Court orders farmer, 83, to pay £30,000 over Britain’s ‘most dangerous herd of cows’ that killed one rambler in spate of attacks – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 7th, 2016 in agriculture, animals, health & safety, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘An 83-year-old farmer who kept Britain’s “most dangerous” herd of cows ignored official warnings to control them before they attacked and killed a retired professor.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th December 2016

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Council told to pay £90,000 after boy nearly drowns during swimming lesson – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in costs, fines, health & safety, local government, news by tracey

‘A local authority in Wales has been ordered to pay more than £90,000 in fines and damages after a four-year-old boy nearly drowned during a swimming lesson.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd November 2016

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ASA bans Heinz Beanz’s Can Song advert for safety concerns – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in advertising, children, complaints, health & safety, news by tracey

‘A Heinz TV advert teaching viewers how to use cans of its baked beans to drum out a song has been banned for being dangerous for children to copy.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2016

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Council fined £250k after workers suffered following vibration exposure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in costs, fines, health & safety, local government, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A district council has been fined £250,000 after a number of its workers were found to be suffering from ill-health relating to vibration exposure.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st November 2016

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Short-term Lettings and the Sharing Economy – Tanfield Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in health & safety, insurance, landlord & tenant, news, planning by sally

‘The beginning of 2016 has seen much focus on the buy to let market with the changes to the tax implications for those purchasers who already own property. The Government has announced further changes to come for buy to let landlords – might budding landlords seek to overcome these changes by exploring opportunities for shorter lets of their own homes, or alternatively, rooms in their own homes?’

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Tanfield Chambers, 6th October 2016

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Real Questions? – Zenith PI Blog

Posted November 7th, 2016 in EC law, health & safety, news, regulations by sally

‘In his preface to the latest Ninth Edition of Redgrave’s Health and Safety, just published, Jonathan Clarke asks certain questions and answers them with a non-answer “time will tell”. I do not accept that these are real questions, because it seems to me the answers are so obvious, that they hardly need to have been asked.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 3rd November 2016

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Hillsborough inquests: Families’ legal fees were £63.6m – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in costs, families, health & safety, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news, police, sport by tracey

‘Legal costs for the families at the inquests into the deaths of the 96 Hillsborough victims totalled £63.6m.’

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BBC News, 2nd November 2016

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Camber Sands deaths: coroner to investigate public safety measures – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2016 in coroners, expert witnesses, health & safety, holidays, inquests, news by tracey

‘A coroner has said he owes it to the community to investigate what public safety measures could be used at a beach where seven people died in two separate incidents in the summer.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2016

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City council ordered to pay £115k over failure to manage roadworks properly – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 25th, 2016 in complaints, costs, fines, health & safety, local government, news, roads by michael

‘Liverpool City Council has been ordered to pay £115,000 in fines and costs after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the authority had failed to ensure that the arrangements for managing roadworks were suitable.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th October 2016

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Truth and Justice – Counsel

‘Arguably the most serious miscarriage of justice of our times – lessons must be learned from the iconic Hillsborough proceedings, writes Pete Weatherby QC.’

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Counsel, November 2016

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Dressing gown loophole: Outdated laws let shops sell highly flammable robes – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 21st, 2016 in consumer protection, fire, health & safety, news by sally

‘Dressing gown owners are being warned to stay away from candles and open fires while wearing them, as a loophole in UK safety law means they can be made with highly flammable material.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th October 2016

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Star Wars firm fined £1.6m over Harrison Ford injury – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2016 in accidents, fines, health & safety, media, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A production company behind the latest Star Wars movie has been fined £1.6m ($2m) after Harrison Ford broke his leg on set.’

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BBC News, 12th October 2016

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MoD censured over soldier’s death on Lydd range – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2016 in armed forces, firearms, health & safety, inquests, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has been censured over the death of a soldier who was shot in the neck during a training exercise.
Fusilier Dean Griffiths, 21, of First Battalion the Royal Welsh, died at Lydd Range, Kent in September 2011.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2016

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How the 96 were finally given justice – Legal Voice

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in bereavement, families, health & safety, inquests, news, police, sport by sally

‘The Hillsborough inquest took two years and a million pages of evidence. Two of the lawyers involved explain that, despite the scale of the task, they were determined to put the deceased and their families at the heart of the case.’

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Legal Voice, 22nd September 2016

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New sentencing guidelines mean heavy fines for health and safety breaches, even where no harm caused, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 13th, 2016 in fines, health & safety, news, sentencing by sally

‘Security firm G4S Cash Solutions has been fined £1.8 million after one of its employees contracted legionellosis, despite the fact that environmental health officers were unable to definitively link the case with health and safety breaches discovered at the site.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th September 2016

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Lack of UK law requiring lifeguards on all beaches means ‘varied presence’ – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in accidents, health & safety, holidays, local government, news by sally

‘After a number of water-related deaths in the past week, industry groups call for more safety information for beachgoers.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2016

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Legal, contractual and ethical issues arise from increased robotics in manufacturing, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘The anticipated rise in the use of robots will force manufacturers to rethink contracts with technology suppliers to ensure risks stemming from their use can be passed on.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th August 2016

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When it comes to unsettling settlements, everybody needs good neighbours: Hayward v Zurich Insurance Co [2016] EWCA Civ 327 – Park Square Barristers

‘On 27th July 2016 the Supreme Court handed down their Judgment in the case of Hayward. The case was concerned with whether or not a Defendant, who had settled a personal injury claim despite pleading that the same was exaggerated, could later seek to set aside that settlement on the basis that new evidence of fraud arose.’

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Park Square Barristers, 12th August 2016

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An expensive mistake: defendant to discontinued action sanctioned in costs for failure to comply with the pre-action protocol – Zenith PI Blog

‘Although a first instance decision of a district judge, the case of Nicole Chapman v Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Bolton County Court, 15 June 2016, Case number B74YM281) warrants some attention. The defendant was ordered to pay the unsuccessful claimant’s fixed costs on discontinuance because of its failure to comply with the pre-action protocol.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 23rd August 2016

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Woman gets £2m over near-drowning in school swimming lesson – The Guardian

‘A woman who won a judgment against her local authority after she nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson 16 years ago has been awarded £2m in compensation.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2016

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