Legal News Round-up: June 2012

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Legal history has been made as the first cohort to graduate as Chartered Legal Executives recited the new Chartered Legal Executive Oath. The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives is the first and only legal membership organisation in England and Wales to have an oath as part of its graduation ceremony.

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Noisy hotel given ASBO.  A Blackpool hotel has been given an anti social behaviour order and closed down by the local council after encouraging excessive alcohol consumption at stag and hen parties. It is believed to be the first time that such an order has been used to close down a successful business.


Lawyers are not under any obligation to continue acting for clients who refuse to settle their legal bills, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled. Overturning the first-instance judgment in Cawdery Kaye Fireman & Taylor (CKFT) v Gary Minkin, the CoA said the firm was entitled to suspend working for Minkin as he had failed to pay his legal bills.

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EAT rules in favour of stripper in Stringfellows dispute. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that £200,000-a-year stripper Nadine Quashie was an employee of Stringfellows club, paving the way for her unfair dismissal claim against the club.

The EAT overturned the first-instance ruling that Quashie was self employed and therefore unable to pursue her claim, stating that: “The judge’s repeated conclusion that there was no mutuality of obligation is frankly wrong.”

Judge McMullen QC, who heard the appeal, said the concession made by Glyn at the appeal stage that a contract existed between the appellant and respondent meant she was employed by the club.

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Do rejected applicants have the right to disclosure of documents relating to the successful candidate if they consider they have suffered unlawful discrimination the the recruitment process? No, said the ECJ in Meister v Speech Design Carrier Systems GmbH which was a claim by an applicant for a job an experienced software developer, who made a complaint that she had been discriminated against on the ground of her sex, age, and ethnic origin when she was not short-listed for interview.


Ombudsman hints at giving users of online legal services access to redress. Consumers using online legal services should have access to proper redress, the Legal Ombudsman has suggested.

Adam Sampson said he was not convinced there is a difference between a legal product and a legal service, and argued that those who design online legal products should be held to account for mistakes they may make.

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Injured shoppers are claiming $100m a year in slip and trips. The high number of personal injury claims launched by hapless shoppers slipping on grapes may mean that the fruit will disappear from supermarkets altogether.

It’s been revealed that an astonishing $100m has been claimed in shoppers’ personal injury law suits in the last year and one grocery chain alone is currently facing claims of $50m from injured shoppers, according to a Courier Mail report. Most of these claims have been blamed on grapes rolling off the shelves onto the floor: but snow peas, lettuce leaves, beans and milk have also caused multiple injuries.

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