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Cheating in Casinos Does Not Require Dishonesty Court of Appeal Rules

In a decision of crucial importance to anyone involved in the gaming industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a professional card player who won £7.7 million at the baccarat table was cheating – despite the fact that he was not dishonest. The player and an associate achieved the winnings by engaging in ‘edge sorting’, a technique which involves the...

Does Increasing Market Complexity Benefit Consumers? High Court Ponders

The emergence of ever more complex trading algorithms has enabled once simple markets to become increasingly sophisticated and, in an important decision relating to the market in holiday timeshare exchanges, the High Court has analysed the impact of such developments on consumers. The case concerned a company that provided a service to timeshare owners whereby...

Audio Equipment Manufacturer in Cross-Border Trade Marks Tussle

Cross-border intellectual property disputes can raise tricky jurisdictional issues and such difficulties were put into high relief by the case of a British audio equipment manufacturer that accused a Spanish company of violating its UK trade marks. The manufacturer launched proceedings in England, alleging that its Spanish rival had infringed its UK trade marks...

Homelessness Charities in Transfer of Undertakings Test

Four charity workers whose roles were shifted from one employer to another during a consolidation exercise will suffer no ill effects in terms of their pay and conditions after convincing a tribunal that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) applied to their cases. The four were employed by charity A, which provided...

Trouble with the Neighbours? A Good Lawyer Can Help!

Some neighbours are friendlier than others and, if you feel that your rights are being trampled upon, a good lawyer can help you. In one case, an equestrian couple who were harassed by a farmer, who flouted their right of way across his land, won an injunction and thousands of pounds in damages. The couple ran an equestrian centre and riding school from their...

Investment Bank Defeats $1.2 Billion Undue Influence Claim

Business relationships depend on cordiality and trust – but at what point do such arrangements give rise to dependency and a duty of care? The High Court addressed that thorny issue in the case of a sovereign wealth fund that blamed an investment bank after losing more than $1 billion following the 2008 financial crisis. The fund was established to manage...