The Rising Cost Of Medical Negligence Claims – Is It Time To Shift The Focus?

A recent letter to the Justice Secretary signed by the NHS Confederation, the British Medical Association and others has warned of the rising cost of medical negligence claims and the...


Lessons To Be Learnt From Collapse Of Carillion

In the wake of the collapse of Carillion, many sub-contractors will be feeling uneasy about the widespread implications of main contractors not paying for work done or becoming insolvent. Here...


Trusts & Divorce

Trusts are an increasingly common issue in family law disputes. They can arise in many circumstances and, in divorce proceedings, when spouses are unable to agree how their assets should...


Heath Brothers in Dispute – Part 1

A recent case in the High Court has highlighted a conflict that may occur when an executor has a claim over an estate. Background The case concerns three brothers, Jeremy,...


Son’s Claim Against his Father’s Estate for £3million Farm Based on Estoppel and Lack of Capacity Fails…

His Honour, Judge Paul Matthews, has handed down his judgment in the High Court case of James v James & Ors [2018] EWHC 43 (Ch) (19 January 2018). The case...


Winter Weather & Work

Travel disruption can sometimes affect an employee’s ability to get to work on time or on some occasions the employee may not get to work at all. These situations can...


How To Deal With The Risks Associated With Departing Employees

Employees who leave their employment under a cloud can cause considerable problems for the employer. This occurred recently when an ex-Twitter employee disabled Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes on...


Objectively Assessed Need For Housing – Court Of Appeal Dismisses Developer’s Planning Challenge

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the High Court against a statutory planning challenge made by developer Jelsons Limited. The developer alleged that the Secretary of State’s...


Legacies To Charities – Can They Be Challenged?

Charities are often named as beneficiaries in wills. Sometimes charities receive small specific sums of money, but there are a number of examples of wealthy people leaving almost their entire...


Contact With Children In Cases Of Domestic Violence

Children who live in homes where domestic violence is present, often grow up in an unpredictable, tension filled and fear dominated environment. A case of domestic abuse and violence between...


Maintenance Takes Many Forms

In a previous blog, we discussed the decision of the High Court in Lewis v Warner regarding the court at first instance allowing a co-habitant to make a claim successfully under...


Housebuilders Lose Written Ministerial Statement Challenge

The High Court has dismissed a claim brought by a consortium of 25 developers to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision to issue a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) and amend...