Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is something that is becoming increasingly common in dispute resolution procedures, whether via eBay or in formal court litigation procedures. Some contracts or areas of law require the parties to first attempt ADR, and it is general court policy to encourage parties to attempt ADR. There can be significant cost…

Sympathy for the Devil, or, be sure you are clear about who you are giving references to, and what those references are intended to be used for. A rare moment of excitement in the usually grey world of Reynolds Towers (otherwise known as the Property & Commercial Department at Barrett & Co) was provided by…

We often get asked about care fees, the principle of deprivation of assets and generally how a local authority manages social care. The purpose of this article is to briefly explain these concepts and help you, the reader, understand their significance. It must be stated, however, that each case turns on its own facts and…

Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is something that is becoming increasingly common in dispute resolution procedures, whether via eBay or in formal court litigation procedures. Some contracts or areas of law require the parties to first attempt ADR, and it is general court policy to encourage parties to attempt ADR.  There can be significant cost…

Mr Justice Mann ruled that, ‘I find that Sir Cliff had privacy rights in respect of the police investigation and that the BBC infringed those rights without a legal justification. ‘It did so in a serious way and also in a somewhat sensationalist way. I have rejected the BBC’s case that it was justified in…

In the case brought by Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, the Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal by Steinfeld and Keidan. The Court found that there was inequality between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples. The details of the case Steinfeld and Keidan are a heterosexual couple in a stable long-term relationship with genuine and deeply…

Motor insurance fraud is far from being a victimless crime in that honest drivers have to pay for the deceit of others in the form of higher premiums. The courts are not blind to the problem, however, and, in one case, a businessman who staged a bogus road accident was ordered to repay his ill-gotten…

Without Prejudice- Many people have heard of the term but few actually know what it means and most use it incorrectly. The idea of using the words: “without prejudice” is to enable negotiations to take place without admitting liability.  The rationale for the rule is that parties to a dispute should not be discouraged from…

Once you have obtained a County Court Judgement against a debtor (Please see last month’s article entitled Debt Recovery – Going Legal) one of the most frustrating things that can happen is that they still refuse to pay and you are still out of pocket. Fortunately, there are various remedies available to a creditor to…

Unpaid debts are one of the most common problems experienced by businesses and if left unchecked can destroy a business. There are various financing and third party options, but ultimately if the debtor doesn’t pay then you may feel you have no choice but to “go legal”. The most well-known form of debt recovery is…

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