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Bloomsburry Family law


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Sixty per cent of Solicitors Journal readers think the Law Society would be right to go ahead with plans to make public the details of solicitors it has reprimanded.

R v Paul Hansford

A conviction for conspiracy to cheat the public revenue was safe even though the Crown had not, on compelling public interest grounds, disclosed its source of information that appeared to support the offender’s claim that he had not reported the fraud due to threats of violence. An admission comprising the gist of the information made it plausible, but not likely, that the offender had been threatened and, in any case, there had been an abundance of circumstantial evidence showing the offender’s involvement in the fraud from the start.

Gary Poll v (1) Raymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael Viscount Asquith of Morley (2) Mary Clare Bartholomew Viscountess Asquith of Morley [2006]

Landowners who owed a duty of care to road users in respect of their trees that abutted the highway were found to be in breach of that duty where a tree had fallen into the road as a result of a combination of a visible structural defect and a concealed fungal defect. Their forestry inspector had not been suitably qualified to be deemed a competent inspector, and if a competent inspector had carried out a reasonable and proper examination on the tree, the fungal defect would, on the balance of probabilities, have been detected.