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The Dekagram: 4th September 2023

This week we bring news of another government consultation, this one relating to the licensing of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England and Wales. This is something the team has been discussing even since before Dominique Smith wrote her book on cross border…

The Dekagram: 29th August 2023

So that’s it. We’ve had A level and GCSE results, the late August Bank Holiday, the now traditional holiday air traffic control meltdown, and the Summer is over. And as we hurtle towards Christmas (117 days to go, since you ask) our…

Montague v The Governing Body of Heavers Farm Primary School

An unusual, complicated and interesting case which confronts the delicate conflict between religious belief and inclusive secular education.

Earlier this year HHJ Lethem handed down judgment in Montague, a case that generated a good deal of press coverage.  In this article Richard…

In public law proceedings, where the final care plan is for a child to remain at home with their parent(s), should the court make a care or supervision order?

The court allowed this appeal, making supervision orders in place of care orders for the children who are placed at home. The court addressed the fact that this issue was being approached differently based on whether the court was North or West,…

Should the Judgments of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice be Recognised by the Courts of England and Wales?: the Decision in Deutsche Bank AG v Central Bank of Venezuela and Receivers [2023] UWCA Civ 742

In a recent decision the Court of Appeal considered whether the judgments of the Venezuelan Supreme Court (‘the STJ’) should be recognised by the courts of England and Wales – recognition being the first step towards enforcement. The Court held that that…

The Dekagram: 14th August 2023

Our eye was caught this week by a recent judgment by Mellor J in a cryptocurrency case. Not that the subject matter of the claim especially concerns travel and cross border practitioners; but the question of whether a party can rely on…

The Dekagram: 7th August 2023

Attentive readers will recall Max Melsa’s recent article on the decision in Abbott v Ministry of Defence [2023] EWHC 1475 (KB) relating to group actions (

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute Policy Report: Wish you were Here

Commercial analysis: The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has called for holiday protections and terms and conditions to be simplified to reduce confusion for consumers. Sarah Prager KC of Deka Chambers considers what the CTSI has called for, the current legal position…

The Dekagram: 31st July 2023

This week we bring you a Dekagram all about costs recoverability, in the contexts of Part 36 and of summary judgment and strike out. The cases on split liability offers just keep coming, with the decision in Mundy v TUI [2023] EWHC…

Foreign Law as an Issue of Fact: Perry v Lopag Trust and another (No.2) (Cayman Islands) [2023] UKPC 16

A recent judgment of the Privy Council explores the interplay between two principles on appeal.

First, findings of fact are notoriously difficult to appeal, the appellate courts taking the understandable view that the judge at first instance was in a better position…

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