Ed Sheeran Settles “Amazing” Plagiarism Claims

Ed Sheeran Settles “Amazing” Plagiarism Claims Despite writing so many hits for others that purportedly he cannot remember them all, for Ed Sheeran it was thirty nine notes he kept for himself that he might like to forget. The singer has recently settled a $21 million claim alleging that he copied his 2014 single “Photograph” “note for note” from a song from X Factor winner Matt Cardle. The songwriters behind “Amazing” released in 2014 said

Should there be No Fault Divorce?

Should there be No Fault Divorce A woman was recently refused permission to divorce her wealthy husband after he convinced a Judge that their “minor rows were a normal part of married life”. Tini Owens 65 claimed her 39 year marriage to Huw Owens broke down irretrievably after she had an affair. Her husband 78, a mushroom farmer from Worcestershire said he had forgiven her in 2012 and High Court Judges explained they would have

What actually is impeachment?

What actually is impeachment? The process of impeachment has its origins deep in English Common Law, and was adopted by the authors of the U.S. constitution as a mechanism to oust wayward officials, including presidents.  Section 4 of Article 2 states “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers shall be removed from office on Impeachment for, and on Conviction of Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanours”. Michael de la Pole, 1st Earl

Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful

Court Rule Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful   There is likely to be a very high rise in tribunal claims after the Government agreed to scrap fees and pay back £27 million.   Ministers have promised to take immediate action to refund the payments after the Supreme Court upheld a challenge by Unison that the charges were discriminatory.   The court ruled that the Government was acting unlawfully and indeed unconstitutionally when it introduced the

Divorce Ruling Ends Era of Equal Division

Divorce Ruling Ends Era of Equal Division Couples who divorce after short marriages with no children cannot expect an equal share of marital assets following on from a ruling by Senior Judges in June.   In a case set to mark a radical departure from the approach of equal sharing, Appeal Judges ruled that a cheating husband whose City Trader wife made £10.5 million in bonuses in 5 years, was not entitled to an equal

Landlords have you registered with Rent Smart Wales?

Landlords have you registered with Rent Smart Wales?   The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 deals with the obligations now placed on private landlords of properties in Wales. It also affects those landlords who live outside Wales but, let properties out in Wales. All private landlords who are involved in the letting of a property in Wales must register themselves and their properties with an organisation called Rent Smart Wales. Private landlords who self-manage their properties

Silence in the context of settlement – to mediate or not to mediate?

A recent Court of Appeal decision has sent a firm warning to litigants and their legal advisers in respect of the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) to resolve claims. The decision in Thakkar & Anr v Patel & Anr [2017] EWCA Civ 217 should be noted by all litigants as it confirms what the Courts expect of litigants regarding the use of ADR, mediation in particular, within the court process, especially when the leading

School Holiday Fines – Supreme Court Ruling

Supreme Court Hands down its long-awaited judgment in respect of school term-time holiday fines. In a landmark judgment handed down by The Supreme Court this morning, it has been ruled that parents cannot legally take children out of school during term-time without their head teacher’s permission. Parents who take children out of school during term time face fines and prosecution for doing so. Jon Platt had successfully argued in the Magistrates Court and High Court


Mediation As litigation specialists, we are often asked about mediation and how this could be applied to a client’s claim. Over the last few years, mediation has become a very significant feature and milestone in the pursuance or defence of any civil litigation claim and a key feature of the whole dispute resolution process. Below, Deian Benjamin an associate in our litigation department provides and in-depth analysis on what is involved in a mediation appointment,

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