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Liability to repay benefits discharged at end of bankruptcy: R (Balding) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

On April 3rd 2007, a Divisional Court (Laws LJ and Davis J) ruled that it was unlawful for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to continue recovering overpayments of benefit from ongoing entitlement to benefit, after a claimant had been made bankrupt and then subsequently discharged from bankruptcy. This ruling will benefit a significant number of...

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Race Discrimination Claims at School: Appiah v Bishop Douglass School

In Appiah v Bishop Douglass School the Court of Appeal has held that a judge was right to dismiss a claim under the Race Relations Act 1976 against a school (judgment 26 January 2007). The issues considered include the burden of proof, the relevance of statistics and the role of race assessors. Edward Faulks QC and Andrew Warnock acted for the school.

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John Ross QC appointed as Legal Assessor to the RCVS Disciplinary Committee

We are pleased to announce that John Ross QC has been appointed as a Legal Assessor to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' Disciplinary Committee. This appointment builds on Chambers' growing experience in the field of professional discipline.

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'Emergency Services: Law and Liability' published

The above named book, edited by Morrell and Whittaker, has just been published by Jordans Publishing.  Paul Stagg and Edward Bishop of 1 Chancery Lane wrote chapters 5 (on civil claims for police malfeasance) and 7 (on police complaints and disciplinary proceedings) respectively.  The remainder of the book was written by solicitors at Messrs Weightmans.

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1 Chancery Lane selected as preferred tenderer by the West London Alliance

1 Chancery Lane has been selected as a preferred tenderer by the West London Alliance for its civil litigation, education and property framework panels. The West London Alliance comprises the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.

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Times Law Report: Kew v Bettamix Ltd and Others

The Court of Appeal case of Kew v Bettamix Ltd and Others, November 14 2006, has been reported in the 4th December edition of The Times. John Ross QC and Ivor Collett of 1 Chancery Lane acted for the defendants. The case is authority on the circumstances in which adverse costs orders may be made in personal injury claims. The Court of Appeal found that the...

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Local authority's duties to foster carers: Lambert v Cardiff CC

On January 11th 2007 judgment was handed down in the case of Lambert v Cardiff CC. The claimants were foster carers who had been subjected to a campaign of abusive phone calls by a child formerly fostered by them and had suffered psychiatric injury as a result. They brought proceedings against the defendant local authority alleging negligence, breach of contract...

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New Editions of The Legal 500 (2006 ed.) and Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession (2007 ed.)

1 Chancery Lane has improved its listings in the latest editions of The Legal 500 (2006 ed.) and Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession (2007 ed.).

Listed in The Legal 500 as a leading civil common law set, we are also listed as a leading set in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Education and Police law. Members of chambers are...

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