Court: Chancery Division

High Court grants permission to run unclean hands defence in Canary Wharf dispute

Canary Riverside Estate Management Ltd & Ors v Coates [2021] EWHC 1505 (Ch)

The High Court has given permission to run an unclean hands defence in a dispute about a valuable estate in Canary Wharf. The defendant was appointed as the statutory manager of the estate by the residents in the face of great opposition from the defaulting landlord. The claim, brought on behalf of the landlord, seeks […]

Buried in the wrong name

Ganoun v Joshi & Anor [2020] EWHC 2743 (Ch)

This was an unusual case originally aimed at stopping a burial. As that urgent application reached court, however, the applicant mother learned that the deceased had been suddenly buried, apparently in response to the pre-action notice. The case therefore became about whether the court should exercise its inherent jurisdiction concerning the administration of estates to […]

Since the adoption of the EU Charter the focus is on protecting data subjects, not the burden on the data controller

Dawson-Damer & Ors v Taylor Wessing LLP & Ors [2019] EWHC 1258 (Ch)

Thirty-five paper files maintained by the first defendant are a “relevant filing system” for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, s 1(1). The right to the protection of personal data was enshrined as a fundamental right in EU law by the Charter – after Durrant v FSA (with its more restrictive approach) was […]

Copyright Tribunal does not have jurisdiction to set terms of licences of foreign copyrights

BBC & Anor v Mechanical Copyright Society & Ors [2018] EWHC 2931 (Ch)

The Copyright Tribunal does not have jurisdiction under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, s 126 to set the terms of licences of foreign copyrights; but that it nevertheless has the power in some circumstances to make an order in respect of the whole of a licence which covers both UK copyrights and foreign copyrights.

Cliff Richard has won his privacy case against the BBC and will be awarded substantial damages

Richard OBE v BBC & Anor [2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch)

Cliff Richard has won his privacy case against the BBC and will be awarded substantial damages after it reported the singer was being investigated over historic child sex assault claims. South Yorkshire Police had disclosed to the BBC that Richard was under investigation for alleged sexual offences involving a minor, and of the date, time […]