Members of the public can rest assured that what they say to their lawyers will remain confidential after the High Court rejected a company’s bid to discover the identity of a blogger who revealed corporate secrets on the Internet.
In an important victory for tourists and business travellers alike, a group of more than 100 air passengers whose flight home from Florida was delayed by 26 hours have each won Euros 600 compensation for the stress and inconvenience they endured.
An ‘extraordinary’ case in which police officers contacted an employment judge in the midst of a lengthy hearing, passing information to her which was prejudicial to one of the parties, has resulted in important guidance being issued by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).
In a landmark decision of enormous importance to the media’s reporting of many of the most sensitive cases, the Court of Protection has ruled for the first time that individual rights of privacy are capable of extending beyond the grave.
In a case which shone a rare spotlight on the judicial appointments process, a lawyer who was denied promotion to the full-time bench after he clocked up seven penalty points on his driving licence has failed in a High Court challenge to the decision.
A case in which a motorist suffered serious head injuries when his Land Rover was squashed beneath a falling sycamore tree gave rise to a novel test case in which a judge was asked to define what is, and is not, a ‘road traffic accident’.
In a stern warning to litigants that Sir Rupert Jackson’s reforms of civil procedure are being robustly enforced, a firm of estate agents came within an ace of missing out on the chance of a £450,000 commission due to its failure to serve witness statements before the expiry of a judge-imposed deadline.
In a case which raised important issues relating to mental capacity and the execution of legal documents, a stroke victim’s plea that he had ‘no idea what he was signing’ when he guaranteed his wife’s £1.3 million debt has fallen on fallow ground at the High Court.
In a case which threw into stark relief the grave consequences of legal aid cuts in the civil justice system, a leading firm of solicitors has failed to convince the High Court that public funding should be made available for those who appeal against local authority homelessness decisions.
In an important ruling, the High Court has made plain that, in the light of Sir Rupert Jackson’s reforms to the civil procedure rules and the ever increasing emphasis on prompt compliance, sitting on hands is no longer an option in civil litigation.
In a stern warning to those tempted to put up their treasured possessions as security for loans, a classical musician who played on the soundtracks of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings films had to sell her beloved viola to at least partially pay off her creditors.
A squabble between four local authorities over which of them must bear the financial burden of paying for a severely disabled young man’s lifelong care has yielded authoritative guidance from the Court of Appeal on the vexed issue of exactly what constitutes a person’s ‘ordinary residence’.
In a decision which raised interesting issues in respect of quantification of damages and mitigation of loss in negligent workmanship cases, the High Court has, subject to liability, ruled that the owners of a damaged fishing trawler are entitled to £435,000 in compensation.
A solicitor who was ‘squeezed out’ of his partnership with another lawyer by the latter’s repeated breaches of contract following a bitter falling-out between them is in line for substantial compensation following a Court of Appeal ruling.
A couple whose luxury wedding in the Dominican Republic was ruined when they and several of their guests contracted a severe gastric illness have won tens of thousands of pounds in compensation from the tour operator.
In a decision of vital importance to airline passengers and the industry which carries them, the Court of Appeal has effectively extended by four years the time within which passengers can claim compensation for flight delays.
The Court of Appeal has clarified the rights of air passengers whose flights are delayed in ruling that a businessman who endured 27 hours of ‘misery and annoyance’ after his flight home from Spain was delayed by a technical fault is entitled to compensation.
In a case which drew a clear distinction between the everyday and legal meanings of the word ‘couple’, a man has won the right to claim housing and council tax benefits after his girlfriend moved temporarily to London to study the law.
Beauty salon customers who paid £4,000 for an anti-wrinkle treatment – which was hailed as a vegetarian-friendly collagen alternative but which contained traces of the blood serum of unborn calves – have scored a crucial victory in their compensation fight.
The right of politicians and others to express their opinions and ‘attack the system’ has been underlined by the High Court’s dismissal of a £600,000 slander action against a council leader who expressed forthright views in a public forum.
In a case which highlighted the need for co-operation between opposing legal teams even in the most hotly contested litigation, the High Court has called for mediation and an end to procedural point scoring in a commercial dispute in which legal costs bills were projected to exceed £2 million.
In an extreme example of a friendly society whose members ended up on anything but friendly terms, three of the country’s most senior judges have pleaded for an end to five years of bitter recrimination that drove a working men’s club to the brink of managerial paralysis.
In a landmark case, two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cab driver John Worboys have won the right to substantial compensation from the Metropolitan Police after the High Court ruled that ‘a series of systemic failures’ in the investigative process had caused avoidable delays in bringing him to justice.
Litigants will have noted the recent toughening of the judicial approach to compliance with directions and case management orders. However, a High Court decision has underlined that a slavish deference to deadlines can itself cause delay and harm the interests of justice.
In a case which gives useful guidance on the limitations of the scope of the equality duties owed by public authorities, a disability campaigner, who said that she would be effectively exiled from Colchester's main shopping area if blue badge parking bays were dispensed with, has had her judicial review challenge dismissed by the High Court.
In a ringing warning that neither the insurance industry nor the courts will put up with exaggerated compensation claims, a cyclist who fraudulently sought more than £3 million in damages by ‘telling a pack of lies’ about injuries he suffered when he was hit by a lorry has been jailed for his flagrant contempt of court.
The controversial decision to introduce charges for access to Employment Tribunals (ETs) has survived a judicial review challenge by trade union UNISON. However, the High Court has urged that the system be kept under close review and has expressed ‘a strong suspicion’ that aspects of the fees structure may indirectly discriminate against women and minority groups.