Insurance surgery: A new regime – New Law Journal

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in bills, contracts, damages, disclosure, fraud, insurance, news, warranties by sally

‘The Insurance Bill may alter centuries old law on disclosure by commercial policyholders, warranties & remedies for fraud & place more emphasis on active underwriting, says James Deacon.’

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New Law Journal, 23rd October 2014

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Lady Gaga the polo pony in High Court libel battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in animals, costs, damages, defamation, news by sally

‘A polo pony called Lady Gaga was at the centre of a High Court libel battle after her ‘reputation was slurred’ on YouTube.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2014

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A very unlawful eviction – NearlyLegal

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in damages, housing, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘This High Court judgment is remarkable in many ways, most of them worrying. It was the result of a six day hearing, with Southwark putting Kelvin Rutledge QC up against Mr AA in person and ended with findings against Southwark that were as bad as they could possibly be (and just perhaps even worse than the available evidence would support).’

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NearlyLegal, 22nd October 2014

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Second bite of the cherry? Bringing a second action against different employers for development of mesothelioma: abuse of process, cause of action estoppel and discretion under s33 Limitation Act 1980 considered – Zenith PI Blog

‘Would an action against employers who were unidentifiable at the time of an initial claim against 8 other employers in 2003 succeed where it was argued that such proceedings were an abuse of process of the court, that there was cause of action estoppel and where the claim was statute barred and required an application under s 33 Limitation Act 1980?’

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Zenith PI Blog, 21st October 2014

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PI: calculating disadvantage – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 21st, 2014 in compensation, damages, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The assessment of loss for the future earning capacity of a person suffering residual disability through injury has always been unsatisfactory. The method for calculating multipliers, multiplicands and understanding the at times unfathomable awards of the head of damages known as Smith v Manchester has been cloaked in mathematical illogicality.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th October 2014

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Does Fatal Accident Legislation Treat Gay Men And Women Differently? – Zenith PI Blog

‘As currently drafted the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 could treat gay men and gay women differently. Here I look at the reason why and examine the possible solution.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 16th October 2014

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David Walliams settles phone-hacking damages claim – The Guardian

‘Actor and comedian David Walliams has settled his phone-hacking damages claim. Walliams, who is best known for the sketch show Little Britain but is also an author and a trustee of Comic Relief, accepted substantial undisclosed damages and his legal costs from News Group Newspapers, publisher of the now-defunct News of the World.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2014

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Authors’ concerns after court rules writer can’t publish sex abuse memoir – Daily Telegraph

‘Leading authors have expressed their “grave concern” at a court ruling which has prevented a writer from publishing a book dealing with the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. The author’s ex-wife has obtained a temporary injunction stopping the memoir’s release until the issue has been decided at trial. She argued that reading it would cause their 11 year-old son, who suffers from a number of disabilities, severe psychological harm.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2014

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Judge blasts Southwark Council for evicting Sudanese tenant and destroying all of his possessions – The Independent

Posted October 16th, 2014 in damages, housing, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘Housing officers conspired to unlawfully evict a Sudanese refugee from his council flat and destroy his possessions, including memory sticks holding thousands of hours of work, before then covering up their wrongdoing, a judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 16th October 2014

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Catastrophic Claims – Costs Consequences of Life After Jackson – Byrom Street Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in costs, damages, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson and many others have on numerous occasions made it abundantly clear that the primary focus of the investigation into Civil Litigation, the main conclusions in the Final Report and the reforms implemented on and after 1 April 2013 was to control legal costs. The aim of the Final Report was
“to carry out an independent review of the rules and principles governing the costs of civil litigation and to make recommendations in order to promote access to justice at proportionate costs”’

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Byrom Street Chambers, 6th October 2014

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Adjudication ordered in £1.3m dispute between council and solar energy business – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 13th, 2014 in contracts, damages, dispute resolution, energy, local government, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has ordered that a local authority’s bid to recoup £1.3m from a solar energy installation company be determined by adjudication, rather than by litigation as desired by the council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th October 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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No loss of confidence – establishing causation in confidential information claims – RPC Privacy Law

‘This case is an interesting example of a claim for breach of confidence (both in contract and in equity) where, although liability was established, only nominal damages (£1) were awarded to the Claimant.’

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RPC Privacy Law, 7th October 2014

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Ageas (UK) Ltd v Kwik-Fit (GB) Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted October 7th, 2014 in damages, law reports, shareholders, valuation, warranties by sally

Ageas (UK) Ltd v Kwik-Fit (GB) Ltd and another [2014] EWHC 2178 (QB); [2014] WLR (D) 407

‘It is was permissible to depart from the prima facie rule that damages following a breach of warranty in a share sale agreement were to be assessed at the date of breach and so to take into account events which had occurred after that date, where such departure was necessary to give effect to the overriding compensatory principle of assessment of damages.’

WLR Daily, 4th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Loss of Earnings: The “Ogden Approach” in Practice: Two Cases Examined – Zenith PI Blog

Posted October 7th, 2014 in appeals, compensation, damages, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Several years ago the notes to the Actuarial Tables set out a more “scientific” means of assessing damages for future loss of earnings. In essence this is done by using the difference between the multipliers in relation to disabled and non-disabled claimants. See the guidance at paragraph 45 of the explanatory notes. Here we look at two cases where the use of this approach has been considered. In Ward it was held not to be appropriate; in Billett it was greatly modified.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 6th October 2014

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Asbestos victims win damages ruling – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in asbestos, costs, damages, industrial injuries, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Government plans to deduct legal fees from the damages paid to people dying from asbestos exposure are unlawful, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2014

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Medical compensation ‘outstripping public finances’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in compensation, damages, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘Medical defendants have warned that public finances will not be able to cope unless clinical negligence compensation is radically reformed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd October 2014

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Essex police apologise for failing to investigate drug-related death – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 1st, 2014 in damages, drug abuse, human rights, negligence, news, police by tracey

‘A grieving family has used human rights law to force police chiefs to admit they failed to investigate the unexplained death of their son properly.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2014

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Calculating Damages for a Lost Career: Sharan Griffin v Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust – Employment Law Blog

‘Harini Iyengar comments on the latest Court of Appeal case on the calculation of damages for a lost career.’

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Employment Law Blog, 25th September 2014

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Net contribution clauses: What you need to know – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted September 25th, 2014 in construction industry, contracts, damages, limitations, news by sally

‘Most construction professionals will be familiar with net contribution clauses (NCCs) in consultants’ appointments and collateral warranties but their use should not necessarily be limited to the construction sector. They may be useful in any project where professionals from a multiplicity of disciplines are retained.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 19th September 2014

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Developments in fundamental dishonesty – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted September 24th, 2014 in bills, costs, criminal justice, damages, medical treatment, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Personal injury practitioners will be aware of the significance of a finding of fundamental dishonesty in the context of Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting (“QoCs”) following the implementation of the Jackson reforms. In addition to this those words could soon take on a new significance in the context of a defendant’s liability to a claimant and consequent costs orders in personal injury claims.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 15th September 2014

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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