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10-07-2017 13:51:51 in General by 4KBW
The Head of Chambers sponsored female members of chambers to take part in the Women’s Forum. We were delighted to attend the Temple Women’s Forum Garden Party last week. This annual event was kindly ran by the Temple Women’s Forum, an organisation set up in 2012 with the view to supporting and encouraging women practitioners and judges throughout their careers at the Ba...

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28-06-2017 11:12:30 in General by 4KBW
Over the weekend, 4KBW’s newest tenant, Matthew Gillett, went viral on Twitter and made it onto the sport’s pages of the BBC website following a sartorial slip. Matthew is a Bristol City fan and season ticket holder. He pre-ordered the away shirt for the forthcoming 2017/18 season and when it arrived, all looked to be in order. However, after having worn it for a marathon training run...

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05-06-2017 14:20:47 in Aviation and Travel by 4KBW
In-Flight WiFi: How Gogo achieved its dominance  The in-flight WiFi provider ‘Gogo’ has a reputation for poor speed and connectivity, with travelers frequently complaining of the system’s slow speed compared to its price (costing up to $60). However, with Gogo possessing 80% of the market share the consumer often has no choice but to choose it as their in-flight WiFi provid...

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02-06-2017 19:01:32 in Procedure by 4KBW
Rule 44. 11 – Court’s powers in relation to misconduct: Part 44 of the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2013 (SI 2013/262) was re-enacted on 1st April 2013 and concerns the court’s powers in relation to misconduct. incur Where a party (a) fails to comply with a court rule in assessment or summary proceedings, or (b) acts unreasonably or improperly before or during proceedings t...

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30-05-2017 19:06:12 in Aviation and Travel by Christopher Loxton
The CJEU’s striking decision – Pešková examined On 4 May 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) handed down judgment in the case of Marcela Pešková, Jirí Peška -v- Travel Service A.S. (C-315/15)[1] (“Pešková”). The case concerned the central question of whether a bird strike to an aircra...

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16-05-2017 12:19:03 in General by 4KBW
Mobile technology and the future of construction rental   Leasing construction equipmentis often a costly and time-consuming process. The equipment needs to be sourced, contracts need to be drawn up and signed, and delivery needs to be arranged. Getting the best deal might involve looking up dozens of potential providers to get quotes.   Those “in-the-know” in the industr...

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15-05-2017 17:36:04 in Civil Litigation by 4KBW
The High Court discourages misuse of Precedent R   Judgement was handed down on 12 May 2017 in Findcharm Limited v Churchill Group Limited [2017] EWHC 1108 (TCC) (available here). Parties making a tactically low Precedent R costs budget response in the hopes that the court will perform its own assessment to their advantage may instead find the court agreeing to the other party’s costs...

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12-05-2017 17:10:02 in Aviation and Travel by Jerome Wilcox
The electric car, once only the domain of eccentric Sci-Fi movies, has now well and truly found its way into everyday consumer life. So, what’s next for the world of fuel innovation? Will we really be able to power commercial flights using just electric fuel, as we now can cars? A start-up company formed just last year believes we will. The goal of Wright Electric is to make every short-hau...

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05-05-2017 14:21:52 in Aviation and Travel by Christopher Loxton
A collision between an aircraft and a bird may now be defined as an ‘extraordinary circumstance’, according to the Court of Justice for the European Union (“the Court”) in a judgment delivered on 4 May 2017. The ruling means that any collision with birds may exempt an air carrier from the need to pay compensation under Regulation (EC) No.261/2004 (“the Regulation&rdq...

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28-04-2017 16:45:24 in Aviation and Travel by Lawrence Power
We’ve all had the same problem: you walk too far away from your Wi-Fi router and, all of a sudden, your Wi-Fi stops working. We all know that it’s simply because the router’s signal isn’t strong enough to reach you that extra few feet away. There is sadly a limit on the strength of Wi-Fi connectivity. But, if Wi-Fi is so dependent upon your proximity to a router, doesn&rsqu...

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13-04-2017 20:51:57 in General by Robert Pidgeon
The government ignored opposition and is going ahead with the proposed probate fee increase. For estates worth over £2 million the fee could now be £20,000. What is probate? Probate describes the legal and financial processes involved in dealing with the property, money and other assets of the deceased. This normally involves the appointment of an executor who will deal with the dece...

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11-04-2017 20:00:46 in General by Christopher Hanges
The Court of Appeal held in a unanimous decision on 10 April 2017 in the case of LL v The Lord Chancellor [2017] EWCA Civ 237 (available here) that a claim can be brought against the Lord Chancellor following a High Court judge’s ‘gross and obvious irregularity’. Jackson LJ, with whom King and Longmore LJJ agreed, stressed that this decision did not traverse the long-established...

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07-04-2017 19:52:14 in Aviation and Travel by Lawrence Power
The inquest into the death of British Airways co-pilot Richard Westgate commenced on 6 April 2017 at the Salisbury Coroner’s Court. What is Aerotoxic Syndrome “Aereotoxic syndrome” is the term given to the illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircraft. The condition has not been recognised by medicine and claims of health effects were found to be unsubstantiate...

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06-04-2017 19:22:15 in Aviation and Travel by Helen McAteer
Judgement was handed down in Isle of Wight Council v Platt [2017] UKSC 28 (available here). The Supreme Court provided guidance on what ‘failed to attend regularly’ meant in the context of the offence contrary to section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996. The facts On 30 January 2015, Mr Platt, the father of a child, (‘Mary’), sent a letter to the school attended by the ch...

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31-03-2017 19:40:22 in Contract by Lawrence Power
In the recent case of Global Asset Capital Inc and another v Aabar Block S.A.R.L and others [2017] EWCA Civ 37, the Court of Appeal held that the High Court was wrong to find that following a ‘subject to contract’ offer letter, a contract was concluded during a telephone call which was inconsistent with subsequent communications. Background: For the purposes of the appeal the followi...

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