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Litigants in Person – Questions should clarify, not lead

By Rachel Elgar The recent case of Global Corporate Ltd v Hale [1] has yet again demonstrated some of the difficulties that can be encountered by the courts and represented parties when dealing with litigants in person (LiPs). We have written previously in some detail about the rising number of LiPs and the fact that case law confirms […]

Licensing news England and Wales: December 2018

By Piers Warne This month in summary Government begins consultation on licensing Airside alcohol Top Licensing Tip: keeping festivities fun Pubs are failing to properly monitor gambling machines, Gambling Commission reports Gambling Commission publishes new report on children and gambling trends

Clean energy investment: An introduction to private equity

By Nick Rains In our previous article we provided an overview of the clean energy sector for those investors who wanted to learn more about the potential investment opportunities. In this edition of the Clean Energy Investment series we turn our attention to private equity, and the opportunities this provides to developers of renewable energy projects.

EU Commission clarifies categories of food supplement additives

By Aude Mahy, Aleksandra Sanak The European Commission has recently amended the Union list of additives authorised for use in food supplements. These products were categorized by their form of supply: solid, liquid and syrup-type or chewable. The latter category often led to interpretation issues. Following the discussions with Member States, the Commission decided to […]

HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

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Emma Taylor on allocation of damages to small children.

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Lloyd's fails to block names' fraud claim

Roger Pearson reports on a bid by the insurance giant to block claims against the company of fraudulent misrepresentation Lloyd’s has failed to block one of the first major High Court battles of 2000, in which the insurer faces fraud allegations. The Appeal Court has paved the way for continuation of the bitterly contested action […]

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A VAT battle between Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and the Commissioners for Customs and Excise is under consideration by the House of Lords. The Lords are deciding whether to grant leave for an appeal by LIPA against an Appeal Court ruling in March this year that advertising and publicity services supplied to LIPA […]

Top silks call for partnership rights

A Leading silk is calling for radical changes to barristers’ practice rules so they can create partnerships. Andrew Arden QC, head of Arden Chambers, is demanding the rules change because the market and the way barristers operate has changed. Arden points to increasing competition with solicitors and the consequent corporate branding of chambers as well […]

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