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“Crossing the Line” – Advising on structured deposits

What duties do financial intermediaries owe if they “cross the line” by giving advice on products which are normally distributed under a mere “information regime”. This was the issue on a recent appeal in which Peter Dodge successfully appeared for the Respondent. The decision of Her Honour Judge Raeside in Anderson v Openwork Limited [2015] EW Misc B14 is available on BAILLI and is also the subject of an article on the FT Adviser website.

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Josh Lewison joins the Chancery Bar Association Main Committee

We are delighted to announce that Josh Lewison has been co-opted to join the Main Committee of the Chancery Bar Association.  Josh will join Mark West on this Committee.  Mark has acted as Treasurer for the Chancery Bar Association since 2012.

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Judgment in Various Claimants v Giambrone [2015] EWHC 1946 (QB)

On 7 July 2015, Mr Justice Foskett handed down a 153-page judgment in a complex claim (negligence, breach of trust and fiduciary duty) against Italian lawyers in relation to their advice to buyers at an off-plan property development in Southern Italy.

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Unfair relationships provisions of the Consumer Credit Act considered

Elizabeth Ovey, instructed by DWF has represented NRAM plc in a claim against NRAM based on the unfair relationships provisions of the Consumer Credit Act and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations. This claim was rejected by Mr. Recorder Cadwallader sitting in Leeds. The case began with a claim by NRAM to possession of one of a substantial portfolio of buy-to-let properties, met with an unsuccessful counterclaim for a sum in the order of £4 million.

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Ross v A [2015] EWCOP 46

Justin Holmes appeared for the Official Solicitor in Ross v A, a case in which the Court of Protection retrospectively authorised a deputy to pay the school fees of a sibling of A out of A’s personal injury fund.

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Francesca Quint has become an honorary president of British Mensa

Radcliffe Chambers is proud to announce that Francesca Quint  who is widely known as a specialist in charity law has become an honorary president of British Mensa. We would like to congratulate Francesca on her appointment.

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Keith Rowley Q.C. appears at pension scheme compromise hearing

On 18 June 2015 Keith Rowley Q.C., instructed by Eversheds LLP, appeared before Mann J. on behalf of the Defendant in Grolier International Ltd. v. Capital Cranfield Trustees Ltd. on the hearing of an application under CPR Rule 19.7(6) for approval of a conditional compromise agreement entered into between the Claimants and the Defendant, the latter in its capacity as the sole trustee of the Grolier International Limited Pension Plan.

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Radcliffe Chambers shortlisted as Chambers of the Year in the STEP Private Client Awards

We are delighted to be shortlisted in the Chambers of the Year category in this year’s STEP Private Client Awards. Click here to read STEP press release and see the complete list of finalists.

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We have raised over £1,500 for the London Legal Support Trust!

Our team of walkers joined more than 8,000 lawyers in the London Legal Walk which took place on the 18th of May. We are delighted to have successfully raised £1,536.25 and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated and helped us to achieve this substantial amount.

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The law of donatio mortis causa clarified by the Court of Appeal. Vallee v Birchwood wrongly decided

Mark Mullen appeared for the Appellants in King v. The Chilterns Dog Rescue [2015] EWCA Civ 581 before the Court of Appeal (led by Penelope Reed QC).  The Court reversed the decision of Charles Hollander QC, sitting as a deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division (sub nom. King v. Dubrey [2014] EWHC 2083 (Ch)), and declared that Vallee v. Birchwood[2013] EWHC 1449 (Ch) had been wrongly decided.

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