Supreme Court decision in Coventry v Lawrence: latest article from Nicholas Pointon and Richard Gold

Nicholas PointonNicholas Pointon and Richard Gold, members of our commercial dispute resolution team have today published an article on the recent Supreme Court decision in Coventry v Lawrence. 

Nicholas and Richard review the recent decision in Coventry v Lawrence concerning noise, nuisance and a new approach to damages in lieu of injunctive relief. This case is of importance to chancery and commercial practitioners Richard Goldalike. The Supreme Court’s remarks on the subject of injunctive relief herald a departure
from the traditional Shelfer test in favour of a more flexible approach.

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What the Law Commission is really saying about pre-nups: latest article from Andrew Commins

Andrew ComminsAndrew Commins, member of our family finance, ToLATA & inheritance team has today published an article on what the Law Commission is really saying about pre-nups.

Today sees the release of the Law Commission’s recommendations regarding ‘Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements’.  Andrew provides a summary of its key proposals, which range from statutory reform and judicial guidelines to suggestions for official Government-led research and the endorsement of an approach to the division of non-matrimonial property.  A financial remedies revolution? You decide…!

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Our family finance, ToLATA & inheritance team have in-depth experience in advising on the drafting and use of nuptial agreements. If you would like to discuss your case further, please contact our .

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Charlie Newington-Bridges presents a talk on case law developments in the financial services sector

Charlie Newington BridgesCharlie Newington-Bridges, member of our banking team spoke on case law developments in the financial services sector at Clarke Willmott’s ‘A Legal perspective on the Financial Services industry’ seminar today, which was held at their Bristol office.

Charlie spoke alongside Philippa Hann, a partner in the financial services team at Clarke Willmott, who covered the ‘The Pensions Bill 2014’. The event was attended by over 40 firms in the financial services industry including: Grant Thornton LLP, Milsted Langdon, St. James’s Place Wealth Management, Smith & Williamson, along with many more.

Charlie’s presentation covers four cases:

  • Clarke v In Focus Asset Management [2014] EWCA Civ 118
  • Emptage v FSCS [2013] EWCA Civ 729
  • Arch-cru
  • Keydata  

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Costs and case management: latest article from Patrick West

Patrick WestPatrick West, member of our personal injury team has recently published an article on costs and case management: putting the “C” into “CCMC”.

Patrick reviews recent decisions on costs and gives tips about making the most of the post-Jackson costs and case management conference.

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Jeremy Phillips appointed Editor in Chief for Paterson’s Licensing Acts

Jeremy PhillipsJeremy Phillips, associate member of our licensing team, has been appointed Editor in Chief for Paterson’s Licensing Acts.

Jeremy is one of the UK’s leading licensing barristers, and represents many of the leading leisure and retail operators, as well as police forces, councils and residents in relation to licence reviews and new applications.

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St John’s Chambers announce finalists for the Bristol Venus ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award

St John’s Chambers announced its three finalists for the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award on Friday at the Bristol Venus Awards’ afternoon tea event, at the Royal Marriott Hotel. Chambers are sponsoring this award in recognition of the valuable entrepreneurial achievements of women. In attendance were award category sponsors Natwest, along with other sponsors including Heart Global, Spire Hospital, ‘Women outside the box’ and Stone & Co Chartered Accountants.

Venus Awards

The winner will be announced at the first ever Bristol Venus Awards, to be held on 21st March 2014, along with many more categories. This prestigious award ceremony recognises the efforts and accomplishments of local high achieving business women.

Our three finalists (below) have been chosen from over 15 applications, as they have shown to identify great business opportunities and innovative ideas.

For more information on the award categories, visit Venus Awards website.


A different Court of Appeal takes a different view on Jim Ennis, Aspect Contracts: latest article from Andrew Kearney

Andrew KearneyConstruction Barrister and Adjudicator Andrew Kearney shares his reaction to the recent case of Walker Construction (UK) Ltd v Quayside Homes Ltd & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 93 (7 February 2014).

Andrew describes how a differently constituted Court of Appeal has taken a different view on Jim Ennis, Aspect Contracts and when the limitation period expires for proceedings seeking a final determination after an Adjudication.

For Andrew’s detailed discussion of the case, click here.

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When best interests collide: A protected party, protected party’s children and the Court of Protection: latest article from Sarah Phillimore

Sarah PhillimoreSarah Phillimore, member of our children’s team has recently published an article for Family Law Week.

Sarah and Daniela Nickols, associate solicitor with Mowbray Woodwards, analyse the recent case of X,Y, and Z [2014] EWHC 87 (COP) in which the Court of Protection considered the interplay between the best interests of a protected party and that party’s children.

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High Court judgment released in Alex Troup’s BNP case, White v Matthys

Alex TroupA High Court judgment has now been released in the case of Re Robson Deceased, sub nom White v Matthys and others, in which Alex Troup, member of our wills, trusts and probate team, appeared for the claimant executor.

The case raises the novel issue of whether a testamentary gift in favour of a political party (in this case, the British National Party), made by an English person resident abroad but not registered on the electoral register prior to his death, is invalidated by Part IV of the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

The Judge, Mr Richard Sheldon QC sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, held that on the proper construction of the Act, the gift was invalid. Further, whilst the BNP had attempted to avoid this conclusion by executing a Deed of Variation of the testator’s will in favour of a widely drafted charitable trust, the Judge held that the charitable trust could not be in any better position than the BNP itself. The consequence was that the gift failed and passed to the testator’s two sons on intestacy.

This case has attracted considerable amounts of publicity including reports in the Telegraph, the Express and the Daily Mail.

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Staking a claim: latest article from Philip Jenkins

Philip JenkinsPhilip Jenkins member of our wills, trusts and probate team has recently published an article on ‘staking a claim’ for the Law Society’s Private Client Magazine.

With claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 currently on the rise, Philip examines some issues of practice and procedure, and looks at how the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill will potentially remove some obstacles to bringing claims.

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