Litigation News

Court of Appeal in IVF breach of contract claim

Hughes Paddison’s Head of Litigation, Rachel Stewart, represents the claimant (ARB) in a much publicised High Court case in which a father sued an IVF clinic for over £1 million, after a frozen embryo was thawed and implanted into his...

Hughes Paddison involved in high profile IVF case

Hughes Paddison’s Head of Litigation, Rachel Stewart, represents the claimant in a much publicised High Court case in which a father is suing an IVF clinic for over £1 million, after a frozen embryo was thawed and implanted into his...

Damages: is it the court's role to punish people?

In the case of Marathon Asset Management LLP v Seddon, the trial judge stated that “ punishment and deterrence are not purposes for which damages for civil wrongs can be awarded in English law ”. In this case, the claimant was one of three...

Disinheriting your children - the Supreme Court speaks out

Judgment was handed down this week in Heather Ilott’s battle in the Supreme Court involving her claim against her late mother’s Estate. Mrs Ilott had been disinherited and was doing battle with charities that her mother had chosen to be...

Full and Final Satisfaction? Beware!

If you are owed money and the debtor sends a cheque stated to be in “full and final satisfaction” of the debt, you must proceed with caution. The temptation will obviously be to cash the cheque and pursue the balance, but can you do this? The...

Win in "Holocaust Fund" case

A High Court judgment was handed down on Friday in favour of our client, the sister in the well publicised case of Hamilton -v- Hamilton. The case involved a brother and sister arguing about £3.2M of assets held offshore in a Liechtenstein Foundation,...

Bankruptcy threshold rises to £5,000

As of the 1 October 2015, the minimum level of debt that can trigger bankruptcy has risen from £750 to £5000. This is the first increase of the bankruptcy threshold since it was set 30 years ago. The new rules mean that you can no longer serve...

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 - A Summary of Key Changes

Consumer law has changed, with the new Consumer Rights Act (“CRA”) which came into force on 1st October 2015. The Act is exclusively about consumers doing business with traders, and will affect both consumers and businesses selling to consumers....

'Without Prejudice' - the myth continues

The ability to make a formal offer to settle a dispute, without that offer coming to the attention of the court, is an essential tool in any dispute resolution armoury.  There have however been many examples of the ‘Without Prejudice’...

Hughes Paddison expands its litigation team

Leading Gloucestershire law firm, Hughes Paddison, has recruited Andrew Turner to boost the company’s litigation team. Andrew, who lives in Cheltenham, has spent the past 7 years as Senior Associate in the Property Litigation team at Harrison Clark...
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