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When a child might be a child and when a child might not be a child

By Abid Mahmood Age Determination. New Case from the High Court. Age dispute case have been notoriously difficult to deal with, both for the Courts, but also for the Local Authorities and litigants involved. Before turning to the new case, it is worth remembering that in R (on the application of) S (by his litigation friend) […]

Law to improve accessibility to marketing authorisations for drugs could have some nasty side-effects

By Ksenia Paramonova Precis: The Russian Ministry of Health has introduced a draft bill that clarifies the application process for marketing authorisations for a drug. There is concern that the new accessibility could lead to infringement when authorisation is sought for generic drugs. However, a proposed unified registry could prevent this. In October 2018 the Russian […]

Vedanta resources PLC & another v Lungowe & others – Supreme Court rules UK correct jurisdiction to bring claim against Zambian subsidiary

By Lee P McBride, Nick Harding, Ben Stansfield In a judgment that could have far reaching effects for UK incorporated companies with foreign subsidiaries, the Supreme Court has decided that 1,826 Zambian citizens (the claimants) are entitled to bring a group action in the UK courts in respect of alleged harm to their health and farming activities arising […]

Parent liability for international subsidiaries and jurisdiction disputes

By Nick Lees, Tim Pickworth  Why is this case important? Whether a UK parent company’s duty of care may extend to foreign subsidiaries has hit the legal headlines a number of times recently [1].  The Lungowe case concerns pollution and environmental damage allegedly caused by an international subsidiary based in Zambia.  It centres on whether, and how, the […]

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Singapore opens doors to foreign firm joint ventures

The legal market in the Far East is set to boom following a new proposal by Singapore’s Attorney General to allow foreign law firms to enter into joint ventures with local lawyers. His report, due out in the next few weeks, is expected to allow the joint ventures to practise all areas of law. Singapore […]

Litigation Personal Injury 17/5/99

William Alec Davies v Paul A Clarkson (1999) QBD (McKinnon J) 28 April 1999 Plaintiff: Male, married with children, 28 years old at date of accident; 35 years old at date of judgment. Incident: The plaintiff was standing by a parked car when he was hit by the defendant’s car. Liability admitted. Injuries: The plaintiff […]

Playwright stalks Theodores

Playwright Terence Frisby steps up his “campaign of torment” against Theodore Goddard this morning, when leaflets offering secretly delivered, discounted copies of his book Outrageous Fortune will be handed out to staff as they arrive at work. Frisby, the author of hit play There’s a Girl in my Soup, published the book last year, which […]

Marriotts prepares for trade mark wars

The force is with a team of lawyers from London firm Marriott Harrison. The firm is preparing for a surge of copyright and trade mark infringements following the launch of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. A Marriott Harrison team of two partners and two assistant solicitors did all the legal work on […]

Irwin Mitchell warns funding code may breach human rights convention …

Irwin Mitchell, the UK’s largest legal aid practice, has written to minister of state Geoff Hoon, warning that the draft funding code may breach the human rights convention and create an unworkable new bureaucracy. Partner Andrew Lockley says: “Government cuts on legal aid will be even worse than has hitherto been realised and are just […]

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