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Supreme Court considers 'commercial purposes' exception to state immunity

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  • United Kingdom
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  • September 18 2012

A Supreme Court decision concerning the scope of a government's immunity from execution of a judgment under the State Immunity Act 1978 has confirmed that, when determining whether to apply the 'commercial purposes' exception to state immunity, the origin of the property against which execution is sought is irrelevant, even if it is commercial

Statutory corporations' capacity to enter into oil derivative contracts

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  • United Kingdom
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  • September 4 2012

In Standard Chartered Bank v Ceylon Petroleum Corporation the Court of Appeal considered the capacity of a statutory corporation to enter into derivative contracts linked to the market price of oil, and whether the distinction between 'speculative' and 'hedging' or 'risk management' transactions was relevant in this context

XVW & YZA v (1) Gravesend Grammar School for Girls (2) Adventure Life Signs Ltd 2012

  • RPC
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  • United Kingdom
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  • June 12 2012

Two schoolgirls were raped during an overseas school trip to Belize

MP’s partner loses privacy and harassment case against newspaper publisher

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  • United Kingdom
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  • May 24 2012

Carina Trimingham has lost her privacy and harassment case against the publishers of the Daily Mail

Right to die case to proceed

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  • United Kingdom
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  • March 20 2012

The High Court has given permission for Tony Nicklinson, who has locked-in syndrome, to bring a ‘right to die’ case before the courts, rejecting the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) strike out application

Broadcasting and freedom of expression

  • RPC
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  • United Kingdom
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  • September 5 2011

In a recent case, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has set out nine principles derived from decisions of the European Court of Human Rights which should be applied when considering the possible infringement of a party’s right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the “Convention”

Fertility treatment for prisoners: the scope of human rights

  • RPC
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  • United Kingdom
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  • August 3 2011

A recent Freedom of Information request has revealed that since December 2007, 22 prisoners have applied to the Ministry of Justice for artificial insemination treatment

Court of Appeal allows Sharon Shoesmith’s appeal and declares her dismissal void

  • RPC
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  • United Kingdom
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  • June 13 2011

In this high-profile case, Ms Shoesmith was summarily dismissed by Haringey Council as Director of Children’s Services (DCS) in December 2008 following the failures of Haringey’s social services department in the Baby P case

Landmark ruling on solicitors’ ability to indemnify clients against costs liabilities

  • RPC
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  • United Kingdom
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  • April 21 2011

In Sousa v London Borough of Waltham Forest Council the Court of Appeal considered whether a claimant was entitled to recover from a defendant the success fee payable to his solicitors under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) in circumstances where the claim was brought by the claimant's insurers exercising their right of subrogation

Landmark ruling on solicitors’ ability to indemnify clients against costs liabilities

  • RPC
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  • United Kingdom
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  • April 14 2011

The Court of Appeal has recently held that solicitors may agree to indemnify clients against potential adverse costs liabilities