Category: Litigation

Post Office Scandal Mr Bates LEXLAW Tax Disputes HMRC Solicitors Appeal

British Post Office Horizon IT Scandal: HMRC’s ancillary attack on UK Postmasters

HMRC have been using Horizon Data to raise tax assessments and tax penalties against innocent sub-postmasters. In one such case only after a six year battle when HMRC faced paying costs did they decide to withdraw their tax demands. Even now they refuse to recognise their misconduct should be punished by them paying indemnity costs and have threatened the sub-postmaster victim with a costs order simply for daring to ask for his full costs.

Barristers Solicitors Court Litigation UK Unfair Contract Terms

Glaser KC v Atay: Consumer Rights over Unfair Terms in Direct Access Counsel Contracts

The ruling in Glaser KC & Miller v Atay [2023] EWHC 2539 (KB) affects individuals who have instructed direct access barristers and had to pay fixed fees even if a trial did not go ahead. The judge’s verdict rendered this inherently unfair term effectively null and void with no quantum meruit fallback.

Using Unless Orders to force payment of Unpaid Costs Orders

Unless Orders are judicial directives that can force a non-compliant party to comply with a previous court order. Specifically, in the context of outstanding costs orders, Unless Orders can help ensure financial obligations are paid out.

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Recovering the Costs of Civil Litigation

Deputy Costs Judge Joseph in the case of Coram v D R Dunthorn & Son Ltd [2023] EWHC 731 (SCCO) affirmed that the costs of instructing leading counsel for a three-day trial were not recoverable as they were deemed unreasonable and disproportionate for a case with a maximum value of £115,000 (settled for £75,000).

Court Judgment Highlights Rules Regarding Claim Form Service

The case of Dr Markus Boettcher v (Xio (UK) LLP & Ors [2023] EWHC 801 (Comm) (05 April 2023) recently had an interim judgment decided by the Commercial Court.

Supreme Court of UK

When will the Solicitors’ Equitable Lien be Waived?

In Supreme Court case of Candey Ltd v Crumpler and another (as Joint Liquidators of Peak Hotels and Resorts Ltd (In Liquidation))[2022] UKSC 35 the question in issue was that under what circumstances will solicitors have waived (or be inferred to have waived) their equitable lien when a solicitor enters into a security arrangement with a client?

Crypto Currency. Cryptocurrencies and Law

Crypto Exchange Held to be a Constructive Trustee for its Users

The recent decision in Jones v Persons Unknown [2022] EWHC 2543 (Comm) has elated users of Crypto Exchanges operating in the UK as the Court held that the defendant Crypto Exchange should be taken as a constructive trustee in relation to the Wallet holders.

Court of Appeal UK. Civil Litigation

Court of Appeal: Context is King When it comes to Contractual Good Faith Duties

The Court of Appeal case of Re Compound Photonics Group Ltd; Faulkner v Vollin Holdings Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 1371, in the context of an unfair prejudice petition filed according to Section.994 of the Companies Act of 2006, the Court of Appeal has clarified the meaning of the contractual responsibility of good faith.

Challenging Validity of Discovery Assessments; Robert Don Hunter Dougan v HMRC

In the case of Robert Don Hunter Dougan v HMRC [2022] TC8471, the First Tier Tribunal (“FTT”) ruled the taxpayer had not deliberately intended to cause a loss…