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Month: July 2020


Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman withdraw libel claim against barrister and agree contribution to her legal costs

Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman have agreed to withdraw their libel claim against immigration barrister Jane Heybroek. A copy of Ms Heybroek’s statement on the matter can be found here.   Jane Heybroek was represented by Max Campbell and Iain Wilson of Brett Wilson LLP and Ian Helme of Matrix Chambers. If you have…

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How legal crowdfunding can help you bring/defend a case

We are all familiar with the concept of crowdfunding, whether in the context of supporting a new business venture or contributing to a worthy cause.  Crowdfunding is now becoming an established method of funding a legal case – whether it is the pursuit of a claim or the defence of criminal proceedings. In the legal…

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Guidance on examination of mobile phones in sexual offence cases

In cases where offences such as rape or sexual assault are alleged, disclosure of the content of messaging (in particular) on the complainant’s mobile telephone often becomes a highly relevant issue. Allegations of this nature are often made by those in a relationship with the suspect or there may be significant dispute about consent. Those…

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Brett Wilson LLP new offices to open on 4 August for face to face consultations

After four months of the firm operating remotely, Brett Wilson LLP’s new offices at 35-37 St John’s Lane, London, EC1M 4BJ will open on 4 August. Clients who wish to arrange a socially-distanced ‘face to face’ consultations will be able to book one from this date onwards.  Clients who would prefer to have a Skype…

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What is the ‘rough sex’ defence, and is it actually being banned?

The Domestic Abuse Bill 2020 is a landmark piece of legislation designed to protect both victims of domestic offences and those susceptible to such abuse, making it easier to bring perpetrators to justice. This blog focuses on one aspect of it, namely the purported abolition of the ‘rough sex defence’. It is not a commentary…

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No-fault divorce legislation passed

After passing both Houses, on 25 June 2020, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (‘the Act’) received Royal Assent. The Act itself is very short, but makes significant amendments to the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and Civil Partnership Act 2004. Below we explore the following questions in relation to the changes to the Matrimonial…

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How long do I have to make a claim if I have been left out of a Will? The courts show some flexibility

If you are left out of a Will of a deceased person who you expected to provide you with financial support, you may be able to bring a claim under what is known as the “Inheritance Act” (or to give it its full name, the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975)). There are…

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Restrictions of creditor rights during Covid-19

On 25 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (‘the Act’) received Royal Assent and is now enforceable law.  The Act contains a number of measures relating to both insolvency proceedings and corporate governance, and for the most part intends to provide companies and their directors with greater protection and flexibility during covid-19 and…

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