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    The claimant company (“JGPL”) in John Grimes Partnership Ltd v Gubbins [2013] EWCA Civ 37 provided consulting engineering services. It was engaged by Mr Gubbins, a farmer and property developer, to design a road and drainage scheme for his residential development and to obtain the necessary statutory approval by March 2007.  JGPL failed to


Judicial snipe

If you want some entertaining reading for Easter, have a look at the judgment Sir Alan Ward delivered yesterday in Wright v. Michael Wright Supplies Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ. 234.  He bemoans the increase in the number of cases conducted by litigants in person and has a pop at the politicians for withdrawing legal aid from so many.  There


Tomorrow as the last working day before April, shall mark the end of an era. Not a particularly long era. But all of fourteen years of the Civil Procedure Rules as we have known them. From the 1st April 2013, the CPR will be significantly altered for every civil litigant. Most pertinently, the Overriding Objective will


CPR 3.9 ‘Relief from Sanctions’ is being entirely reformed. From the 1st April 2013, gone will be the checklist which is to be replaced by a much broader discretion as to whether to grant relief, with the judge specifically referred to the need for litigation to be conducted efficiently, at proportionate cost, and with a


The Court of Appeal has recently given judgment in relation to recoverability for psychiatric injury by a “secondary victim”.  In Taylor v A Novo (UK) Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 194, the claimant brought a claim arising from the death of her mother, who had been injured at work when a colleague had caused a stack


Bank Mellat v HM Treasury UKSC 2011/0040     The Supreme Court held a hearing in secret today, for the first time in its history.   According to the BBC, the justices spent 45 minutes in a locked session with a security guard stood outside the door to prevent anyone from entering. The hearing was so


The Times reports today that ‘millions of people risk being labelled as mentally ill under new classifications which have prompted calls for a boycott by psychologists (The Times, March 20 2013). The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is due out in May and it is reported that dozens of


The European Commission has today announced proposals to extend air passenger rights. If approved by member states and the European Parliament, the measures will come into force in 2015. The new measures would include: Clarifying the meaning of ‘extraordinary circumstances’; Requiring airlines to re-route passengers who have been delayed by more than 12 hours, using


In the Republic of Ireland this week the Supreme Court is being asked to consider one of the country’s largest lender cases of recent years: KBC Bank Ireland Plc v BCM Hanby Wallace (http://www.courts.ie/__80256F2B00356A6B.nsf/0/01F5B8435ABFB92080257A06003D46C3).   In March 2012 Mr Justice McGovern held that the Defendant firm of solicitors had not merely breached its duty in


Some of the readership may have heard there was a move by the Civil Justice Council to rebrand LiP’s “Self Representing Litigants”.   This is now not going to happen. Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls has stated:   “The term ‘Litigant in Person’ (LiP) should continue to be the sole term used to describe individuals who exercise


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