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Month: May 2023


Is compulsory mediation in family law proceedings a good idea?

The government is running a consultation on the proposed use of compulsory mediation in family law disputes.  The aim of the consultation is to inform proposals which will support separating couples to resolve financial and child disputes without resorting to court.  One of the key proposals put forward provides for families in appropriate circumstances to…

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Underpayment of court fee by £24 sees claim thrown out

The importance of not leaving it until the last minute to issue claims and ensuring that the correct court fee is paid was highlighted in Peterson & Anor v Howard De Walden Estates Ltd [2023] EWHC 929 (KB). In Peterson, the Court threw out a claim after solicitors acting for the Claimant underpaid the court…

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Press Release: UCU General Secretary Jo Grady pays Paul Embery Twitter libel damages

UCU General Secretary Dr Jo Grady has agreed to pay substantial damages to firefighter, trade unionist and writer Paul Embery, after defaming him on Twitter. In a statement read in the High Court today before His Honour Judge Lewis, Mr Embery’s solicitor Tom Double explained that Dr Grady had libelled Mr Embery after he had…

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Did you receive inadequate pension advice on your divorce settlement?

The importance of ensuring that you obtain comprehensive advice in relation to your financial settlement in divorce was highlighted in Lewis -v- Cunningtons Solicitors [2023] EWHC 822 (KB). In Lewis, the Court awarded Joanne Lewis £400,000 after finding that she had entered into an unfair settlement agreement with her former husband, Mr Mayne, because Cunningtons…

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The ICO needs to do more than pay lip service to data processing complaints against search engines and the press

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s ‘supervisory authority’, as required by the Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) (superseded by the EU General Data Protection Regulation and later the UK General Data Protection Regulation) on all matters concerning personal data. Amongst its roles, the ICO is obliged to consider complaints from members of the…

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