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Ilott v Mitson: the Supreme Court decision – what does this mean for claims by adult children under the Inheritance Act 1975?

Now that the Supreme Court have handed down their judgment on this case, and the matter has been reviewed by many contentious probate practitioners, we can look at what the judgment says and what effect it will have for other adult childen who wish to make a claim against their parent’s Estate. The case of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Consumer Rights Act 2015

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 brings in many changes to consumer law which will affect both consumers and businesses alike. Rights and remedies available to consumers have been clarified and confirmed. Businesses and traders can be clearer on their obligations too. The Act replaces the majority of the ‘big three’ pieces of consumer legislation –… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Ilott v Mitson and others – Challenging a Will

The recent case of Ilott V Mitson and others [2015] EWCA Civ 797 has upheld the challenge by a disinherited daughter to seek financial provision from the Estate of her estranged mother, but increased the award given to the daughter. This case has helped clarify the law in contentious probate and drawn the public’s attention… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Data protection, loss of data and compensation

A recent Court of Appeal decision has changed the rules on compensation for data protection breaches, so that compensation may be awarded for a breach, even if no financial losses have occurred. This will have implications for many businesses, including the Travel industry and those who control and hold customer data. The case of Google… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

New law on alternative dispute resolution for traders and consumers

Consumer rights are important when problems arise between a consumer and a trader (including retailers and distributors. If a problem or dispute arises, a consumer should first notify the trader to try to resolve that dispute direct. If they cannot resolve the dispute between them, then there are few options open to the consumer. Legal… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Fuller v West Sussex County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 189

The requirement for a causal link between a breach of Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (risk assessments), and Regulation 4 of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1999, and a personal injury. Fuller v West Sussex County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 189 Summary. The Claimant, Ms Fuller, was… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

McIlroy’s mediation fails so he is off to trial – why mediation matters

World-famous golfer Rory McIlroy has failed to resolve his dispute with his former agent Horizon Sports Management and two other companies through mediation and is now facing a full hearing next year. Mr McIIroy is in a dispute over fees, with the golfer claiming that the representation agreement signed by him is invalid and unenforceable… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

To be a Director or not a Director – that is the question?

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal has upheld a finding that a director of a holding company had not become a director of its subsidiary company. This meant that the director of the holding company had not infringed his duties as a director and become open to possible action against him by the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The end of Glee?

A battle is being fought over the use of the name ‘the Glee Club’, which has been registered as a trademark. The High Court have recently made their decision over the use of the phrase and found against the broadcasting powerhouse Twentieth Century Fox, meaning a re-name and re-brand of the TV show in the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The sun is out but assets can still be frozen

A Russian tycoon, Sergei Pugachev, has been served with an order freezing $2 billion of his assets by the UK High Court in an insolvency matter. This will mean that he cannot sell his properties or cars, or spend the money in his bank accounts. A liquidator has been appointed to deal with the now… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)