Recent Cases

Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation v Hardy [2021] EWHC 714 (Ch)

6 April 2021

Charlie Newington-Bridges was instructed by Willans LLP to act for the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation (‘the Foundation’) in an application brought by the Foundation against one of its members who had made a request for a list of the names and addresses of the members of the Foundation under s116 of the Companies Act 2006. The defendant had sought the list, amongst other things, to seek the removal of directors of the Foundation on grounds of gross negligence and other serious allegations. The Foundation refused the request and made the application under s117 to the Court on, in essence, two grounds. Firstly, that the request was invalid because it did not contain all the information required under s116 and, secondly, that the request was made for improper purposes.

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JB v SW [2021] EWHC 812 (Fam)

1 April 2021

Lucy was successful in an appeal against an occupation order (pro bono).

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D v (1) A Clinician and (2) A Hospital Trust (anonymised for confidentiality

11 March 2021

Ben is acting in a £500,000+ claim for a claimant who suffered a stroke when a feeding line was incorrectly inserted into an artery during routine surgery, leaving them with a host of speech, hearing mobility, and sensory problems.

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Davey v Bailey [2021] EWHC 445 (Ch)

26 February 2021

Judgment was handed down today in the case of Davey v. Bailey [2021] EWHC 445 (Ch), in which Alex Troup, instructed by Graham Evans & Partners, acted for the successful Defendants.

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Morrell v Morrell, 2021 EWHC 117 (Ch)

29 January 2021

John Dickinson was successful in obtaining for his clients an order in a Part 8 claim to rectify a deed of variation that varied Gillian Morrell’s will, so as to provide that £450,000 from the half share she left to her son Philip was to be settled in a discretionary trust for Philip, his wife and their three children, with Philip and his wife as trustees.

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A v (1) A School Authority and (2) A Teacher (anonymised for confidentiality)

13 January 2021

Ben is acting for a local authority in a £1.5m claim involving highly sensitive allegations of sexual abuse over a prolonged period while the claimant was a primary school student.

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A Local Authority x X & Y [2020] EWFC 36

4 January 2021

Abigail Bond represented a profoundly deaf mother in ‘highly unusual, if not unique’ care proceedings, where the mother, who had no recognisable or formal language, gave her ‘evidence’ in a series of pre-recorded interviews conducted by a specialist psychologist and a sign-language interpreter. The mother retained the care of her child within a Shared Lives placement.

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Y and Z (Separation of siblings) [2020] EWFC B59

9 December 2020

Two local authorities disagreed about whether the two sisters (one placed in each of their care) should be placed together or separately for adoption. Lucy acted for Bristol City Council who sought placement together. Outcome: placement together.

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Re Benning/Groves

1 November 2020

Emma Zeb is acting for MOJ – Article 2 inquest concerning a death related to Psychoactive substances.

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Graeme Harrison successful in the Court of Appeal

9 October 2020

Graeme (instructed by Jay Oberoi of Avon & Somerset Family Law) represented the maternal grandmother on her application for leave to apply for the revocation of a placement order made in February 2020 at the end of care and placement proceedings.

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X County Council v Y (A mother) & Ors [2020] EWHC 3638 (Fam)

2 October 2020

Lucy acted for prospective adopters intervening in care and placement proceedings in order to secure placement with them.

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OG v AG [2020] EWFC 52

29 July 2020

Mostyn J’s judgment in OG v AG, in which Christopher Sharp QC and Andrew Commins represented the wife, provides a number of important pointers for financial remedy practitioners.

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Gregory v Penchard Limited

16 July 2020

Ben represented the Claimant in this £1m+ employers’ liability claim following a manual handling accident, which successfully settled at a JSM shortly before trial.

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Sofer v. Swissindependent Trustees SA [2020] EWCA Civ 699

8 June 2020

Leslie Blohm QC and Alex Troup of the Wills & Trust Team, instructed by Burges Salmon LLP, represented the successful Appellant, Robert Sofer, in the case of Sofer v. Swissindependent Trustees SA [2020] EWCA Civ 699.

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Gulliksen dead and McGeown fatally wounded? An important case for highway lawyers

2 June 2020

More higher court success for Matthew White in a case of significance for claims involving accidents on the highway.

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Barlow v. Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 696.

1 June 2020

Matthew White, of St John’s Chambers’ personal injury team, successfully represented the claimant in Barlow v. Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 696.

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Powell v Ham competitive carriage driving accident

1 June 2020

Richard Stead, instructed by Lea Brocklebank, partner in DACB Beachcroft’s Complex and Catastrophic Injury Team, successfully defended a GB International carriage driver in a claim alleging negligence arising out of an accident occurring during a competition at the Indoor Carriage Driving National Championships.

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Challen v Challen [2020] EWHC 1330 (Ch)

28 May 2020

The High Court in Bristol (HHJ Matthews) has granted Sally Challen relief from the forfeiture arising from her killing of her husband Richard in 2010.

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Alwitry v SEB

27 April 2020

Nick Pointon, together with Jersey Advocate Steven Chiddicks, has been representing Consultant Ophthalmologist Mr Amar Alwitry in long running proceedings before the Jersey courts, arising out of his unlawful dismissal in 2012.

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