Recent Cases

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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O’Neill v Holland [2020] EWCA Civ 1583

30 November 2020

Requirements for pleading and establishing detrimental reliance in constructive trust claim against sole owner of property.

The Court of Appeal has considered claims to an interest in the family home when in the name of one member of the family under the constructive trust doctrine, the need for detrimental reliance and what amounts to detrimental reliance in fact in O’Neill v Holland [2020] EWCA Civ 1583. Leslie Blohm QC led Michael Horton of Coram Chambers for the Respondent.

Read full: O’Neill v Holland 2020 EWCA Civ 1583

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Re JL (A Child) (Leave to Apply to Revoke a Placement Order) [2020] EWCA Civ 1253

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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Barlow v Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 696; [2021] QB 229

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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Heathfield International LLC v (1) Axiom Stone (London) Limited (2) Medecall Limited [2020] EWHC 1075 (Ch)

1 April 2020

Natasha Dzameh represented the second defendant in a relief from sanctions application in respect of a late costs budget against a background of procedural breaches/deadline failures.

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Sofer v SIT [2020] EWCA Civ 699

1 April 2020

Considered the requirements for pleading a dishonest breach of trust against trustees.

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Lent v Freer

27 March 2020

Ben successfully represented this cyclist who sustained severe colorectal and orthopaedic injuries in a road traffic accident.

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Alexander v Wheeler

24 March 2020

Andrew Mclaughlin has successfully defended one of the largest FD cases to be tried in the past 12 months.

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P v (1) A Transport Company and (2) An Insurer (anonymised for confidentiality)

10 March 2020

Ben successfully represented a child claimant who was seriously injured on a school trip in France when the coach he was travelling on flipped on a motorway.

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Scott v Allen [2019]; Smith, Binns & Clarke v Scott [2020]

27 February 2020

Natasha Dzameh successfully represented an administrator in joined trials in the High Court. The first concerned a claim by the administrator for an injunction, an account and other relief in relation to a property he alleged was the main asset in the Deceased’s estate.

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A LA v F

10 February 2020

Asha represented the local authority in this 5 day final hearing in care proceedings concerning allegations of inflicted injury. She secured significant findings of physical and emotional abuse against both parents.

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