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Litigation & Dispute Resolution
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Noise Campaign Against Local Residents In Ongoing Skatepark Expansion Case Criticised

Noise Campaign Against Local Residents In Ongoing Skatepark Expansion Case Criticised Key Contact: Hugh Hitchcock An ongoing case challenging plans to expand a skate park in Mumbles has recently sparked an anti-social behaviour campaign against the residents who launched the legal action. A small group of residents in the Mumbles area of Swansea have taken...
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New Pre-Pack Administration Regulation – A Relief or a Worry for Creditors?

New Pre-Pack Administration Regulation – A Relief or a Worry for Creditors? Key Contact: Aisha Wardell Author: Evangeline O’Dowd What is pre-pack administration? Dubbed as “pre-pack”, a pre-negotiated administration sale is simply the sale of a company’s business or assets prior to entering into administration. Seemingly, it is completed shortly after the administrator is appointed....
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The Public Law Timing Threat: It’s Time To Rattle The Iceberg

The Public Law Timing Threat: It’s Time To Rattle The Iceberg Key Contact: Hugh Hitchcock Author: Jennifer Butcher & Evangeline O’Dowd Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but to some, foresight is better. Take for example the Titanic. Had the ship plotted a different course immediately after the first warning signs, the catastrophic consequences that ensued would be...
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Aerial view of Porthcawl beach harbour

Community Success As Plans To Convert Local Hotel Are Scrapped

Community Success As Plans To Convert Local Hotel Into A Centre For Female Offenders Are Scrapped Key Contact: Hugh Hitchcock Author: Jennifer Butcher The Ministry of Justice has officially scrapped proposals to use the Atlantic Hotel in Porthcawl as a centre for female offenders. Acuity acted on behalf of a number of Porthcawl residents, against...
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Westfield shopping centre, London

Unpaid Rent and the ‘Covid Defence’.

Unpaid Rent and the ‘Covid Defence’. Two recent cases highlight that Tenants should be wary of relying on a ‘Covid Defence’ when seeking to defend claims for unpaid rent. Key Contact: Jennifer Butcher Authors: Hugo Hiley & Katie Lane Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbh v TFS Stores Ltd [2021] EWHC 863 (Ch) (“Commerz”) In the above...
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Chalets & Caravans, luxury holiday homes

No Order as to Costs?

No Order as to Costs? Key Contact: Jennifer Butcher Author: Hugo Hiley On 27 April 2021, David Hodge QC in Shearbarn Holiday Park Ltd v Wornell and others ruled against the landlord’s appeal to recover litigation costs through service charge provisions in a lease due to a “no order as to costs” provision in a...
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Royal Mail Scandal Finally Shows the True Power of Litigation Funding

Royal Mail Scandal Finally Shows the True Power of Litigation Funding Key Contact: Hugh Hitchcock Authors: Jonathan Stroud & Hugo Hiley Through the Justice for Sub-postmasters Alliance (JFSA), hundreds of sub-postmasters last week finally got a taste for victory when the criminal convictions of 39 sub-postmasters were quashed after years of expensive legal wrangling. The...
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Gavel and books

H Stain v Richmond

H Stain v Richmond Key Contact: Jennifer Butcher Author: Hugo Hiley Summary The case concerns a demand for service charge on behalf of the appellant landlord. It was held by Martin Rodger QC in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) (“UT”) that the service charge demand issued to the residential leaseholder was invalid on the grounds...
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Government Extends Covid-19 Insolvency Protections

Government Extends Covid-19 Insolvency Protections Key Contact: Huw Roffe Author: Steven Koukos The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 originally introduced a number of protective measures to help companies and directors who were facing difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic. The measures included protecting businesses from aggressive creditor enforcement and removing personal liability on company directors. These...
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Duchess of Sussex’ victory over Associated Newspapers Limited

Duchess of Sussex’ victory over Associated Newspapers Limited Key Contact: Huw Roffe Author: Katie Lane The High Court recently granted the Duchess of Sussex’s (“the Duchess”) applications for summary judgment in relation to her claims for misuse of private information and copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers Limited (“ANL”), arising from the reproduction of large parts...
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