15th May - Law News

1965th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based news & legal articles archive focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's video story: From Belfast to Cork to understand what effect Brexit is having on the future of the island. Could Brexit lead way to a united Ireland?

Focus of the day story: The language used, rather than the surrounding circumstances, provides the most important means of interpreting contracts, Lord Sumption has said. The Supreme Court Justice, who is due to retire next year, also bemoaned ‘the belittling of dictionaries and grammar’, while giving the annual Harris Society lecture at Keble College, Oxford, this week. Referring to historic trends of contract interpretation, Lord Sumption offered a polite critique of Lord Hoffmann’s ‘broader approach to construction’, in which the surrounding circumstances are used to modify the effect of language, as in Investors Compensation Scheme Ltd v West Bromwich Building Society [1998] 1 All ER 98. Full story: New Law Journal

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