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Clifford Chance faces £1m claim over millionaire's will

CLIFFORD Chance is being sued for about £1 million over allegations that it acted negligently by failing to implement the final wishes of the late property millionaire Eric Hopton. The writ also names David Bowyer, former head of Clifford Chance’s private client division and currently with City firm Withers. The case is expected to attract […]

Kathryn Birchwood finds an anomaly in security for costs.

Kathryn Birchwood is an assistant solicitor in the litigation department at Travers Smith Braithwaite. In Condliffe v Hislop (1996), the Court of Appeal had to consider whether an order for security for costs should be made against a bankrupt individual plaintiff on the grounds that the action was being maintained by his mother. The court […]

Ancient court house saved

LAWYERS in Lancaster are celebrating a three-year stay of execution for an historic crown court threatened with closure. A six-month campaign to keep the court open succeeded when the Lord Chancellor’s Department agreed to review plans to transfer work from ancient Lancaster Castle to a new court complex at Preston. Closure would have ended Lancaster’s […]

Insurance specialist to head LSLA

INSURANCE law specialist Richard Evans has been elected to head the London Solicitors Litigation Association. Evans, senior litigation partner at the City firm Beachcroft Stanleys, replaces Michael Seymour at the head of the group, which aims to promote “the efficient conduct of civil litigation in London”. He will be at the helm for a two-year […]

Future faces of discrimination

A specialist lawyer in the discrimination field believes the future pattern of claims over discrimination is set for change. She envisages an increase in the number of ‘white v black’ and ‘male v female’ claims. At the same time though, she stresses that claims based on sex rather than race discrimination predominate. After her involvement […]

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