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Court Spotlight on Judicial Appointments System

In a case which shone a rare spotlight on the judicial appointments process, a lawyer who was denied promotion to the full-time bench after he clocked up seven penalty points on his driving licence has failed in a High Court challenge to the decision. There was no dispute that the highly experienced solicitor, who already sat as a part-time deputy district...

Government Proposes LLP Bombshell

The Government’s response to the consultation entitled ‘Transparency and trust: enhancing transparency of UK company ownership and increasing trust in UK business‘, launched in 2013, contains buried deep within it a proposal to abolish the right to have a corporate partner within a limited liability partnership (LLP). Corporate partners are...

Whistleblowing Law Protects LLP Members

The Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) is a relatively new creature in UK law, so the law relating to this form of ownership is still developing. One key question that has arisen is the employment status of LLP members, which has come into focus following a legal battle which arose when an LLP member was expelled from a firm after making protected disclosures...

Supreme Court Guidance on ‘Town or Village Greens’

In an important victory for developers, which also represents a serious blow to those committed to preserving open spaces for public recreation, a campaigner has failed to convince the Supreme Court that a playing field which had been used by local people for more than 50 years should be registered as a town or village green. The two-hectare field had been...

Court Treads Border Between ‘Medicines’ and Food Supplements

In an important decision for pharmacists and the pharmaceuticals industry, the High Court has helped to define the controversial border between heavily regulated prescription medicines and food supplements that contain the same active ingredients. Two pharmaceutical companies made and marketed a prescription-only drug, the active ingredient of which was...