McDermott dragged into “Alice in Wonderland” costs hearing

McDermott Will & Emery was in a High Court costs hearing last week, in what the judge said was the “most hopeless application for relief” she’d ever seen.

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On November 8, and for the first time in Portugal, it happened the Pro Bono Day, an initiative dedicated to the cooperation between Law firms, Clearinghouse, Nonprofit organizations, and Law students, as well as to create synergies between Legal Pro Bono stakeholders in Portugal. This initiative took place within the European Pro Bono Week, which this […]

The end of a trend for injunctions against persons unknown?

By Anjali Patel, Lucy Shepherd The High Court has refused to continue an injunction curbing the actions of protesters outside a clothing store. In recent years many injunctions have been sought against persons unknown to restrain the actions of trespassers and protestors. Frequently, these are sought on a quia timet basis, meaning in advance of any […]

Quarter 4: Employment Case Law Update

By Navi Atwal, Simon Fennell, Michael Briggs Continuing our quarterly case law series we look back at some of the key cases since July 2019 and the lessons which we can learn from them. Holiday Pay In Harpur Trust v Brazel, the Court of Appeal (“CoA”) considered whether holiday pay for ‘term-time’ workers should be capped at […]

Renewing subsisting telecoms agreements under Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

By Richard Willcox The Upper Tribunal has clarified another aspect of the new Electronic Communications Code, this time in respect of the complex interplay between the Code and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. When Parliament decided that the relationship between telecoms legislation and property law needed an urgent overhaul, two particular issues were at the […]

VAT on High Court enforcement fees

As we have had a number of enquiries from clients, we have prepared a briefing regarding the coverage during the last week on whether High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) charge VAT on their statutory fees, which was initiated by a question in the House of Lords on 15th October. We also understand that some of […]

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