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Supreme Court Decision: Jones v Kernott [2011] UKSC 53

The Supreme Court handed down judgment in Jones v Kernott [2011] UKSC 53 on 9 November 2011. The long awaited decision overturned the Court of Appeal majority and restored the initial division of the beneficial interests: 90% to Ms Jones and 10% to Mr Kernott. The couple purchased a family home in joint names and separated 8 years later. Lord Walker and Lady Hale...

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Chambers Announcement: Her Honour Judge Paneth

Chambers is delighted to announce, Sarah Paneth has been appointed as a Circuit Judge by the Lord Chancellor following a recommendation from the Judicial Appointments Commission. Called to the Bar in 1985, Her Honour Judge Paneth has been assigned to the South Eastern Circuit, based at Snaresbrook Crown Court with effect from Monday 31...

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JGE v The Trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

A judge has ruled that a Diocesan Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church is vicariously liable for sexual abuse committed by a priest.  In JGE v The Trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust MacDuff J held that the test of whether vicarious liability attaches to a relationship (which is not a relationship of employment) depends on the...

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New Edition of the Ogden Tables (Ogden 7)

Significant changes to life, earnings and pensions multipliers

The new edition of the Ogden Tables (Ogden 7) was released yesterday (10 October 2011) by the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD). Key points (Ogden 6 to Ogden 7) include: 

1.      The use of updated mortality tables. This results in an increase in life...

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1 Chancery Lane member shortlisted Personal Injury Barrister of the Year

Andrew Warnock has been shortlisted for the Eclipse Proclaim Barrister of the Year award. The winner will be announced on 24th November at The River Bank Park Plaza Hotel.

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Tree branch judgment handed down in Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal (Mummery LJ, Patten LJ and Hedley J) gave judgment on 28th July 2011 in the case of Micklewright v Surrey County Council [2011] EWCA Civ 922, in which Angus Piper appeared for the Defendant/Respondent. The Claimant’s appeal was dismissed. The claim concerned a tragic fatal accident when a large oak tree branch fell on...

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Claimants succeed in cruise line accident claim: Williams & Debling v Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd

The Admiralty Court recently handed down judgment in this case in which a claim was brought by 4 Claimants against a cruise line company.

While re-joining the cruise liner while it was alongside in Bilbao, two of the Claimants fell into the sea from the gangplank when the mooring lines on the vessel failed and it swung out from its berth. The claim was defended on...

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Court of Appeal rejects pupil's claim in respect of slipping accident: Hufton v Somerset County Council

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Ms Maddison Hufton, a former pupil at Ansford Community School in Castle Cary, against the dismissal of her claim for damages.  Ms Hufton suffered a knee injury when she slipped on a small area of water in the school assembly hall during breaktime.  The trial judge had concluded that a reasonable system was...

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