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Pink Floyd legend and multi-instrumentalist David Gilmour has become embroiled in a contract dispute with the composer of a well-known and popular jingle that can be heard at train stations throughout France.

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A recent costs hearing at the High Court in London has revealed the extent of the legal costs already accumulated in the high-profile Bates v Post Office litigation action. The class action claim, backed by litigation funders Therium Capital, involves over 500 former subpostmasters and mistresses who are claiming that the Post Office, following the implementation of a new IT system called ‘Horizon’, incorrectly blamed them for apparent shortfalls in branch accounts.

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Multiple European champions and current Premier League frontrunners Liverpool FC have emerged victorious in a recent contract dispute and are now free to use global sportswear giant Nike as their new supplier of official team kit.

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It’s an unfortunate fact of business life that at some point, you may need to take formal legal action to recover monies owed to you or your business. There are two main approaches to collecting such debts; direct legal action through the courts, or appointing an external debt collection agency.

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The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has fined two directors £17,500 each based on their role in a failed apartment development scheme.

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Despite facing criticism from the legal profession since they were updated in the Damages-Based Agreements Regulations in 2013, forthcoming updates to Damages Based Agreements (‘DBA’) are set to make this model of funding for civil litigation claims far more attractive.

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Reigning European Cup champions and current runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool FC have failed in their bid to register the word ‘Liverpool’ as part of their wider marketing activities.

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Three senior managers from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operators of the Fukushima power plant involved in 2011’s nuclear disaster, have been acquitted of professional negligence charges following a high-profile trial in Japan.

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US based IT services and consultancy business DXC technology is facing another class action claim following allegations that the company, which employs over 130,000 people in multiple global locations, has used its strategic redundancy programme to simply boost profits whilst leaving them unable to properly service their clients.

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Recently published figures from a litigation funder LCM has highlighted the increasing trend in the use of external litigation funding to support commercial legal actions both in the UK and in other international jurisdictions.

Australian-based LCM’s annual report (to 6/19) shows a 17% year on year increase in revenues revenue17% to A$35m (£19m), with a 23% increase in gross profit to A$20m. LCM’s shares, launched on London’s AIM at 52p last December had reached a high of 116p in April 2019.

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Recently published statistics from Quanta Capital, a London-based litigation funding provider, has revealed a significant increase in the number of parents who, having previously provided their children with finance to buy homes, are now resorting to formal legal action to recover their money.

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It’s an unfortunate fact of business life that at some point, you may need to take formal legal action to recover monies owed to you or your business. There are two main approaches to collecting such debts; direct legal action through the courts, or appointing an external debt collection agency.

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Business at all levels is underpinned by contracts. These can range from simple verbal agreements for low value transactions through to complex and detailed written agreements between corporations and governments. To save on the risk of future avoidable legal claims, writing a contract that is suitable for the transaction or agreement is key.

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Well known celebrity and TV star Noel Edmonds, presenter of Channel 4’s hit show ‘Deal or No Deal’, has reached a financial settlement with Lloyds Banking Group (‘LBG’) following a long and protracted legal action.

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A recent report from legal information providers Thomson Reuters provides an insight into the volume of Brexit-related legislation in the run up to the current (until further notice, of course..) ‘Brexit date’ of 31st October 2019. In the first six months of this year, 488 pieces of legislation were passed relating to changes in laws to cover the UK’s exit from the European Union. In comparison, only a single piece Brexit-related legislation was passed during the same period in the previous year.

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In one of the more blatant – and frankly comical - examples of infringing a brands copyright and intellectual property rights, a garage in Brazil has recently been raided and closed down by police after it was found to be producing replicas of well-known supercars from manufacturers including Ferrari and Lamborghini.

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Prompting speculation in the UK gambling industry that a private settlement has been reached, a long running claim for unpaid winnings from a horse racing bet has recently been discontinued.

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If you or your business is owed money by another business or individual, you can make an application to a court to claim the money that you are owed. This is known as making a court claim, and depending on your individual circumstances, there are two main types of court that you can register a claim with – the Small Claims Court and the County or High Court.

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S&G (Slater & Gordon) solicitors has confirmed that it will be proceeding with its legal action against Watchstone PLC over claims that its acquisition of legal services business Quindell was based on fraudulent misrepresentation, together with breach of warranties provided as part of the deal.

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The UK’s Anglia Ruskin University has lost a claim by one of its graduates over the standard and quality of the teaching provided, resulting in an out of court financial settlement of £61,000.

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  • Pink Floyd legend and multi-instrumentalist David Gilmour has become embroiled in a contract dispute with the composer of a well-known and popular jingle that can be heard at train stations throughout France. The jingle, originally composed by Frenchman Michael Boumendil, is used by French national railway company SNCF throughout its 20,000 mile network. Gilmour, who joined Pink Floyd in 1967, first heard the jingle when travelling across France in 2013. In an interview with Le Parisien in 2015, he claimed that the up-baet 2-second piece made him “..want to sing and dance”. Gilmour subsequently contacted sonic branding specialist Boumendil, asking if he could use the jingle in a separate song. Alledged breach of contract Once Boumendil realised that the request was genuine and that he wasn’t being pranked, an agreement was reached between them and SNCF in 2015 and Boumendil received a co-writing... Read More

  • A recent costs hearing at the High Court in London has revealed the extent of the legal costs already accumulated in the high-profile Bates v Post Office litigation action. The class action claim, backed by litigation funders Therium Capital, involves over 500 former subpostmasters and mistresses who are claiming that the Post Office, following the implementation of a new IT system called ‘Horizon’, incorrectly blamed them for apparent shortfalls in branch accounts. The hearing disclosed that costs on both sides have now topped £35m, prompting Mr Justice Fraser to comment that some costs incurred seemed ‘excessive’. The barristers representing the claimants, Henderson Chambers, argued that the Post Office has spent more than the 555 claimants, citing a figure of £19.5m compared with £16.828m. They also pointed out that the Post Office has employed two law firms and as a result is instructing... Read More

  • Multiple European champions and current Premier League frontrunners Liverpool FC have emerged victorious in a recent contract dispute and are now free to use global sportswear giant Nike as their new supplier of official team kit. Liverpool has been provided with team and club kit by manufacturer New Balance since 2012. The recent judgment ends a dispute that had culminated in a 3 day hearing as New Balance attempted to maintain their lucrative contract with the club. The Boston-based manufacturer were extremely keen to retain their relationship with a club which, as well as being one of soccer’s most recognised brands on a global scale, is also currently performing well on the pitch. When it became clear that the club were interested in a new kit contract with Nike, New Balance tried force the activation of a renewal clause in their contract... Read More