Pupillage applications now open

29 November

Gough Square Chambers is now accepting applications for pupillage commencing in October 2019. Prospective candidates should visit Chambers’ recruitment page here: Recruitment The closing date is 7 February 2018

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Law Commission report: Goods Mortgages Bill

28 November

The Law Commission has published its report on the proposed Goods Mortgages Bill, together with a final version of the draft Bill. If enacted Goods Mortgages will replace Bills of Sale and will allow individuals to use goods as security for loans. The use of Bills of Sale (including logbook loans on vehicles) has surged […]

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Chambers’ Training: Trading Standards and Landlords

27 November

Trading Standards During November, chambers has provided training at a number of Trading Standards events. Bryan Lewin and Cameron Crowe spoke at the North West training day in Manchester. Jonathan Kirk QC, Bryan Lewin, Claire Andrews, Cameron Crowe and Michael Coley attended the South East training event in Eastbourne, where they provided legal and regulatory […]

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Consumer Law Update Conference

26 November

On 23rd November 2017, Gough Square Chambers hosted an autumn seminar at Westminster University to provide delegates with an update on consumer law. Fred Philpott chaired the event and there were five presentations. Simon Popplewell gave a caselaw update on unfair terms and CPUT; Kevin de Haan QC considered whether gamblers are adequately protected from […]

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Peanut Fatality: Sentencing Appeal Dismissed

10 November

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in R v Mohammed Khalique Zaman [2017] EWCA Crim 1783. A waiter had erroneously informed a customer with a peanut allergy that his curry did not contain peanuts. The customer subsequently died and during the investigation, restaurant stock described as almonds had been found to contain peanuts. The defendant […]

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VAT on Hire-Purchase Agreements with Balloons

08 November

Under a hire agreement, which constitutes the supply of ‘services’, VAT is payable on each monthly instalment, whereas under an ordinary hire-purchase agreement, which constitutes the supply of ‘goods’, VAT is chargeable upon the handing over of the goods at the end of the term, the taxable amount being the total price of the supply. In […]

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FOS Decision Not Arbitration Award

08 November

In Berkeley Burke SIPP Administration LLP v Charlton [2017] EWHC 2396 (Comm), a pension administrator (“Berkeley”) wished to determine whether the correct procedural route to challenge a second Financial Ombudsman Service (“FOS”) decision was by way of appeal under s69 of the Arbitration Act 1996, or judicial review. The High Court determined, as a preliminary issue, that the FOS decision […]

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Authorised Push Payment Scams Consultation

08 November

The FCA has published a consultation paper (CP17/2) on authorised push payment (“APP”) scams, where people are tricked into authorising the transfer of funds to a fraudster, i.e. they are mistaken as to the identity of the payee. APP scams are the second biggest type of payment fraud in the UK, after card fraud. CP17/2 […]

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Appointed Representative Standards

06 November

Further to an alert issued in 2016, on the 3rd November 2017 the FCA issued an alert for firms with appointed representatives and introducer appointed representatives (“ARs”), setting out the standards that they expect in that area. The FCA highlights the risk of introducers wielding inappropriate influence and straying into giving advice, e.g. where the […]

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Chambers and Partners 2018 ranks Gough Square as leading consumer law set

02 November

Chambers and Partners has again ranked Gough Square Chambers as the only Band 1 set for Consumer Law. Chambers and Partners 2018 said: Gough Square Chambers is “frequently described as a ‘go-to’ set with one interviewee noting that ‘in consumer law they will always be the chambers you turn to.’ Well known for having a deep bench of barristers, […]

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