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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. The process involved in both types of court are broadly similar. Upon submission of your claim, if a defence is entered, the case is then likely to proceed to a hearing or trial at the defendant's local court. A judge will then decide on the outcome of the case, unless of course an agreement is reached first. Even if you have started court action, it is not too late to try to reach... Read More

  • 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. S&G purchase Quindell – now operating as Watchstone PLC – in 2015 for £637m. The deal, one of the largest seen in the UK legal services sector, raised many eyebrows at the time with many industry experts questioning the financial and viability aspects. Despite such widespread concerns, S&G insisted that appropriate due-diligence had been carried out, with over £31m being spent on such activities prior to the deal being agreed. S&G, who initially issued their claim in June 2017, is seeking to recover the costs of the acquisition, which was based around the acquisition of a... Read More

  • 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. The graduate who made the claim, Pok Wong, ultimately graduated in 2013 with a firstclass degree in International Business Strategy but decided to sue the university on the grounds of false advertising, in particular with regard to their claims to offer “high-quality” teaching. Wong, who is now working as a paralegal in Hong Kong, claimed that the course failed to properly explain business concepts and rules, that lectures were unstimulating with repeated re-use of resources and that contact time with lecturers was also reduced part way through her course. Wong has warned universities about what they promote and claim in their prospectuses, and said some UK universities were being... Read More