Supreme Court partially overrules the 35 year old ‘Ghosh’ test

31 October

In the seminal case of R v Ghosh [1982] Q.B. 1053, the Court of Appeal held that the test for dishonesty under the Theft Act 1968 had two limbs: (1) whether the relevant conduct was dishonest by the ordinary standards of reasonable and honest people (the objective limb) and, if so, (2) whether the defendant himself must have realised […]

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CMA investigates online dating sector

31 October

The CMA has today announced its investigation into the practices of an online dating company. The CMA’s main concerns relate to (a) how online dating services are advertised and described to consumers; (b) privacy and use of consumers’ data; and (c) subscription, cancellation and variation of contract terms. The company, which has not been named, […]

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CMA launches investigation into online hotel booking

27 October

The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has opened an investigation into hotel booking sites. The CMA is concerned that certain practices breach consumer law and will actively examine the following practices: How search results are displayed (specifically the ranking applied); Pressure selling; Discount claims; and Hidden charges. The CMA will give an update in Spring […]

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Suspended sentence for trader who sold “loaded Kodi boxes”

22 October

Brian Thompson of Middlesbrough has been given an 18 month suspended sentence for selling “loaded Kodi boxes”. Having previously claimed the law was unclear and pleaded not guilty Mr Thompson changed his plea and admitted one count of selling and one count of advertising devices “designed, produced or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention […]

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Gough Square Ranked as Leading Set

12 October

The Legal 500 has once again ranked Gough Square Chambers  as the only Tier 1 set for Consumer Law. Chambers is also ranked as a leading set in Banking and Finance (including Consumer Credit) and Financial Services; members are also individually ranked across all these areas and Travel Law. The Legal 500 said: Gough Square […]

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FCA review into debt management sector

20 October

In accordance with its 2017/2018 business plan the Financial Conduct Authority has announced a thematic review of the debt management sector.  The review will cover both the free and the fee charging sector and will look at issues such as the initial advice progress and customer outcomes. A link to the FCA’s press release announcing […]

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Jeremy Barnett to give evidence to House of Lords Select Committee

16 October

Following his sessions moderating at the Barcelona Blockchain Forum and at the LSE Systemic Risk Centre, Jeremy Barnett of Gough Square Chambers has been invited to give evidence before the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence on Tuesday 17th October. The Select Committee session can be watched via this link: House of Lords […]

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Court of Appeal hands down judgment in passenger compensation case

12 October

The Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Gahan v Emirates today, confirming that passengers on non-EU airlines can claim compensation in relation to missed connections outside the EU. Accordingly, where a passenger misses a connecting flight outside the EU as a consequence of delay on a flight leaving an EU airport, […]

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Puglia Consumer Law Conference 2017

05 October

Gough Square Chambers hosted its annual Consumer Law Conference on 6th and 7th September in Puglia. Barristers from Gough Square, along with other leaders in the fields of Consumer, Financial Services and Regulatory law attended to discuss changes and developments in these specialist areas amongst the olive groves of Southern Italy. The Conference Program can […]

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