Dispute Resolution Law Blog

15 October 2014

It’s celebrity autobiography season – what to do if you are libelled in a book

We are now officially in the run up to Christmas. One of the many signs of this is the sudden appearance of a spate of celebrity autobiographies. Not only are these autobiographies now hitting the shelves, but in many cases, the contents of the books are trailed by a series of extracts published in selected newspapers.

19 September 2014

Let me in. Where there’s a tenancy, there are tenants’ rights

For any landlord, the cantankerous tenant can be a nagging unwelcome problem. There is a juxtaposition between complicity in a ‘quick fix’ and slaloming through landlord and tenant laws to solve what can quickly become a time consuming and stressful issue. Whether the property is commercial or residential, the procedure for ousting a tenant can be intricate and unforgiving if shortcutted. Written tenancy agreement or not, rent arrears, concerns of disrepair or in the event of more unusual tenant behaviour, landlords and their letting agents all too often get it wrong. Naturally, this results in financial consequences and like so many recurring legal issues, it all could have been avoided at an earlier stage. 

9 September 2014

“Trusting” fraudulent family

In the case of Arthur James Watts v John Harris Watts (2014) the High Court has recently awarded damages for deceit and breach of trust to a claimant beneficiary who was the victim of a fraudulent misrepresentation made by a trustee.  

Fiona Simpson

2 September 2014

Legal update: Trial by jury in defamation claims - the exception rather than the rule

Tim Yeo v Times Newspapers Ltd [2014] EWHC 2853 (QB)

This case concerned a libel action brought by the claimant Tim Yeo MP (Y) against the defendant, The Times Newspapers Ltd (T).

1 September 2014

Famous painters and secret trusts

Judgment has now been given at the High Court in London in the dispute over Lucian Freud’s £96 million estate. Freud was an  internationally-recognised and highly successful artist and draughtsman. His residuary estate after payment of legacies and inheritance tax but before administration expenses was estimated by the claimants to be worth about £42 million. The first claimant, Diana Rawstron, was Freud’s’s solicitor and the second claimant, Rose Pearce, was one of his children. They were the executrices of the disputed will. The defendant, Paul Freud, was one of his 14 children.

Ryan Mowat

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