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High Court Casts Eye over Time-Hallowed Standard Shipping Contract

Standard form shipping contracts are the lifeblood of international trade and have often been in common use for many years. However, one High Court case – in which the meaning of a single three-letter word came under close analysis – showed that even their time-hallowed provisions can be the subject of disagreement. The case concerned the charter of a...

Indiscriminate Data Collection Unlawful, Rules EU

A legal challenge to UK Government legislation giving the authorities wide powers to collect and retain data has been upheld by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014, which has been widely described as a ‘snooper’s charter’, requires communications companies to retain information on their...

Sacked Maritime Armed Guard Has Compensation Hopes Boosted

When losing parties read an Employment Tribunal (ET) decision, fairness demands that it should be clear to them exactly why they have failed. In one case where that did not happen, a maritime armed guard who was sacked after failing to get on with a client won a fresh chance to prove that his dismissal was unfair. The Ex-Royal Marine was employed to provide...

Basement Extension Engineering Works – Is Planning Consent Required?

Do the often noisy and dirty engineering works involved in creating basement extensions require planning permission in their own right? The High Court tackled that burning issue in blocking plans for a subterranean living space in Central London. The property concerned was neither listed nor in a conservation area. The proposed extension was modest and would...

Crisis Hit Bank Defeats Euros 26 Million Misrepresentation Claim

Much water has flowed under the bridge since the 2008 financial crisis but the courts are still dealing with the fall-out. One such case that raised important issues relating to disclaimer clauses involved a company that was left holding worthless bank securities with a face value of Euros 27 million. Subordinated loan notes were issued in a fund-raising effort...