Advising the Vice-Chancellor: Research & Writing Skills Competition Winner 2014

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First year student Aleksandra Ganeva is this year’s winner of the Research & Writing Skills (RWS) competition. Students on the RWS module are presented with a problem scenario revolving around the construction of a new hall of residence on campus and are asked to advise the client (the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell) of the […]

School of Law is a sponsor of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition for schools

The School of Law is a sponsor of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition for schools – a national endeavour and a marvellous opportunity for teenagers to engage with the legal system. This year Professor Cooke attended a competition round held in the Reading Crown Court on 8 March and helped to judge the teams. She was impressed by the students’ performance; definitely some future advocates there!

Mark Wilde has been cited by the UK Supreme Court

Mark Wilde has been cited by the UK Supreme Court in the case of  Coventry and others (Respondents) v Lawrence and another (Appellants) [2014] UKSC 13. The cases raises several fundamental issues regarding the tort of private nuisance and is set to become a textbook standard authority. One of the issues concerned the equitable discretion to award damages in lieu of an injunction. The Court ruled that a more flexible approach to the use of the discretion should be adopted; this is something which mark argued for in his article ‘Damages in lieu of an injunction – challenging the orthodoxy of the Shelfer criteria’ (2013) and this was cited by Lord Carnwath at paras 244 and 247. A link to the judgment can be found at: http://supremecourt.uk/news/latest-judgments.html