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    The Upper Tribunal endorses a holistic approach to section 9 of the Education Act 1996 (parental preference on school placement)

    London Borough of Croydon v K.A. [2022] UKUT 106 (AAC) The Upper Tribunal published yesterday an important decision on EHC Plans which affirms the correct approach to section 9 of the Education Act 1996. The attempt by the London Borough of Croydon, on appeal, to narrow section 9 to educational benefits alone was rejected. Alice de Coverley, pictured here, from 3PB’s Education Team, represented the Respondent in this appeal, the parent, having already succeeded on...

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    Philip Bambagiotti predicts more cladding litigation in Australia   

    3PB's international construction and arbitration barrister Philip Bambagiotti (pictured here) has predicted looming ahead, building defects litigation over unsafe cladding in Australia, despite attempts to settle issues in NSW and Victoria. In a wide-ranging article for The Urban Developer, Philip outlines that cladding is far from a settled issue in Australia, with NSW’s Project Remediate expected to run until 2024, and Victoria’s scheme until 2025. Despite funding schemes in place, commentators say the total costs...

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    Gemma White, leading Thomas Acworth, secure convictions in multi-handed youth trial for causing GBH

    3PB barrister Gemma White, pictured here, leading Thomas Acworth, also pictured, secured convictions in multi-handed youth trial for causing GBH. On Thursday 12th May 2022 a jury at Hove Crown Court returned guilty verdicts against three young defendants following a complex and sensitive three week trial, arising out of a sustained and frenzied assault on a 46 year old care worker in a park in Worthing on Easter Sunday 2021. Two teenage boys, aged 14...

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    Statutory arbitration, enforcement, and other issues under the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus Act) 2022

    3PB recently hosted a free Commercial Law Webinar, at which members of the Commercial Group, David Parratt QC (Scot),  Charles Irvine and Rebecca Farrell considered statutory arbitration, enforcement, and other issues under the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus Act) 2022. The team also reflected on arbitration as a tool for dispute resolvers against the backdrop of this new legislation; the evolving debate concerning compulsory ADR and party’s voluntary use of the arbitration process. Attendance numbers at the webinar were impressive, with great engagement...

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    Craig Ludlow speaks on flexible working at successful Acas conference

    3PB's Head of Employment and Discrimination Law Team, Craig Ludlow, pictured here, joined Acas and other guest speakers at the Acas conference to discuss key legal considerations for flexible work requests. A recent Acas survey found that half of employers in Great Britain expected an increase in demand for flexible forms of working from employees, including hybrid options. However, there is growing evidence to suggest that there remains a significant mismatch between employees' preferences towards...

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    Pupil Success  - Oliver Hirsch obtains suspended sentence in serious knife case

    3PB barrister Oliver Hirsch (pictured here), a second six pupil coming to the end of his first month on his feet, has obtained a suspended sentence for a client charged with extremely serious allegations involving a bladed article. Our client, who suffered from several mental health issues, pleaded guilty and due the severity of the charges was facing a starting point of 18 months in custody, even though this was his first offence. Oliver was...

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  • Our May 2022 employment law newsletter is out now!

      Welcome to May's Employment Law newsletter Spring is here: whilst April saw unseasonably dry conditions in a meteorological sense, there has been a metaphorical flood of interest and debate taking place as to what the future may, and should, hold in terms of remote and flexible working as we appear to embark upon what may be regarded as a post-pandemic era. News items in this edition cover:  - The CIPD Survey on attitudes to home...

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    Victoria Jones talks about 'own name', 'intervening rights', and 'non-use' defences

    Specialist Intellectual Property barrister Victoria Jones has given a talk for White Paper Conferences called "How potent are the "own name," "intervening rights", and "non-use" defences for alleged infringers, supported by case law and practical examples?” The talk is available to buy up until 1 September and carries five CPD points. A discount is available for 3PB clients and contacts via this link. Please find a clip from the talk here:    

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    Max Schofield appears before a Grand Chamber in the Court of Justice of the European Union

    Max Schofield (pictured here) appeared for the taxpayer, Fenix International Ltd, in a preliminary reference from the First-Tier Tax Tribunal to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The case (C-695/20) was heard before a panel of 15 Judges, including the President and Vice-President of the Court, in Luxembourg on 3 May 2022. The subject of the appeal is the validity of a Council Implementing Regulation which imposes, by way of Article 9a, a...

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  • First week of Gaia Pope inquest concludes 

    Gaia Pope went missing on 7th November 2017. Following Gaia being reported missing, searches were undertaken by Dorset Police, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, National Police Air Service, Dorset Search and Rescue and other volunteers. Gaia was found deceased on 18th November. This week the Senior Coroner for Dorset swore in a jury for this Article 2 inquest that is anticipated to last 11 weeks. This inquest will examine numerous issues including Gaia’s medical history including mental...

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    Victoria Jones successfully defends ‘Funtime Freddy’ and ‘Funtime Foxy’ in the IPEC 

    On Wednesday 27 April 2022, judgment was handed down by Deputy High Court Judge Amanda Michaels, in the case of Luen Fat Metal and Plastic Manufactory Co Ltd v Funko UK, Ltd [2022] EWHC 951 (IPEC), in which the Claimant had brought claims against the Defendant for infringement of its ‘Funtime’ trade mark as a result of the Defendant’s use of the names ‘Funtime Freddy’ and ‘Funtime Foxy’ on its products. After narrowing the specification...

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  • Nick Kaplan wins for Bexheat in TCC   

    3PB's construction and engineering barrister Nick Kaplan, pictured here and instructed on a direct access basis through Harris Consulting International, acted for Kent-based plumbers Bexheat in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in the case of Bexheat Ltd v Essex Services Group Ltd 2022 WL 01158724 (2022), with judgement handed down by Mrs Justice O’Farrell DBE. The case was brought by Nick's client Bexheat ("BHL") for summary...

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