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Month: June 2013


Appeal allowed in Downing street Cash for Access Libel Claim

On 21 June 2013 the Court of Appeal overturned Mr Justice Tugendhats decision in the libel case of Peter Cruddas v (1) Jonathan Calvert (2) Heidi Blake (3) Times Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 748. The Claimant Peter Cruddas is a former Conservative Party co-treasurer who brought libel and malicious falsehood proceedings against two journalists and…

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Law society warns of oversupply of law graduates

Following the publication of the Legal Education and Training Review, the Law society has issued a statement in response indicating that Law graduates should be better informed before undertaking the qualifying courses such as the LPC (Legal Practice Course). Law society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson warned that there was a significant oversupply of graduates seeking careers in the legal…

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County Court has power to refer contempt cases to Attorney-General

In the case of Utopia Tableware LTD v (1) BBP Marketing Ltd (2) British Bung Manufacturing Co Ltd [2013] EWPCC 28 Mr Justice Birss (sitting as a judge of the Patents County Court) ruled judges in the County Court are able to refer matters to the Attorney-General to consider whether contempt of court proceedings should be brought. The background to…

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Daily Mail pays substantial libel damages to celebrity psychic sally Morgan

The Daily Mail has agreed to pay sally Morgan £125,000 in damages and legal costs in settlement of her libel claim.  Mrs Morgan, well-known for her televised and in-theatre appearances as a psychic, sued the Daily Mail for an article published in september 2011.  The article in question suggested that Mrs Morgan had cheated an audience in Dublin in september 2011…

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Supreme Court guidance on venue and stay applications

In VTB Capital PLC v Nutritek Corp [2013] UKsC 5 the supreme Court was asked to consider the refusal by the Court of Appeal to overturn a decision of Arnold J in the High Court that the proper venue for the trial of the claims brought by the Claimant bank was Russia and not the…

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CHANGE OF ADDREss: Brett Wilson LLP has moved to new offices

On Monday 17 June 2013 Brett Wilson LLP moved to Grant House, 56-60 st John street, London, EC1M 4HG. The firm’s telephone, fax, DX and email details remain the same. All post should be directed to the new address. The state of the art offices are based in larger premises, necessitated by the firm’s continuing…

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