Appeal succeeds in Scottish fatal diving accident case

Lois Aldred of 12 King’s Bench Walk previously blogged about the decision of the Outer House of the Court of Session in Warner v Scapa Flow Charters. That decision – in favour of the pursuer – has since been overturned by the Inner House. The litigation in summary concerns the standard of care required of the…

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How do the English courts interpret foreign legal provisions?

Richard Hermer QC (sitting as a High Court Judge) recently gave some helpful practical guidance on how the English courts approach the interpretation of foreign legal materials (for example, building regulations) in Deane v Barker & Ors [2022] EWHC 1523 (QB). The judgment is particularly useful for its clear pointers to lawyers about how an…

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Changes incoming for service gateways

The 149th Practice Direction Update will see some significant changes being made to the CPR 6BPD service gateways with effect from 1 October 2022. The key new provisions (and what they mean in practical terms) are outlined in this blog post.

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UK Government launches ‘Retained EU Law Dashboard’

We previously wrote about Lord Frost’s promise to carry out a comprehensive review of the content of Retained EU law. As a result of that review, the Government has released a ‘Retained EU Law Dashboard’, which can be accessed here. The Dashboard “showcases the outcome of this review as an authoritative catalogue of [Retained EU…

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The US legal system – an English barrister’s view

This is a blog post by Spencer Turner about his recent experience of the US legal system during his travels on a Pegasus Trust Scholarship. “America is not like a blanket – one piece of unbroken cloth, the same colour, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt – many patches,…

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Forum disputes: “get it right first time”

As I said at the outset, I was persuaded to give permission to appeal because it appeared that a question of principle might arise. With the benefit of argument, I doubt whether that is so. However, this appeal will have served a useful purpose if it underlines the importance, in this context as elsewhere, of…

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Can you strike out without submitting to the jurisdiction?

We know from cases like PJSC Bank “Finance And Credit” & Anor v Valentynovich & Ors [2021] EWHC 2522 (Ch) at [67] and Tsareva v Ananyev [2019] EWHC 2414 (Comm) at [60] that defendants have been allowed to issue conjoined applications disputing the court’s jurisdiction while simultaneously applying for strike-out or summary judgment without this…

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