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Question: ‘Sometimes I worry that I’m not doing any good for society, just doing a job like I’m doing. But…, you know, it is only a job at the end of the day’ - Drawing on knowledge and experience you have acquired on LSP2 and elsewhere, discuss this statement in the light of your understanding of lawyers’ ethics and ‘professionalism’.

Answer: The view submitted in the title is a worrying one. If one takes this view at face value, namely in regard to...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Legal Practice Course
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: Graduate
  • Mark: 69%
  • Words: 1578
  • Date submitted: February 10, 2009
  • Date written: April, 2005
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 735

Question: ADVOCACY - PLEA IN MITIGATION - MRS MARY SMITH (Oral assessment)

Answer: May it please you sir; I would like now to address you in mitigation on behalf of Mrs Smith. Sir, the defendant...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Legal Practice Course
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: Graduate
  • Mark: 69%
  • Words: 537
  • Date submitted: January 28, 2009
  • Date written: March, 2003
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 417

Question: Skills III – Client Interviewing, Video Critique.

Answer: Before the interview proper begins, it is important that the client is welcomed and made to feel comfortable. In this instance, the...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Legal Practice Course
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: Graduate
  • Mark: 69%
  • Words: 3050
  • Date submitted: January 28, 2009
  • Date written: May, 1999
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 400

Question: ADVOCACY - BAIL APPLICATION (Oral assessment)

Answer: May it please you Sir; My name is XXXX XXXXX and I appear on behalf of Mr ADAMS. I would like now...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Legal Practice Course
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: Graduate
  • Mark: 68%
  • Words: 799
  • Date submitted: January 28, 2009
  • Date written: February, 2002
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 416

Question: LEGAL SKILLS CASE ANALYSIS TEST

Interfoto Picture Library v Stiletto Visual Programmes (Nov 1987)

10 marks will be awarded for correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.

1. What is the date of the judgment? (2 marks)

2. Who was the trial judge and what was his decision? (2 marks)

3. Where was the case heard at first instance? (2 marks)

4. Who were counsel and solicitors in the Court of Appeal? (2 marks)

5. What remedies were Interfoto Picture Library Ltd seeking in the Court of Appeal? (2 marks)

6. Which cases were applied by the Court of Appeal? (2 marks)

7. In what court was McCutcheon v David MacBrayne Ltd [1964] 1 All ER 430 heard?(1 mark)

8. What are the material facts of Interfoto Picture Library v Stiletto Visual Programmes? (6 marks)

9. Why did Dillon LJ not consider if Condition 2 was a penalty? (2 marks)

10. What does Dillon LJ suggest would have been the effect of Condition 2 if it had been a penalty? (2 marks)

11. What were the two arguments made by the defendant? (6 marks)

12. How does the basis for the decision in Parker v South Eastern Rly Co (1877) 2CPD 416 differ from that in Thornton v Shoe Lane Parking Ltd [1956] 1 All ER 686? (2 marks)

13. (a) How did counsel for the plaintiff distinguish Thornton v Shoe Lane Parking Ltd [1956] 1 All ER 686? (2 marks)

(b) Was this distinction was accepted by Dillon LJ and explain his reasoning on the issue. (2 marks)

14. (a) What principle does Bingham LJ say is not an overriding principle of English law? (1 mark)

(b) How has English law dealt with this principle? Give examples. (4 marks)

15. (a) Who were the three judges in Parker v South Eastern Rly Co (1877) 2 CPD 416? (1 mark)

(b) What did they each decide? (3 marks)

16. Did Bingham LJ believe that there was a simple contractual analysis to the problem he was considering? (2 marks)

17. What other authorities does Bingham LJ cite? (4 marks)

18. Explain whether each of the following statements is part of the ratio of Interfoto Picture Library Ltd v Stiletto Visual Programmes Ltd [1988] 1 All ER 348. If you think a statement is part of the ratio, explain why. If you think a statement is not part of the ratio, explain why. (15 marks)

(i) The more onerous the term the more steps a party has to take to bring that term to the attention of the other party.
(ii) Equity will strike down unconscionable bargains.
(iii) Condition 2 was an unreasonable and extortionate clause.
(iv) The Plaintiffs had not brought Condition 2 to the attention of the defendants.
(v) Penalty clauses are void and unenforceable.

19. Bob hired a van from Jack’s Van Hire to transport his furniture when he moved house. Bob went to Jack’s office to hire the van. Before Bob took the van, Jack asked Bob to sign the last page of the hire contract. As he was in a hurry, Bob signed this quickly, without reading it.

The hire contract contained the following term:

Condition 54: If the customer drives the vehicle over 50 mph at any time during the rental period, Jack’s Van Hire will charge the customer £1,000. This is for the wear and tear caused to the vehicle by driving it in excess of 50mph.

Bob was caught by the police driving the van at 65mph in a 50mph zone. When Jack’s Van Hire found out about this, it took £1,000 from Bob’s credit card for driving the van over 50 mph contrary to Condition 54 of the hire contract. Using ONLY the decision in Interfoto Picture Library Ltd v Stiletto advise Bob on what grounds he can argue against the charge made by Jack’s Van Hire. (25 marks)

Answer: The date of judgment is 12 November 1987. The trial judge was Judge Pearce and he gave judgment for the plaintiffs for...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Legal Practice Course
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 60%
  • Words: 1220
  • Date submitted: November 27, 2013
  • Date written: January, 2012
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 5240

Question: Task 1 Effective client interviews.
This presentation will provide you with an overview of the skills that are necessary to deliver an effective client interview. Effective, client focused interviews will produce results and strengthen our organisation.

Task 2 Eight sources of research that would provide me with an eclectic mix of research relating to the impact of the Education and Skills Act 2008.

Task 3 Job application.

Foundation in legal skills portfolio April 2015 1st year LLB (Hons) ARU Confirmed assessment result-
72%

Answer: Task 2 1) A Adonis Education, Education, Education: Reforming England’s Schools Biteback Publishing London 2012 Andrew Adonis was heavily involved in the...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Legal Practice Course
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 2670
  • Date submitted: May 02, 2016
  • Date written: October, 2015
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 7338

Question: Why is the practicing of ethical values by undergraduates important?

Answer: On many occasions, students are asked to report on the progress of their projects and on successes. As simple as this expectation...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Legal Practice Course
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 545
  • Date submitted: October 24, 2014
  • Date written: September, 2014
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 6182

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