Publications by Area of Law


The family court’s jurisdiction to direct the burial of a child: Re K

Barrister: Christopher Sharp QC
Area of Law: Children
Source: Family Law Journal

Date: August 2017
Summary:  Christopher Sharp QC, who is acknowledged by Chambers UK as one of only five star Silks in Family Law in the country,  has written an article for the August edition of the Family Law Journal, reviewing the recent case of Re K (A Child : deceased) [2017] EWHC 1083 (Fam).

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Mutual Wills: the case of Legg and Burton v Burton and others A proprietary estoppel solution to replace the need for a binding contract?

Barrister: John Dickinson
Area of Law:  Wills, Trusts & Tax
Date: 14 August 2017
Summary: The case contains a useful summary of the mutual wills doctrine. HHJ Matthews considered submissions made on the fallibility of memory, referring to the decision of Leggatt J in Blue v Ashley [2017] EWHC 1928 (Comm) and he analysed the evidence in terms of its inherent probability and the plausibility of the Claimants’ case. HHJ Matthews finds a proprietary estoppel route around the problem in the much criticised case of Healey v Brown [2002] EWHC 1405 (Ch), in which section 2 of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 was held to prevent a binding contract from arising for a specific gift of an interest in land and this in turn prevented a mutual wills constructive trust from being established. There is an interesting analysis of when a mutual wills constructive trust crystallises.  HHJ Matthews considered that in a mutual wills case the constructive trust would generally arise on the death of the second testator, unless the agreement made between them had some term providing to the contrary. He considered whether the mutual wills constructive trust satisfied the so-called ‘three certainties’ rule, being (1) the intention to make a gift, (2) over what property and (3) who to. HHJ Matthews explains that the ‘three certainties’ rule is not a rule about trust law but rather a rule about property law, and that trusts being part of property law must follow that rule.  The judgment is available here.

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Catalano v Espley-Tyas Development Group Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1132

Barrister: Darren Lewis

Darren analyses the recent Court of Appeal case of Catalano v Espley-Tyas Development Group Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1132, which overturns the Court’s findings in the case of Julie Casseldine v Diocese of Llandaff Board for Social Responsibility (a charity) (2015).

Click here to read the full case: Catalano v Espley-Tyas Development Group Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1132

Read the full article: New Court of Appeal Judgment provides clarity on QOCS – Darren Lewis of St John’s Chambers – 31 07 17. pdf

 

Family Affairs June 2017 | Summer Edition | Financial Remedy update (04.03.17 – 13.06.17)

Barrister: Christopher Sharp QC
Area of Law: Family Finance, ToLATA and Inheritance
Source: FLBA’s Family Affairs: June 2017                                                                                     Date: March 2017
Summary:  The article continues Christopher’s regular reviews of the more important recent financial remedy cases, this one covering the period from March 2017 to June 2017.

Download article: Family Affairs June 2017 | Summer Edition | Financial Remedy update (04.03.17 – 13.06.17)

QOCS and Credit Hire: a Pyrrhic victory avoided and…Autofocus: the End of the Road.

Barrister: Patrick West

Area of law: Personal Injury 

Date: 21 July 2017

Summary: Patrick addresses credit hire charges referencing the case of Select Car Rentals (North West) Ltd v Esure Services Ltd (2017) [2017] EWHC 1434 (QB).

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Mules, Muck Sweats and the Mediation Trough – A Follow Up

Source: St John’s Chambers
Barrister:  Rebecca Taylor & Andrew Kearney
Area of Law: Mediation
Date: June 2017

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Mules, Muck Sweats and The Mediation Trough – A Follow Up

Source: St John’s Chambers
Barrister: Andrew Kearney & Rebecca Taylor
Area of Law: Mediation
Date: June 2017

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How to get the best from your medical expert in clinical negligence cases

Barrister: Justin Valentine
Area of Law: Clinical Negligence
Date:
June 2017
Summary: Justin, discusses the court’s approach to assessing the credibility of expert evidence in clinical negligence claims, providing an overview of what considerations solicitors need to have when choosing an expert, instructing an expert and thereafter assessing how their evidence will be judged in court.

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Family Affairs March 2017 | Financial Remedy update (1.10.16 – 3.03.17)

Barrister: Christopher Sharp QC
Area of Law: Family Finance, ToLATA and Inheritance
Source: FLBA’s Family Affairs: March 2017                                                                                       Date: March 2017
Summary:  The article continues Christopher’s regular reviews of the more important recent financial remedy cases, this one covering the period from October 2017 to March 2017.

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What do children lawyers need to know about the Court of Protection? [2017] Fam Law 537 – 542

Source: Family Law Journal 
Barrister: Abigail Bond & Iain Large
Area of Law: Children & Court of Protection
Date: May 2017
Summary: Abigail Bond and Iain Large publish an article in this month’s Family Law Journal. The article highlights the issues arising when a local authority in care proceedings seeks to deprive a child of liberty in a manner falling short of secure accommodation, and offers a road map to aid understanding of this complex area.

Download the full article: What do children lawyers need to know about the Court of Protection? [2017] Fam Law 537 – 542

 


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