Consumer ADR and ODR

21 February

Enforceable rights to resolve consumer cross-border disputes by Alternative Dispute Resolution and Online Dispute Resolution moved a little closer on 12 March 2013 when the European Parliament approved the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Directive and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Regulation. The Consumer ADR Directive, which will be effective from mid-2015, will require the Member State […]

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Legal Advice Privilege

21 February

Supreme Court confirms that client’s right to claim Legal Advice Privilege only applies to advice given by professionally qualified lawyers In its recent judgment in R (on the application of Prudential plc and another) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax and another [2013] UKSC 1, the Supreme Court upheld by a majority of 5:2 the […]

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Meaning of ‘Commercial Practice’ under CPUT

20 February

R v Christopher Steele [2012] C.T.L.C. 109 On 17th April 2012 Mr Recorder Lowe QC sitting in the Snaresbrook Crown Court accepted defence submissions by Claire Andrews that misrepresentations to one consumer in the context of one building contract could not be unfair commercial practices within the meaning of the Regulations. The practices alleged by the […]

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Sentencing impecunious defendants for health & safety offences

16 February

Nottingham CC v Nkanka: HH Judge Sampson QC was set a difficult sentencing task in the Nottingham Crown Court for a charge under s.4 Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974. A defective handrail had collapsed in premises occupied as a community centre, causing serious injuries to a wedding guest. The centre was run […]

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Claire Andrews introduces a new food law blog

15 February

Claire Andrews introduces a new food law blog, ‘Food Law Conversations‘, to which she invites those interested in food law to contribute.

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Costs Reforms – April 2013

02 April

The implementation date for these reforms is April 2013 (the newly appointed Dyson MR recently denied that this date could be pushed back). Most of the points of principle have already been decided, but the implementing orders and regulations are currently being drafted and will be consulted on in due course. The reforms may be […]

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