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Fire Damaged $12 Million Ship a Total Loss

Insurance disputes in respect of whether a vehicle is or is not a write-off following an accident are sadly familiar to thousands of motorists. However, one High Court case involving a catastrophic fire on board a ship with an insured value of $12 million showed that such disagreements are not confined to dry land. The vessel was fully laden and sailing in the...

Supreme Court Blocks Legal Aid Residence Test

In an important decision which set parameters on the exercise of executive power by government ministers, the Supreme Court blocked the Lord Chancellor’s plans to use subordinate legislation to introduce a residence test for the receipt of legal aid. The Lord Chancellor proposed restricting legal aid to those who had been lawfully resident in the UK, or Crown...

Internet Pirate Who Cost Film Industry £12 Million Jailed

Many people believe that everything on the Internet should be free. However, one case in which a businessman received a four-year jail term for wholesale breaches of film industry copyrights showed how very wrong that assumption is. The man made £280,000 in advertising revenue from operating a series of websites which enabled Internet users to download pirated...

Litigation Delay Costs Mortgage Lender Its £1.4 Million Security

Failing to respond swiftly to litigation can be extremely costly. One mortgage lender found that out when its £1.4 million legal charge over a residential property was effectively rendered worthless by its failure to file a legal document on time. The house was lived in by a bankrupt businessman and his wife, both of whom were signatories to the mortgage. The...

Counterfeit Goods May Be Common but Selling Them is a Crime

The trade in so-called ‘knock off’ goods is nowadays so widespread that people tend to forget that it is criminal. In one case, a shopkeeper who made up to £300,000 selling counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes was handed a hefty jail sentence. The man was caught out by Trading Standards officers dealing in fake Amber Leaf tobacco and Mayfair cigarettes. He...

Facing Litigation? It’s No Good Sitting on Your Hands!

When faced with litigation, maintaining your silence is not an option and you should take legal advice straight away. In one case, a failure to respond to legal documents left a man facing a £4.1 million judgment without having put forward any defence to the claim. In the midst of a bitter family dispute, the man had been accused by his brother of removing over...