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UK Supreme Court judges show little appetite for extending ‘Fairchild’ exception to other scenarios, says expert

Comments made by some of the UK’s top judges during a recent ruling appear to signal their reluctance to extend the so-called ‘Fairchild’ exception to the normal rules of causation to cover any more types of damage or injury, an expert has said. 26 May 2015

Scottish businessman's claim for compensation for damage caused by explosion was out of time, says Supreme Court

The owner of a Glasgow shop that was damaged during the fatal explosion at the ICL Plastics factory in 2004 has lost his claim for compensation in the Supreme Court, which found that he had begun his legal action after the five year period he had in which... 04 Aug 2014

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  • Limitation

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CJEU: UK in breach of EU law when it blocked 'mistake' based tax claims

The fact that another remedy was available to taxpayers when the UK blocked tax claims based on mistake of law did not allow the Government to close the more favourable route without notice, the EU's highest court has ruled.  13 Dec 2013

Court of Appeal decision on limitation periods could have adverse consequences for contracting parties, says expert

A recent court decision which changed the point at which the six years within which a contractor must begin litigation in the courts starts to run could lead to uncertainty for the successful party to an earlier adjudication, an expert has said. 12 Dec 2013