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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Review of Court & Bowled

Cricket web has reviewed my book Court & Bowled here.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Wisden 2015 book review of Court & Bowled: tales of cricket and the law

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Stone & Rolls v Moore Stephens [2009] 1 AC 1391 - 'not to be looked at again'

In my book Cases, Causes & Controversies: fifty tales from the law I was critical of some of the undecided issues in the case of Stone & Rolls v Moore Stephens [2009] 1 AC 1391. I warned that the confusion in the judgment might lead to another case going all the way to the Supreme Court, with a lot of costs incurred as a result.  That has now happened, with the Supreme Court recently giving judgment in Jetivia v Bilta [2015] UKSC 23 (read judgment). There was a particular irony in them having to reconsider the case since the leading counsel for the auditors in Stone & Rolls was Jonathan Sumption QC, now Lord Sumption and a judge of the Supreme Court.  One of the dissenting judges in Stone & Rolls was Lord Mance, who was known to have opposed Sumption's appointment to the Supreme Court.  

I would refer readers to a good summary on the UK Human Rights Blog here and to the press summary issued by the Court itself here. In the meantime, I would simply record what Lord Neuberger said at para 30 of the judgment about the Stone & Rolls case: 

"Subject to these points, the time has come in my view for us to hold that the decision in Stone & Rolls should, as Lord Denning MR graphically put it in relation to another case in In re King [1963] Ch 459, 483, be "put on one side and marked 'not to be looked at again'". Without disrespect to the thinking and research that went into the reasoning of the five Law Lords in that case, and although persuasive points and observations may be found from each of the individual opinions, it is not in the interests of the future clarity of the law for it to be treated as authoritative or of assistance save as already indicated."

So it may be that Lords Mance and Sumption can put aside at least some of their differences ...