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The Property Boundaries (Resolution of Dispute) Bill 2016

The Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill (“the Bill”) has entered the committee stage of examination and debate in the House of Lords. The Bill can be found here.

The Bill includes proposals aimed at providing an alternative to the Court and Tribunal determination of boundary disputes and rights of way by introducing the expert...

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If trustees or executors intend to take or defend Court proceedings in relation to the exercise of their powers and duties, they are strongly advised to make a Beddoe application (Re Beddoe [1893] 1Ch 547), which entails asking the Court to approve in advance the costs that the trustees or executors intend to incur on behalf of the trust fund in litigation.


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The law normally exists to give certainty about the effect of a person's intentions. Nowhere is that more important than in the realm of wills and properties, where wills are construed in accordance with the intention of the deceased. Sometimes that intention is the subject of dispute, in which case a Judge will have to divine what that intention truly was...

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Fraud allegations on appeals from county court – Mavris v Xylia

The Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos has given an important judgment dealing with how the High Court should deal with appeals from the County Court that are based on the ground of fraud.

 In Mavris v Xylia (1//11/17) it was common ground that two tenancy agreements had been made but there was a dispute as to the which documents were the genuine...

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Simon Readhead QC to speak at Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2017 on 4th November.

1 Chancery Lane's new Head of Chambers, Simon Readhead QC, will be representing The Inns of Court College of Advocacy on a panel at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2017 on 4th November. 

Addressing the topic 'The Handling of Expert Witnesses: New thinking and new guidelines' Mr Readhead will be joined by Andrew Hochhauser QC, of Essex Court Chambers.


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1 Chancery Lane is delighted to announce Simon Readhead QC as the new Head of Chambers.

Simon Readhead QC follows John Ross QC, who held the role for more than ten years. On taking up the role, on Monday 9th October 2017, Simon said:

“Over the past ten years my predecessor, John Ross Q.C., has led 1 Chancery Lane to its current position as a pre-eminent set with specialist expertise across core areas of complex personal injury, public authority...

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1 Chancery Lane recognised for excellence in the Legal 500 2017

1 Chancery Lane has, once again, been recognised in the Legal 500 as one of the leading UK sets across core areas of Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Police Law and Travel Law.

The set is described as: ‘a very impressive range of counsel’ across the civil common law spectrum. In particular, chambers is recommended for...

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Tenancy Announcement: Maurice Rifat

We are delighted to announce Maurice Rifat (called in 1990) has joined Chambers. Maurice is an experienced practitioner in civil litigation with particular expertise in property law, trusts, wills & probate, construction, commercial and employment law.

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