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Civil Litigation


21.06.21

Are you a director who is being chased for debts by liquidators?

When a company is under financial distress, a director must be extremely careful when moving money out of the company or, if the company becomes insolvent, a liquidator may attempt to claw back funds from them. Below, we consider some of the common questions that a director will have when being chased by a liquidator…

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Lawyers: can editing witness statements be a criminal act?

The recent Crown Court finding that Peter Metcalf, solicitor for South Yorkshire Police in the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy, had ‘no case to answer’ for perverting the course of justice has proved controversial. The full judgment can be found here. This detailed ruling offers an insight into how reviewing, advising on and editing witness…

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10.06.21

Have you been wrongfully removed as a director or shareholder of a company?

Being removed without proper cause as a director, shareholder (or both) from Companies House’ records is more common than you might think. A change to the officers or shareholdings of a private limited company cannot occur without compliance with various statutory and constitutional procedures.  However, as Companies House is not policed as such, anyone that…

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3.02.21

How the pandemic has changed civil litigation for the better

In April 2020, we looked at how the civil justice system were adapting during the first national lockdown.  Nearly a year on, many of those changes have become commonplace.  Whilst there have been ample temporary restrictions and moratoriums put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic which have been somewhat frustrating for parties currently and/or wishing…

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Rebecca Ridsdale joins Brett Wilson LLP’s Civil and Family law department

Rebecca Ridsdale has joined Brett Wilson’s Civil and Family law department. Rebecca specialises in family law and civil litigation matters. Rebecca has extensive experience in high net worth divorce and family cases. For Rebecca’s full biography, please click here.

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23.11.20

Brett Wilson LLP’s offices open for face-to-face consultations

Brett Wilson LLP’s London offices have reopened for face-to-face consultations.  Clients who would prefer to have a Skype, Teams or telephone consultation continue to have this option. The safety of clients and staff is of paramount importance.  The firm has a rigorous Covid-19 protocol, approved by the British Safety Council.  All staff and visitors are…

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Should the Supreme Court be less supreme?

The Telegraph has reported that Ministers are understood to be discussing plans to change the name of the Supreme Court, cut the number of permanent judges, and bring in new judges with “specialist” knowledge to hear individual cases.  The government has been considering reform since last year when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Boris…

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The benefits of Alternate Dispute Resolution and a conciliatory approach to litigation during the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly resulted in difficulties for all types of corporations, felt most significantly due to the financial strains and pressures which the pandemic has caused. The sources and causes of commercial disputes not only continue to exist, but have been amplified as a result of cash-flow concerns, supply and employment issues which…

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22.10.20

Brett Wilson LLP and its lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2021 directory

Brett Wilson LLP’s Defamation/Reputation Management and Criminal Defence teams have again been recommended by the prestigious Chambers and Partners directory. Partners Iain Wilson (noted for being an ‘astute and bold lawyer who is not afraid to take on any sort of challenge in media and civil litigation. He has an impressive creative and courageous edge…

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Cameras in court: should we be doing more to facilitate open justice in the civil system?

Media lawyers will have experienced, or at least be aware of, an anonymised claimant having been stripped of their anonymity by a court.  MLA became Rhodes, PNM became Khuja and JMO and KTA became Khan and Khan etc.  In each case, the court decided in favour of the overarching principle of open justice. The principles…

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