In a useful reminder for parties who might not otherwise consider themselves to be subject to English jurisdiction, in the recent case of Bestolov v Povarenkin, the High Court confirmed that, where a defendant is domiciled in England, the courts of this country have jurisdiction and moreover no discretion to decline jurisdiction. The court held […]
A welcome decision of the English High Court that potentially abusive litigation tactics cannot prevail could prove short-lived as a result of Brexit uncertainty. The usual court first seized rule applies where claims are issued by disputing parties in the courts of two or more EU member states. This means that all courts must stay […]
As stated in our articles ‘A greener and more pleasant land?‘ and ‘EPCs and minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties‘, the implementation of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (Regulations) takes effect from 1 April 2018. With the implementation date fast approaching, this article is intended as a […]
On 18 November 2016, the Court of Appeal brought an end to the long running Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone Inc and others litigation, providing some useful guidance on the extent to which third party litigation funders may be liable to pay the costs of a successful defendant in a funded claim. In short, […]
In July 2017, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) refused to approve the proposed £14 billion class action claim against MasterCard on behalf of 46.2 million consumers who purchased goods or services from UK businesses which accepted MasterCard between 1992 and 2008. The claim followed on from the EU Commission finding in 2007 that MasterCard’s default […]
Morrisons face having to pay compensation to thousands of employees, following a recent decision of the High Court that the UK’s fourth largest chain of supermarkets was vicariously liable for a rogue employee leaking payroll information online. This decision follows the outcome of the first class action concerning a data breach in the UK, brought […]
Clients intending to carry out Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning in relation to their assets should consider completing their planning ahead of the 1 April 2018 changes to the DOTAS Regulations, as they apply to IHT. The Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) regime is not new but, to date, its application to IHT has been […]
On 15 January 2018 Carillion PLC and a number of its subsidiary companies (Carillion) went into liquidation, with the High Court appointing the Official Receiver as liquidator and six partners of PWC as special managers. Those clients who have contracts with Carillion or who are owed money may find the following guidance useful: Check carefully […]
Introduction From Bullseye to Mastermind and from The Chase to Eggheads, it is undeniable that the public love a TV game show. Who (in the UK) doesn’t remember Judith Keppel sensationally becoming the first winner of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? A total of 14.9 million UK viewers (that is about a quarter of […]
The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace is very much in the news, following recent revelations about the mistreatment of women (in particular) in Hollywood, and now in the world of politics. However, this type of behaviour does not just occur in high-profile industries. Indeed, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has reported […]
Since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, commentators have regularly compared our departure from Europe to a couple divorcing. It is self-evident that some of the issues that will need to be addressed are similar; finances have to be sorted out, assets and liabilities must be divided, the “family” future must […]
April Fool’s Day 2018 will not just see the arrival of exceptionally crazy headlines in the tabloid press, but also the introduction of new rules governing the provision of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). EPCs are already a feature of the residential market, and will from 1 April 2018 also begin having a substantial impact upon […]
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