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Jane Wessel on the problem with transatlantic experts

Jane Wessel Where a situation exists involving complex and technical litigation in the UK and US, a real danger arises if the same expert is used in both cases. A case concerning patent disputes is currently pending in the US Federal Court and the English High Court which concern similar subject matter. Jones Day is […]

BNF takes on Greenpeace

* British Nuclear Fuels and Greenpeace are heading for a high-profile High Court showdown. The environment group is accused of damaging one of BNF’s irradiated fuel flasks at a motorway service station. BNF says that in the incident at Southwaite Service Station on the M6 in Cumbria its vehicle was interfered with and the irradiated […]

Jonathan Isted examines a new twist in the discovery debate

The recommendations in Lord Woolf’s interim report to the Lord Chancellor will send a shiver down the spine of any litigator who routinely deploys discovery “siege gun” tactics in the conduct of large cases. It is well known that the existing rules of Order 24 provide the opportunity for the parties and their advisers to […]

Litigation Writs 04/07/95

Policewoman Michaela Hawkes, 28, of Littlehampton, has launched High Court action over whiplash injuries she received in a 1989 road accident. Her writ says she was a front seat passenger in a car driven by Vanessa Phillips, of Southampton, when it was in collision with a car driven by Rowland Hart on the A27 near […]

Know your limitations

Keith Ryan reports on a recent case which makes it easier to sue a professional adviser A recent decision by the House of Lords could open the floodgates to legal actions for negligence against professional advisers. Accountants, solicitors, architects and surveyors can now be sued about disputed events which happened many years ago. All the […]

Tug of love body battle to High Court

Roger Pearson looks at two women’s dispute over the right to cremate The date has been set for a case in the High Court in which two women are fighting over the dead body of the man they loved. David Brinson died of pancreatic cancer in May at the age of 42. At the time […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 04/04/95

Morgan Grenfell: council’s guarantee prohibited Council’s guarantee ultra vires Morgan Grenfell & Co v Sutton London Borough Council (1995). (QBD (Clarke J) 23/2/95). Summary: Local authority’s guarantee for unregistered housing association’s borrowing ultra vires and void. Claim by Morgan Grenfell & Co for u790,929 against Sutton London Borough Council under a guarantee and indemnity given […]

Case dates are set

* The following jury cases are listed to be heard in the High Court Queen’s Bench Division in April: Ardmore Construction and Others v MGN L and Others (not before 10 April); Straton-James v MGN (not before 25 April); Bookbinder v Times Newspapers and Others (not before 25 April); Monson and Another v The Sunday […]

O'Hara wins leave to appeal

* The Law Lords have now given leave for Gerard O’Hara, who was arrested by the RUC in December 1985 under the 1984 Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act to appeal against Northern Ireland High and Appeal Court decisions rejecting his claims for damages for false imprisonment on the basis of unlawful arrest.

Andrew Carruthers looks at pensions dispute resolution

Andrew Carruthers The growth of pensions disputes continues unabated. It leads to an understandable worry about costs and delay, although the originating summons procedures in RSC 0.28 provide a flexible litigation system, commended recently to Lord Woolf. Nevertheless, it has rivals. There are attempts to encourage specialist alternative dispute resolution; will solicitors support this? More […]

Litigation Writs 04/10/95

London’s Cafe Royal is being sued for damages by a 70-year-old woman who fell off a platform there during a gala evening. Eira Pazzi-Axworthy, of St Albans, has issued a writ against Perry’s Catering of London N16. She was injured on 6 December 1992, as she went to leave the raised platform where she had […]

Health warnings for treatment

An in-house legal team has been appointed at GMG Brands, the working title for the merged entity of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness. Roger Myddelton, group legal director and company secretary at GrandMet, becomes company secretary at GMG. Ken Mildwaters, director of legal services at Guinness, becomes general counsel and group legal director. Dave Scott, general […]

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