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Caryn MacKenzie asks should solicitors be liable for costs?

The latest issue on litigation costs is to suggest that law firms are liable to pay the other sides’ costs if their client fails to pay the successful party’s costs. The argument arises out of the old and little-known torts of maintenance and champetry. Maintenance makes it unlawful for a third party, who has no […]

Litigation Writs 21/03/95

The niece of a man who died in March 1991 faces High Court action to make her repay over u49,000. David Thorp, personal representative of the late Robert Jones, has issued a writ against Mr Jones’ niece, Joan Jones of Caernarfon, and Elizabeth Ellis of Bethel. Ms Jones became her uncle’s attorney before his death […]

Litigation Forthcoming Case 03/10/95

Roger Pearson looks at the first piece of major lottery litigation SIB The High Court’s Family Division is set for the first major lottery litigation. Mukhtar Mohidin, who won £18 million on the lottery, is now locked in dispute with his wife Sayeeda over who gets the money. Mr Mohidin, 40, one-time Blackburn factory worker, […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 03/10/95

IAN GORDON COCKBURN, 49, admitted 1969, practised as Cockburns, Brighton, struck off and ordered to pay £3,665 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised or held himself out as being entitled to practise without current practising certificate, failed to reconcile books of account, delivered accounts late, failed to keep accounts correctly, failed to pay client funds into […]

Litigation Writs 03/10/95

Michael Parri-Hughes, former managing director of Cray Systems, of Frimley, Surrey, is being sued for damages for allegedly failing to use reasonable skill and care in his work. Cray’s writ claims damages for breach of his employment contract and damages for breach of trust and confidence during his time as managing director and head of […]

Biddle & Co.

Bill Dixon , a partner at Biddle & Co., asks how reliable is memory in witness testimony A great deal of psychological research is now available on both human memory in general and witness testimony in particular. The dramatic effect of leading questions, for example, has been documented. A US researcher Elizabeth Loftus, showed film […]

Trial date for Maxwell case

The Old Bailey trial of Kevin and Ian Maxwell, who are on trial along with Larry Trachtenberg and others, is scheduled to begin on 18 April next year. They face charges of theft and false accounting in connection with the multi-million pound fraud involving Daily Mirror pension funds. The case is expected to last several […]

Cutting down the paperwork

Roger Pearson finds courtroom technology comes into its own dealing with expert evidence New technology is increasingly evident in our courts. with laptops fast taking over from counsel’s notebooks in more complex cases. One court at the High Court where Lloyd’s litigation has been under way could at times be likened to a computer showroom […]

Marchioness in libel action

The Marchioness of Milford Haven, is to seek injunctions banning further publication of a News of the World story linking her to James Hewitt. She is also seeking libel damages over the story which was printed alongside photographs of her and Hewitt under the heading ‘Hewitt is at it again’. The London firm of Harkavys […]

Double murder trial date set

The trial is scheduled to begin at the Old Bailey on 15 March of Robert Napper who is accused of the double murder of Samantha Bissett at her Plumstead home and her toddler daughter Jasmine. Samantha was stabbed to death and her daughter was smothered with a pillow.

Litigation Recent Desicions 28/02/95

Supplying of limousine to take passengers to airport Virgin Atlantic Airways v Commissioners of Customs & Excise; Canadian International Airlines v the same. (QBD (Turner J) 3/2/95) Summary: The provision of a limousine service for first class passengers from their homes to the airport is an integral part of the supply of air transport and […]

House of Lords cases

Judgment is pending in the House of Lords for the case of Regina v H which will focus on contaminated evidence and the admissibility of evidence in sex cases. Newspaper law is also to be thrown under the House of Lords spotlight in the case of Charleston and another v News Group Newspapers and another. […]

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