Claimant lawyers hit back over “cynical” part 36 offers – Litigation Futures

‘The Forum of Complex Injury Lawyers (FOCIS) has hit back after a report for the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) recommended that part 36 should be reformed, partly to discourage claimant lawyers from making “cynical” offers.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th August 2014

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UK taxpayer faces £220m bill over e-borders contract termination – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2014 in contracts, damages, government departments, news, tribunals by tracey

‘The taxpayer has been left to foot a £220m bill after a tribunal ruled that a government contract awarded to a US defence firm to deliver the e-borders programme was unlawfully terminated.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2014

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Damages for disrepair – Long leasehold properties – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2014 in compensation, damages, housing, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘A leaseholder with a leaking roof or defective shared heating system faces two questions: Who is responsible for undertaking the necessary repairs to the building and internal repairs to their property and how will it be paid for?’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 4th July 2014

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Nominal damages for ‘negligent’ yacht advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 6th, 2014 in contracts, damages, guarantees, law firms, negligence, news, sale of goods by sally

‘A leading firm has avoided paying out significant damages despite admitting negligence when it gave advice on the purchase of a £3.6m yacht.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th August 2014

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Ifejika v Ifejika – another case about design rights and contact lenses – NIPC Law

Posted August 4th, 2014 in appeals, damages, intellectual property, news by sally

‘In Ifejika v Ifejika and another [2011] EWPCC 31 (23 Nov 2011) His Honour Judge Birss QC (as he then was) ordered among other things an inquiry (or alternatively, by implication, an account) in relation to a lens care product the design rights in which he held to have been infringed by the claimant’s brother by of a competing product. The claimant elected an account of profits and this came on before HH Judge Hacon on 17 June 2014 (Ifejika v Ifejika and another [2014] EWHC 2625 (IPEC) (31 July 2014)).’

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NIPC Law, 3rd August 2014

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Solicitor was ‘employee’ and not partner, High Court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A solicitor has won a High Court battle to prove he was an employee and not a partner at a firm subject to legal action.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st August 2014

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Coventry and others (Respondents) v Lawrence and another (Appellants) – Supreme Court

Coventry and others (Respondents) v Lawrence and another (Appellants) [2014] UKSC 46 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 23rd July 2014

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HRA damages awarded in date rape cases – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 28th, 2014 in damages, human rights, news, police, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘This is an important summary of the principles applicable to HR damages, particularly in circumstances where there have been other payments already made arguably in respect of the acts in question. So it should be first port of call if you have an HR damages problem, not least because it gathers all the learning together.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th July 2014

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Joanna Michael family in Supreme Court in negligence fight – BBC News

‘The family of a mother-of-two stabbed to death will take its negligence claim against two police forces to the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 28th July 2014

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Rhys Ifans and Michael Barrymore awarded damages in phone hacking case – The Independent

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy by sally

‘Rhys Ifans and Michael Barrymore have both received undisclosed damages at the close of their phone hacking lawsuit.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2014

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Austin v Miller Argent (South Wales) Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in damages, EC law, law reports, nuisance, protective costs orders by michael

Austin v Miller Argent (South Wales) Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1012;  [2014] WLR (D)  331

‘Private nuisance actions were in principle capable of constituting procedures which fell within the scope of article 9.3 of the Aarhus Convention. There had to be a significant public interest in the action to justify conferring special costs protection on a claimant. The article 9.4 obligation which afforded procedural costs protection was no more than a factor to take into account when deciding whether to grant a protected costs order.’

WLR Daily, 21st July 2014

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Wrotham Park damages for breach of restrictive covenants and illegitimate competition? The Court says yes in One Step (Support) Ltd –v- Morris-Gardner & Anor [2014] EWHC 2213 – Employment Law Blog

‘In Wrotham Park v Parkside Homes [1974] 1 WLR 798, the Court declined to order a land-owner to destroy a property he had built on his land in breach of a covenant in favour of his neighbour. Instead, it awarded the neighbour damages in lieu of an injunction under Lord Cairns’ Act, in such sum “as might reasonably have been demanded by the [covenantee] … as the quid pro quo for relaxing the covenant” (815). The Court assessed the damages as a modest percentage of the profit anticipated (“with the benefit of foresight”) by the contract breaker. Employment lawyers have sought to exploit Wrotham Park for some time now, particularly following the seminal judgments of the House of Lords in AG v Blake [2001] 1 AC 268, where it was held that in exceptional circumstances (where conventional remedies had no value) the contract breacher could be required to account for the fruits of his breach of contract.’

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Employment Law Blog, 15th July 2014

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Judge criticises police for investigating ‘outrageous’ mother and daughter spat – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2014 in damages, estate agents, families, harassment, news, police, theft by sally

‘Nicola Low, 71, and her daughter, Caroline Baines, 40, ran an estate agent together before their relationship ended in a spectacular fall out.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2014

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Met must respond to spy allegations in undercover police case, court rules – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police cannot use its policy of “neither confirm nor deny” in response to damages claims brought by women who claim they were tricked into forming relationships with undercover officers.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2014

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Black female officer discriminated against by Met Police, tribunal finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s biggest force faces a large compensation claim as a tribunal rules Carol Howard was treated unfairly because of her sex and race.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2014

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Avoiding the clinch: judicial respect for the rules inherent to sport – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘In a recent bout in the High Court, the specificity of sporting disputes once again came to the fore. In Bruce Baker v British Boxing Board of Control [2014] EWHC 2074 (QB), 25 June 2014, Sir David Eady was faced with the old chestnut of a request for a court to interfere with a national sporting body’s decision to sanction one of its participants. One interim application later, and the BBBC was still standing.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 1st July 2014

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Man awarded just £5 damages against police after court rules detention breached his rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in appeals, costs, damages, detention, false imprisonment, news, police by sally

‘Court of Appeal said ‘aggressive and truculent’ man’s initial detention was unlawful and amounted to false imprisonment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2014

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The English law of causation and the passing-on defence – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted June 30th, 2014 in causation, competition, damages, defences, news by sally

‘One of the big questions of English competition law is whether there is such a thing as a “passing-on defence” – – i.e. whether the damages suffered by a purchaser of a cartelized product are reduced or mitigated if he “passes on” some of the overcharge to his own customers. Two follow-on damages actions were due to be heard this term, arising out of the synthetic rubber cartel and the gas insulated switchgear cartel, both of which raised the question of passing-on but both of which have now settled.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 30th June 2014

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Claimant wins case over personal injury damages and social care charging policy – Local Government Lawyer

‘A council’s charging policy for social care services has been found unlawful because it took account of capital derived from a claimant’s personal injury settlement.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th June 2014

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Section 13 DPA in the High Court: nominal damage plus four-figure distress award – Panopticon

Posted June 16th, 2014 in compensation, damages, data protection, disclosure, documents, news, time limits by sally

‘Given the paucity of case law, it is notoriously difficult to estimate likely awards of compensation under section 13 of the Data Protection Act 1998 for breaches of that Act. It is also very difficult to assess any trends in compensation awards over time.’

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Panopticon, 13th June 2014

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