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Anyone involved with housing disrepair claims will be interested in Lord Justice Jackson’s further review of civil litigation costs, published in his recent report of July 2017 (“the Report”).

The Report marks LJ Jackson’s second review of civil litigation costs, the first of which was published in January 2010.

These earlier Jackson reforms impacted quite significantly on personal injury litigation, which has resulted, in part, in an increase in housing disrepair claims where there are currently no fixed costs.

Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK – more than doubling from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million in 2016. There are several possible reasons for this and wealth protection is almost certainly amongst them.  However, is simply steering clear of the wedding aisle enough to protect your assets?

The London law firm, Farrer & Co LLP, have been cleared by the High Court of negligence in relation to advice regarding trust payments.

Multi-millionaire Mr Cundill was a discretionary beneficiary of a settlement. Prior to his death in 2011, Mr Cundill requested the trustees of the settlement to make provision to the value of $10m to his close friend Ms Joseph (the Claimant). The trustees rejected that request, but later agreed to pay the Claimant the sum of £5m through periodical payments from the trust fund.

A recent High Court judgment has left open the possibility of Claimants bringing a successful harassment claim against newspaper publishers even where the Claimant has already recovered damages in libel.

Claims for harassment have regularly been brought by celebrities against the media, and the Courts have granted injunctions to prevent intrusive coverage.

One of the most read articles on the BBC’s website this morning concerns an investigation in a national breast cancer charity in relation to payments of £31,000 paid to the charity’s founder during a period where the founder was also acted as a trustee.

The article can be found here:

It seems unsurprising that many people who love sport have resorted in recent times to exclaim ‘sport has lost touch with reality’ or ‘sport is just about money’. These hyperboles often derive from a fear that what makes sport great (a concept inherently personal to every fan) is slowly being eroded away through excessive financial gain.

The latest on the Data Protection Bill as the Statement of Intent is published 

Sir James Munby, President of The Family Division in England and Wales, has heavily criticised the state of Mental Health provision in the UK in the case of Re X (A Child) (No 3).

The case involves a girl aged 17 who for the purposes of confidentiality is referred to as “X” and who is currently placed in a secure accommodation unit.

From a legal perspective, a ‘transfer request’ (a formal and open statement that a Player wants to terminate his Player Contract early) could be treated by a Club as an anticipatory breach of contract, entitling that Club to accept that breach of contract, terminate the Player Contract and pursue the Player (and possibly any Club that enters into a new Player Contract with him/her) for the appropriate damages. However, from football and commercial angles, a transfer request means something completely different.

The trustees of Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses have been heavily criticised by the Charity Commission in a recently published report. The criticism stems from the trustees’ poor handling of child sex abuse allegations and their further lack of co-operation with the Commission.