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September’s PLC Column – Goodinson and Default Notices

30 September

In September’s PLC column Thomas Samuels considers the recent case of Goodinson v PRA Group (UK) Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 957 concerning the evidential value of reconstituted default notices. The column may be read here.

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High Court Clarifies Exemption from COBS 10 Appropriateness Requirements

20 September

Mrs Justice Collins Rice has handed down judgment in R (Chadwin & Ors) v Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd [2021] EWHC 2523 (Admin) in which Thomas Samuels successfully appeared for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. The decision concerns a challenge to FSCS’s determination in relation to COBS 10.4.1R(1)(b), one of the three conditions required to […]

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New guidelines to sentence trade mark offences published

10 September

The new sentencing guidelines for offences of unauthorised use of a trade mark come into effect on the 1st October 2021. Those of us working frequently on these types of case have long stated how inconsistent sentencing could be in the Crown Court, where the offences are something of a novelty and are often unfamiliar. […]

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August’s PLC Column – ‘Hodgson v Creation’ and Solar Panel Mis-selling

07 September

In August’s PLC column, Sabrina Goodchild considers the recent solar panel ‘mis-selling’ case of Hodgson v Creation Consumer Finance Ltd [2021] EWHC 2167 (Comm), which concerned alleged misrepresentation and sections 56 and 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. The column may be read here.

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Josephine Hayes succeeds in appeals of two mortgage lenders who were victims of forgeries

27 August

Mr Justice Morgan has allowed the appeals of two mortgage lenders each of which had made loans intended to be secured by registered first legal charge to finance a property purchase, unaware that each transaction involved (as the trial judge found) the forgery by one joint proprietor of the other’s signature on the contract of […]

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Jonathan Goulding and Alison Hollis succeed in Fraudulent Trading and Misleading Advertising Prosecution

24 August

On 11 August 2021, a director, Wemba Akobola, and Tshovo Accountancy Services Limited were found guilty of fraudulent trading and misleading advertising. Over a two year period (Jan 2018 – Dec 2019) the defendants made false representations to applicants for junior trainee accountant jobs by stating, in both online advertising and at job interviews, that […]

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Pedal to Paris 2021

20 August

Gough Square is pleased to support the Mighty Oaks Team as they pedal to Paris to raise money for the Royal British Legion. Between 2 and 6 September 2021, the group of Dads from Sevenoaks Rugby Club will, together with hundreds of other fundraisers, be cycling the 460km from London to Paris in aid of […]

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NLJ Article on Self-Isolation

05 August

In a July New Law Journal article, Fred Philpott discusses the lack of clarity in the law on self-isolation. NLJ Self Isolation

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Government outlines proposed reforms to bolster consumer protection

28 July

The government has published proposals to increase enforcement powers – including fines of up to 10% of global turnover for breaches of consumer law – and target specific sectors and unscrupulous practices. These proposals are unsurprising, given the forthcoming consumer redress mechanism across the EU, but it will be interesting to see how many of […]

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John Pugh -2021

10 July

We are saddened by the unexpected news that John Pugh, of John Pugh Chambers in Liverpool, has died. John acted for consumers in such notable cases as Nelmes v NRAM Plc [2016] EWCA Civ 491, McMullon v Secure the Bridge Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 884, Brandon v American Express Services Europe Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 1187, Evans v Cherry […]

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