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The Convent and the Convent in the Hills: provisional liquidation of a £7 million crowdfunding scheme

Mark Mullen acted for the Secretary of State on applications for a provisional liquidator to be appointed in respect of 13 companies involved in crowdfunding the acquisition and development of a former convent of Poor Clare nuns in Woodchester, Stroud (“the Convent”) and a further parcel of land in Norway (“the Convent in the Hills”) into hotel and leisure facilities.

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Broad Towers, Caerleon - planning appeal succeeds and retrospective planning permission is granted

Clive Moys advised and settled the appellants’ representations in their successful s. 78 Householder planning appeal from Newport City Council’s refusal to grant retrospective planning permission for the enlargement of a window and the installation of a balcony at Broad Towers, Broadway, Caerleon, Newport. The Welsh Ministers appointed inspector Mr Richard E. Jenkins BA (Hons), MSc, MRTPI to determine

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Welford v Graham [2017] UKUT 297 (TCC)

Howard Smith appeared for the claimants dealing with rebutting prescription and whether consent or force needs positive proof.

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Mark Fell appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown

We are pleased to announce that Mark Fell has been appointed to HM Attorney General’s A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

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Re FW Mason & Sons Ltd (in Liquidation) [2017] EWHC 1512 (insolvency, liquidators’ remuneration and misfeasance, dishonesty)

In Re FW Mason & Sons Ltd (in Liquidation) [2017] EWHC 1512, the company’s current liquidators were claiming against its former liquidators, (one of whom was represented by Dov Ohrenstein) for alleged misfeasance and were determined to try to prove dishonesty. The allegations were serious and while Mr Justice Morgan accepted that there might be a public interest in discovering

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Trouble in Paradise

The more glamorous side of Dov Ohrenstein’s practice has gained the attention of journalists at the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. Both papers have recently published articles giving details of the dispute between Anastasia Alexander and Alfred Munkenbeck about

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Judgment in The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) v HM Attorney General

Mark Mullen appeared for HM Attorney General before the Chancellor of the High Court in The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation v HM Attorney General and others [2017] EWHC 1379 (Ch) in which the claimant (‘CIFF’), a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, sought approval of the making of a grant of $360 million to a new charity established by one of its trustees.

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Neutral sanctuary – or intimidating location? by Justin Holmes

One aspect of the decision of Charles J in ADS v DSM [2017] EWCOP 8 is causing Court of Protection practitioners a headache as explored below by Justin Holmes.

Charles J criticised the parties, and a Court of Protection visitor, for interviewing P at the house of her son, where she lived, whilst her son or members of his immediate family were elsewhere in the property. He said that in view of the allegations of undue influence in the case she should have been taken to a “neutral venue” by somebody independent of the family and interviewed there.

Practitioners are concerned, however

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Atkin Court Forms Volume 27(2) – Licensing & Gambling to Money

We are pleased to announce that Mark West contributed the section on Mines, Minerals and Quarries in the

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A sporting chance in the Court of Appeal II – article by Mark West

In this continuation of his casenotes regarding the recent judgment in Regency Villas v. Diamond Resorts by the Court of Appeal, Mark West considers (i) whether the easements could exist given that there was no obligation on the defendants to maintain the facilities (ii) whether the judge was right to allow an easement over future

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