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Interpreting Wills That May Be Ambiguous - High Court Guidance

Even with the most careful drafting, there is always a risk that a will may be capable of bearing more than one meaning. In resolving a family inheritance dispute, the High Court considered the extent to which extraneous evidence of a will-maker's...

Consumer Protection Reform

Luis Ngugi , a solicitor in our commercial litigation department, looks at the proposed reforms to consumer protection. On 20 April 2022 the UK Government announced significant reforms to consumer protection laws. The new measures are set to tackle: ...

Landlord and Tenant NEWSFLASH

Luis Ngugi a solicitor in our commercial litigation department looks at the Renters Reform Bill following the Queen’s Speech. Renters Reform Bill The much-anticipated Renters Reform Bill continues to be a major talking point and a key part...

Driver Distracted by Mobile Phone Liable for Horrific Freight Train Collision

Judges often have to steel themselves to make tough decisions. In one such case, the High Court reluctantly concluded that a motorist was distracted by her mobile phone and bore at least partial responsibility for a collision with a freight train in which a...

Overlooked Homeowners Fall Foul of Ambiguity in Planning Permission

Finding your way around the intricacies of the planning system without professional advice is, for most people, a near impossibility. The point was powerfully made by the case of a couple whose intimate living space was overlooked by a skylight fitted to a...

Incorporation of English Jurisdiction Clause Arguably 'Went Without Saying'

In a novel decision of interest to the international trading community, the High Court ruled it arguable that an English jurisdiction clause was incorporated in a petroleum supply contract notwithstanding that the alleged deal was done informally over the...

Rugby Club's Expansion Plans Not Inhibited by 1922 Restrictive Covenant

Land is often sold subject to restrictive covenants that inhibit the use to which it can be put. As a guideline Court of Appeal ruling showed , however, the distinction between restrictions that provide a personal benefit to the vendor alone and those that...

Wife Sees Off Bankruptcy Trustees' Attempt to Sell Off Her Home

When people dispose of assets shortly before having themselves declared bankrupt, it is inevitable that eyebrows will often be raised. However, as a judge's ruling showed, it is one thing to allege an improper motive and quite another to prove it. The case...

Mother's Reliable Memory Proves Decisive in Clinical Negligence Case

The success or failure of clinical negligence claims often depends on the reliability of a patient's memory of what was said or done during medical consultations that are many years in the past. In a case on point, the High Court accepted a mother's account...

Judge Opens New Chapter in Woman's Life by Dispelling Dark Family Secret

Dark secrets lurking in your family background are likely to cause you untold pain. As one case showed , however, bringing the truth to light in the safe environment of a family court can draw the sting and bring peace to you and future generations. The...
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