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The Michaelmas court term has been a busy one, with a range of landmark judgments at all levels of the court system.
In September the Court of Appeal threw out a case brought by the father of a pupil at Marlborough College. Russell Gray said the school had breached a contract over his son Rhyss education and that it had no right to prevent him from undertaking his A-levels there.
Colman Coyle and 4-5 Grays Inn Squares Richard McManus QC acted for Gray as he took his fight to the Court of Appeal. But the court found that the school had not breached any contract and added that the court proceedings were not the best way to deal with the dispute.
Partner David Smellie and assistant Kate Allass of Farrer & Co instructed Blackstone Chambers Monica Carrs-Frisk QC for the school.
Meanwhile, the thorny topic of extradition was back in the courts in October, when White & Case London litigation head Alistair Graham took retired businessman Ian Norriss fight against extradition to the US to the High Court. Norriss appeals for a judicial review of the UKs extradition legislation had previously failed.
Graham instructed Brick Court Chambers Richard Gordon QC for the extradition hearing, which is awaiting judgment.
At the end of November the Privy Council, the highest court for Commonwealth countries, handed down its decision in a landmark case the first time that a case from the Pitcairn Islands had reached this level.
The remote Pacific island was first colonised by mutineers from The Bounty in 1790 and has seldom troubled lawmakers. However, in 1996 allegations were made regarding widespread child sex abuse on the island, prompting the prosecution of six island men in 2004.
The men took their case to the Privy Council because they said the laws that created the offences under which they were charged did not apply to Pitcairn and that there was an abuse of process in bringing the prosecutions.
However the Privy Council disagreed,upholdingthe convictions. Lovells acted pro bono for the four defendants, with Privy Council agents Alan Taylor & Co representing the remaining two. Moon Beever acted for the Crown.