Exploring Legal Databases and Finding Cases
Please begin by entering the library catalogue. Please try to search for one of the e-books listed on the reading list. Once you have found one of the books please open it and explore reading it. Write on the forum which book you have found and how easy you found accessing it. If you have any difficulties in accessing the library, or any of the books let us know (including contacting the library) so we can try to get it resolved. There will be no feedback on this exercise.
Activity 1: Searching for a case
Activity 2: Reading a Case
The purpose of this activity is to get you to find and read a case, trying to identify
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This is a contract case involving the owner of a popular English football team.
TO DO – After you have read the case we would like you write a very short report on this case only 300words. The report needs to include the following:
MY ATTEMPT ...
I had attempted to locate this book Hanson, S, Learning Legal Skills and Reasoning, 4th ed., Routledge 2015 via the link to the library page and by keying the title itself, ‘Learning Legal Skills and Reasoning’ in the search bar, it leads me to the subsequent pages for download. It is very user friendly…
Activity I: Search for the most recent UK Supreme Court decision and post the name and citation onto the forum
Akcil v Koza Ltd,  UKSC 40,  1 W.L.R. 4830,  7 WLUK 436
Next, please go into Lexis and find an article on construction published in the last 12 months.
Shona Frame and Nicholas Carroll (2019). Scotland in 2018, (2019) 30 1 Cons.Law 21
Activity II: After you have read the case we would like you write a very short report on this case only 300words.
The claimant is Jeffrey Ross Blue (Blue), former consultant with Sports Direct
The defendant is Michael James Wallace Ashley (Ashley), founder and major shareholders of Sports Direct.
24th January 2013, the parties with three other persons had an informal meeting at a pub, under alcoholic influences. The defendant verbally proposed to the claimant that should his company share prices increase to £8/share from the current price of £4/share, the claimant was entitled to an incentive of £15 million.
25th Feb 2014, the defendant’s company share prices increase above £8/share.
The claimant claimed that there is a verbal contract and the defendant is obliged to pay an incentive of £15 million, citing the defendant’s remittance of £1 million on 27th May 2014, as a sign of the verbal agreement.
The defendant denied any payment promised under the following premises: -
It was held in favour of the defendant:
TUTOR'S RESPONSE ...
Searching for materials seems to have gone very well.
Although the wordcount is usefully taken into account, the presentation of the short case report should be more systematic. The aim of this exercise was to test your ability to extract key information from cases.
As an organising framework, you are to identify the following:
1. Key/material/ relevant facts
2. Legal issues (points of law)
3. Ratio decidendi
4. Relevant Obiter statements (if any)
5. Outcome of the case.
I undertook a post graduate studies in law - LLM (Construction Law and Arbitration) to strengthen my qualification in the area of legal studies. This is the journey that I had undertaken with Robert Gordon University RGU Scotland that has provided a route for qualifications with CIArb and RCIS, simultaneously.