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Perfecting an Imperfect Gift: Examining Pennington v Waine

The case of Pennington v Waine is infamous for introducing major uncertainty as to one of equity's most fundamental maxims: 'equity will not perfect an imperfect gift'. Regrettably, subsequent attempts by the courts to divert from this precedent and simply the law have just added to the confusion.

11:00, 4th September 2018
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Cohabiting Property: Problems and Proposals for Rights of Cohabitees

With more and more couples opting to live together without first getting married, the law is having to try and adapt to this modified approach to cohabitation. It is, at present, failing - particularly where (as is common) the couple has not planned their property rights in the event of a break-up.

11:00, 7th August 2018
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The Taxman Will See You Now, Doctor: Reforming the Tax Status of NHS Locums

Reforms to IR35 - tax legislation that aims to tackle tax avoidance - caused problems for the NHS: it had to determine whether its temporary doctors and nurses (locums) should fall under its provisions. Both solutions it has tried to implement at various points are beset by serious problems.

11:00, 1st June 2018
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The Pugachev Chronicles: Revisiting the Law on Trusts

Headlines were made following the legal controversy surrounding trusts created by exiled Russian billionaire Sergei Viktorovich Pugachev. A recent judgment on these trusts from 2017 takes an in-depth look into exactly how trusts operate, and the ways in which they can be stretched to breaking point.

11:00, 11th May 2018
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Corporate Liability to Third Parties: Where We Were and Where We Are

Common law doctrines and the idea of companies having separate legal personality resulted in harsh consequences for third parties to commercial contracts. Therefore, the Companies Act 2006 represented a welcome mass overhaul of the previous unsatisfactory law.

11:00, 6th April 2018
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Ivey v Genting Casinos Pt II: The Debate on Defining Dishonesty

In the second of a two part series, Connor Griffith documents the labyrinthine case law that underpins the civil law definition of dishonesty which the Supreme Court, in its landmark judgement in Ivey v Genting Casinos, adopted into the criminal law.

12:00, 24th November 2017
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Ivey v Genting Casinos Pt I: Card Counting and Dishonest Gambling

A gambler's attempts to boost his chances of winning big at a casino seem an unlikely basis for a landmark decision. But in the first of a two part series, Connor Griffith examines how the Supreme Court's ruling in such a case could have major ramifications for the criminal law.

12:00, 21st November 2017
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Inventing Intention: Problems with Common Intention Constructive Trusts

Common Intention Constructive Trusts allow courts to assign interests in property to persons who have not complied with formality requirements. Though a useful tool for the courts to use upon the break-up of unmarried couples, the courts have - at times - contradicted key principles of property law.

11:00, 25th August 2017
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Breaking the Trust of Football Fans: The Rangers FC Tax Case

A recent Supreme Court decision confirmed the illegality of a tax avoidance scheme utilised by Rangers Football Club during the Noughties. Though this case appears, at first glance, to be confined to the realm of tax law, it also impacts on the position of the beautiful game in modern society.

11:00, 18th August 2017
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