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Judgment in Death Bed Gifts Appeal

William Moffett acted in the recent appeal in Vallee v Birchwood [2013] EWHC 1449 (Ch), which is currently causing something of a stir among private client practitioners. The case concerned a donatio mortis causa, a death-bed gift, made in respect of a house by handing over title deeds, by the donor to his daughter some 4 months before his death.

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Judgment in Hounslow Badminton Association v Registrar of Companies

Mr Justice Vos delivered judgment as to the effect of administrative restoration of a company under section 1024 of the Companies Act 2006 on an application for registration of particulars of a charge delivered prior to restoration.

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Trustees seek Court's guidance before exercising power of appointment

Kate Selway acted for settlement trustees who were applying under CPR 64.2 for a declaration that a proposed exercise of a power of appointment was for the benefit of a beneficiary (“E”). The settlement excluded illegitimate children from the class of beneficiaries. E was unmarried and had recently had a child (“T”).

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Claims Under Guarantees - 20th June

This Radcliffe Chambers Resource seminar by Shantanu Majumdar, William Moffett and Josh Lewison will provide practical guidance (including an update on recent case law) for solicitors bringing and defending claims on guarantees.

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Former Southampton footballer successful in dilapidations claim against his old club

Simon Williams recently acted for retired footballer Francis Benali in his successful dilapidations and contractual claim against his former club, Southampton.

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Freezing Injunctions: A workshop - 14th May 2013

This Radcliffe Chambers Resource seminar by Shantanu Majumdar and Christopher Buckley gives practical tips and guidance in the light of recent case law for solicitors dealing with freezing orders.

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Decision in NT v FS

Katherine McQuail was recently instructed in an application for a statutory will in the Court of Protection: NT v FS & Others.

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Court of Appeal judgment in Sir Malcolm Arnold’s estate case

Tom Dumont, with Michael Furness QC, successfully resisted the appeal brought by the children of Sir Malcolm Arnold, the famous composer.

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Judgment in Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v. World Future Ltd [2013] EWHC 723 (Ch)

Mark Mullen appeared for the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on this winding-up petition presented on public interest grounds under section 124A of the Insolvency Act 1986.  A contributory claimed standing to oppose the petition, notwithstanding the insolvency of the company.  She contended that Evans-Lombe J had been wrong in In Re Rodencroft [2004] 1 WLR 1566 to find that a contributory must have an interest in a contingent surplus of assets in the winding-up in order to have standing to oppose a public interest petition.

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Mark Fell appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel)

Mark Fell has been appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (B Panel) for a five year period with effect from 1st March 2013.

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