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Month: October 2011


Slander action brought against Law society CEO struck out

A claim for slander brought by Rick Kordowski, owner of the “solicitors from Hell” website, against Law society CEO Desmond Hudson has been struck out by the High Court as an abuse of process. Brett Wilson LLP was instructed by Mr Hudson in relation to Mr Kordowski’s claim. A full copy of the judgment can…

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Judicial split over whether British courts can ignore strasbourg decisions

Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, has criticised the influence of the European Court of Human Rights, stating that whilst British judges should take into account the Court’s decisions, they should not feel bound by them.  The comments were made when Lord Judge addressed the Lords’ Constitution Committee yesterday [19 October 2011].  However, Lord Phillips,…

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Pub landlady in ECJ victory over use of foreign TV decoder to watch premiership football

The ECJ has ruled that national legislation that bans the use of overseas decoders is “…not justified either in light of the objective of protecting intellectual property rights or by the objective of encouraging the public to attend football stadiums”. The issue was referred to the ECJ by the High Court.  The ECJ held that the Premier League could not…

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Government plans to double length of qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans to prevent unfair dismissal claims being brought until an employee has accrued two years of service. Currently employees are able to bring claims after one year of service. Dismissals can be classed as unfair where an employer does not have a fair reason for dismissing an employee, where the…

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