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In recent years there has been a substantial body of case law – both at European and domestic level – on the proper scope of Chapter II, Section 4 of recast Brussels I (No 1215/2012): the consumer contracts ground of jurisdiction. The trend, discernible at a European level in cases like Emrek Case C-218/12, has


It is not unusual for organisations within the travel industry to have their own in-house legal team, or for the members of their legal team to participate in meetings concerning both legal and non-legal matters. Often, communications are sent to in-house lawyers for their commercial views on decisions taken within the organisation. However, if an


Andrew Warnock QC and Maurice Rifat of 1 Chancery Lane are acting for the Respondent in Stoffel v Grondona to be heard in the Supreme Court today, a case concerning the operation of the defence of illegality.  The issue is whether lying on a mortgage application can defeat a claim for damages against your negligent


As consumer confidence in the travel industry continues to freefall, and with no apparent end to the Refund Saga in sight, we at 1 Chancery Lane have been wondering how would-be travellers are likely to try and enforce their consumer rights. Many thanks are due to Paul McClorry, of Hudgell Solicitors, who drew to our


Following an introduction from Sarah Prager, Dominique Smith shares her experiences of the remote courts during lockdown. She covers the technology involved, how hearings are conducted, offering best practice, and sharing stories of recent cases and experiences. View the slides here – Navigating Civil Hearings in the Midst of Covid-19 Take a look at our


Following our previous note on the future of Winding Up Petitions generally at this time, the Government has now announced it is to introduce legislative measures to protect the UK High Street from aggressive rent collections, including the use of Winding Up Petitions. Under measures announced by the business secretary and supported by the British


I recently appeared for the Claimant, JG, in a strike out application brought by the Defendant, a no-frills airline. It is an important reminder that courts should refuse to strike out proceedings that may, after evidence at trial, result in any number of desirable developments in the law. Background In brief terms, JG’s claim concerns


Police Law Briefing – April 2020

In our latest Police Law Briefing, 1 Chancery Lane’s Geoffrey Weddell discusses the potential liability of police forces for the contraction of Covid-19 by police officers or staff and Ella Davis provides us with a quick refresher on managing Human Rights Act claims and a reminder of the key practical and procedural issues to consider when


Business as Usual

In the past few weeks some courts have moved back towards “business as usual” with increased use of video conferencing technology. Zachary Bredemear of 1 Chancery Lane acted for the successful party in a multi-track trial before HHJ Backhouse in Central London County Court conducted using Skype for Business and offers the following thoughts. “The


Back to Brexit

Do you remember Brexit? When viewed through a rose-tinted lens, the shenanigans of 2019 seem like carefree days of whimsical and costless political indulgence. The fact that, at a critical stage in the (time-limited) transition period negotiations, the principal negotiator on each side was self-isolating with suspected covid-19 might appear like posterity’s sardonic comment on


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