‘This was one of those rare cases where the facts just do not fit comfortably with the law.’
Hardwicke Chambers, 12th August 2015
‘In a wide-ranging decision earlier this month, the Court of Appeal has clarified a number of key questions on jurisdiction where an accident happens abroad during a holiday booked from UK. Most significantly, Arden LJ (giving the leading judgment) held that direct damage in the jurisdiction is required to come within the tort jurisdictional gateway in the CPR, effectively overruling earlier first instance decisions that indirect or consequential damage was sufficient. While this would prevent many overseas accidents from being litigated in the UK, Arden LJ did carve out an exception for Fatal Accident Act claims, which she considered involved “direct damage” in the UK. She also took the opportunity to provide her own “gloss” on the so-called “Canada Trust gloss”. Peppered throughout the judgment are some blistering but instructive observations on defective witness statements.’
Henderson Chambers, 24th July 2015
‘A Rotherham couple have fallen foul of a government crackdown on term-time holidays after they applied for permission to take their two children on a family trip and were told that their daughter’s school had approved the request but their son’s had turned it down.’
The Guardian, 22nd January 2015
‘A holidaymaker who sustained personal injuries from slipping on a wet staircase in a hotel in Spain succeeded at first instance in a claim against the holiday operator. The Court of Appeal overturned the first instance decision where there had been no evidence of local standards of care and the judge had wrongly imposed an evidential burden of proof on the holiday company to prove it exercised reasonable care and skill in performance of the contract.’
Zenith PI Blog, 13th January 2015
‘A travel company which marketed and arranged the sale of holiday accommodation to holidaymakers through its website was acting as an “agent” for the providers of that accommodation, and so did not have to account for VAT on those sales, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’
OUT-LAW.com, 5th March 2014
“The High Court was wrong to state that a Barbados hotel had to comply with the latest safety standards on an ongoing basis in order for a tour operator to escape liability for injury to a holidaymaker, the Court of Appeal has ruled.”
OUT-LAW.com, 11th November 2013
“A holidaymaker who suffered life-threatening cuts after walking into a plate glass door in her bikini has fought off a bid to strip her of her damages award, in what it has been desribed as a serious blow to the UK travel industry.”
Daily Telegraph, 7th November 2013
“Working time is a notoriously complex area, where the interplay between opaque judgments from the CJEU and the complexities of the Working Time Regulations 1998 is capable of causing uncertainty and confusion. Over the last 12 months, the most important working time cases have been on holidays. Some of those cases are likely to have significant financial impact for employers across the piece. This paper 1 attempts to navigate through them in a summary way, dealing with the three areas that are likely to be most important for employers and employees:
(i) What should ‘pay’ be for annual leave?
(ii) When can an employer insist that leave is taken?
(iii) What is the interplay between sickness absence and holiday pay/entitlement?”
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11 KBW, 1st June 2012
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