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Supreme Court victory in Cavendish Square Holding BV v Makdessi

Published: Wednesday 4 November 2015

The Supreme Court today handed down judgment in the cases of Cavendish Square Holding BV v Makdessi and ParkingEye Limited v Beavis, in which Joanna Smith QC and James McCreath acted for the successful appellant, Cavendish.

For the first time in a century, the highest Court has considered the extent and rationale of the doctrine of penalties, and has re-cast the test for discerning whether or not a clause is penal.

The judgment can be downloaded here: https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2013-0280.html .  It was noted in the judgment that Joanna’s arguments were “expounded with considerable forensic skill”.

 

Wilberforce will be hosting a seminar about this case tomorrow, see further information and booking details