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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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Sometimes, even an established professional such as a lawyer or solicitor can make a mistake that directly affects you or your business. Mistakes, whilst thankfully not that common in the UK, can mean that a wide range of claims may fail, contracts become invalid and you or your business are left picking up the pieces with the likely financial consequences that this entails.
If you have had a problem with your solicitor and you would like to find out more about making a claim for compensation, there are 4 main factors to consider:

In what is widely considered to be one of the largest claims in British legal history, a joint UU/US firm has filed a complaint at Liverpool High Court seeking £5bn in compensation for victims of an environmental catastrophe in Brazil.

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A recent judgement at the Court of Appeal in Cadbury UK v The Comptroller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks has upheld a 2016 High Court decision meaning that confectionary manufacturer Cadbury is unable to revise part of a trade mark it owns by removing a description it feared had invalidated another of its marks.

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Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks, one of the much loved stars from the classic 90’s US TV show ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, is taking legal action to stop the developers of the popular computer game ‘Fortnite’ from using a dance that he performed on the show.

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A man who sued an IVF clinic in London for breach of contract over a faked signature has lost his claim for compensation at the Court of Appeal.

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Most individuals or businesses at some point will need to engage the services of a professional to help with a particular task or project. When instructing a professional, it is reasonable to expect a certain level of service and expertise; you have placed your trust ion this professional individual or business and there will be an expectation that a particular result or outcome will be delivered.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, one of the stars of the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, is embroiled in a contract dispute with his former agent that could end up costing him up to $2 million.

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In a move that will be welcomed by many businesses both in mainland Europe and the UK, the recent Brexit draft withdrawal agreement contains a clause which means that EU trademarks and designs will continue to be valid once the UK formally leaves the EU (if it actually does, of course!).

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Professional footballer Ched Evans is set to take legal action against his former lawyers in a claim for loss of earnings following his initial conviction at a rape trial. 29-year old Evans, who has also earned 13 caps at international level for Wales, faced trial for rape in 2012 where he was ultimately convicted, spending two and a half years in prison. Evans has always protested his innocence over the rape claim bought by a nineteen year old woman following from a drunken night at a hotel in Wales in 2011.

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  • New data recently published by the The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) has revealed that complaints made against law firms in the UK have seen a 9% increase based on the previous year. The new data, based on the most recently available figures for 2019, show that there were just under 30,900 ‘first tier’ complaints received, compared to just under 28,300 in 2018. Legal sector analysts have suggested that new changes in transparency laws, introduced at the end of 2018, may have contributed to the higher numbers with law firms now being compelled to publish details of how and when their clients lodge complaints. Overall, Law firms managed to resolve 80% of all complaints themselves, slightly less than 2018 but a big improvement on 2012 data where 71% of complaints were resolved without recourse to the regulator or formal legal proceedings. Delays, advice... Read More

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  • As part of the UK government’s attempts to speed up the processing of claims that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has recently announced the location of the first ten temporary courts.Dubbed ‘Nightingale Courts’ after the emergency intensive care hospitals that were set up in record time during the pandemic’s peak, the new, temporary will hopefully be finished and in use by the end of August. The first such court, at East Pallant House in Chichester, Sussex, is due to open by the start of next week. The new locations opening soon are: • East Pallant House, Chichester – for civil litigation and family cases• Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage – for civil cases• Cloth Hall Court, Leeds – civil trial work and Business and Property cases• Middlesbrough Town Hall – initially civil hearings, later to... Read More