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In a move that many observers will see as a victory against the increasing ‘stealth’ privatisation of the NHS, healthcare provider Circle is set to lose its contract to the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre, despite taking legal action to get the decision changed.

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A recent judgement at the High Court in London has seen the Post Office being ordered to pay over £5 million in legal costs resulting from its ongoing legal dispute with former Post Office workers.

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London’s Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge in a recent libel claim had ‘seriously transgressed’ the fundamental principle of neutrality and had ‘bullied’ a Litigant in Person (‘LIP’) whilst they were giving evidence at trial.

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Commercial layers and economists from a number of European nations have recently signed an open letter urging caution with regard to proposed reforms in the current EU laws governing competition.

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The recent Commercial Courts Report 2019 by Portland Communications sheds an interesting light onto the types of litigation and commercial legal actions being bought in London, and the nationalities of those bring such claims.

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A recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the US, overturning a previous and highly controversial decision regarding unauthorised use of images on the internet, has come as a relief to professional photographers worldwide.

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Over the years here at Advantage Litigation Solutions, we have looked at many claims and counter claims involving patents and patent infringements. With the increasing importance of intellectual property and brand identity in our globalised business world, effective legal protection of a patent is extremely important.

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A recent landmark decision by the UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that Vedanta Resources, a UK-based mining business and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), can face legal action and claims bought by Zambian citizens, despite the companies’ long-standing argument that any such claims should be bought in Zambia itself.

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), designers and manufacturers of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles has recently announced that it has been successful with a legal action made in China for copyright infringement.

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Huw Jenkins, former chairman of Championship football club Swansea City FC, is making a claim for damages based on alleged professional negligence against a firm of solicitors who had previously advised him during his divorce in 2017.

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A recent judgement has seen a costs penalty of £80,000 imposed on the Ministry of Defence (MOD) following concerns over disclosure of information as part of a contract dispute case.

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The Law Society has published guidance for UK solicitors covering changes to Intellectual Property (IP) Law indicating the potential for chaos and confusion for broadcasters and media outlets should the UK leave the EU on a ‘no deal’ basis. As yet another unintended consequence of crashing out of the EU with no deal, broadcasters may have to get full copyright permission for every EU country that they broadcast to, rather than the current situation whereby they only need copyright permission from the country they are broadcasting from.

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In a decision that could prove to be the final nail in the coffin for much criticised Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, the UK Government must pay £33m to Eurotunnel following the botched award of ferry contracts should there be a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

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A Cheshire couple are taking legal action against the company behind the UK’s £56 billion HS2 railway expansion project, claiming that their home – which is set to be acquired by HS2 via a compulsory purchase order – is worth far more than HS2 have offered them.

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Epic Games, makers of the hugely popular online computer game ‘Fortnite’ are taking legal action against the organisers of a UK ‘live experience’ event that was based on the game.

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In a move that will come as a relief to internet news aggregators such as Google News and the Huffington Post, the European Parliament has confirmed in principal the rules to be covered under the European Copyright Directive. The proposed reforms, which have been two years in the making, are still subject to final review but in draft form they would appear to assuage news aggregators who feared that they may face copyright legal action or other penalties for displaying short pieces of content – known as ‘snippets’ – from other, third party sources.

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Woody Allen, a Hollywood veteran whose career encompasses acting, directing, writing and comedy, is taking legal action against internet giant Amazon after the controversial director’s latest film, ‘A Rainy Day in New York’, was shelved following the emergence of new abuse allegations.

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Samuel Tak Lee, the single largest shareholder of London based and FTSE 250 listed property developer Shaftesbury, is ramping up his dispute with the Shaftesbury board, making it clear his intention to vote against its directors at their forthcoming AGM.

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Having de-listed from the Australian Stock Exchange and joined AIM last month, Australian litigation funder Litigation Capital Management Limited (LCM) is a new name in the UK’s burgeoning third party litigation funding market.

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Staff at a Scottish clinical waste disposal firm are facing financial hardship as an ongoing contested insolvency action means that redundancy payments are being delayed.

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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. 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

  • 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. The advantage with using a good debt collection agency is that as well as this being their area of expertise, it also keeps the debt problem at ‘arm’s length’ from your own business and may be the best way forward should you also want to maintain good commercial relationships with the debtor. It is important that you take time to choose your debt collection agency carefully to ensure you receive the appropriate level of service you require to solve your business debt problems. Our top tips when choosing a debt collection agency... Read More