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Following strong rankings in this year’s Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 rankings, we are delighted to have been mentioned as one of the ‘chambers solicitors [were] most impressed with’, for service and client care. In a major report, by Thomson Reuters, 1 Chancery Lane was one of only 13 chambers, across the UK, to receive a mention for...

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Entire Agreement Clauses

An entire agreement clause is used by the draftsman to try to ensure that what he drafts is the full extent of the obligations between the parties. The purpose of such a clause is to achieve certainty and forestall disputes about whether things were or were not said prior to exchange of contracts. This is a reasonable object and the courts are generally willing to...

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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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