‘In Knauer (Widower and Administrator of the Estate of Sally Ann Knaur) v Ministry of Justice  UKSC 9, the Supreme Court has held that the correct date as at which to assess the multiplier when fixing damages for future loss in claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 should be the date of trial and not the date of death. In doing so it refused to follow two decisions of the House of Lords (Cookson v Knowles  AC 556 and Graham v Dodds  1 WLR 808) pursuant to which the relevant date had been the date of death.’
Henderson Chambers, February 2016
‘The draft Investigatory Powers Bill 2015 currently working its way through the parliamentary process is wide-ranging and includes an extension of the powers of the security services in response to surveillance disclosures by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. It also moves to strengthen the security services warranted powers for the bulk interception of the content of communications. It has been called a “snoopers charter”.’
Date: 22nd March 2016, 6.00-8.00pm
Location: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Charge: Free, booking required
More information can be found here.
‘On 25 January 2016 the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council handed down judgment in the case of Williams v The Bermuda Hospitals Board  UKPC 4, the most recent reported decision regarding material contribution in clinical negligence cases. While not binding in domestic courts the case is highly persuasive authority.’
Hardwicke Chambers, 8th March 2016
‘The editors of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) welcome delegates to the CJICL 5th Annual Conference to be held at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law on 8-9 April 2016. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Professor Muir Watt, of Sciences Po, and Judge Spielmann, formerly President of the European Court of Human Rights. The full draft programme can be found on our website at www.http://cjicl.org.uk.
The theme for the CJICL 5th Annual Conference is “Public and Private Power”. We are interested in doctrinal, theoretical, institutional and comparative perspectives from international, European and comparative law on the regulation of public and private power.
The conference will explore how the landscape of public and private power is changing, where new and important networks and partnerships between public and private power are emerging and where public power is co-opting or commissioning private power in larger projects. This interconnectivity can be seen at all levels, challenges traditional divisions between public and private, and raises new problems for regulation. ‘
Date: 8th-9th April 2016, 9.00am-6.00pm
Location: University of Cambridge – Faculty of Law – 10 West Road Cambridge CB3 9DZ GB
Charge: £90, Day tickets are also available to delegates who are only able to attend one day of the conference.
More information can be found here.
‘It can be a common misconception that where services have been offered without charge then there will be no liability in the event that something goes wrong. This point was addressed in the recent case of Burgess and another v Lejonvarn  EWHC 40 (TCC) and serves as a warning to all professionals offering free advice.’
Hardwicke Chambers, 4th March 2016
‘Having successfully obtained judgment for your client in a case where your firm of solicitors is acting under a conditional fee agreement (CFA), it is only natural that thoughts will turn to the firm’s own impending financial reward. But the terms of a CFA, negotiated at the outset of the case, can prove to be a barrier to their underlying commercial purpose: payment by result.’
Hardwicke Chambers, 17th March 2016
‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a challenge brought by traders against a High Court ruling that the decision by former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to confirm a compulsory purchase order for Shepherd’s Bush Market was lawful.’
Local Government Lawyer, 21st March 2016
‘On 24 February 2016, in R (Holmcroft Properties Limited) -v- KPMG LLP and others, the Divisional Court dismissed Holmcroft’s judicial review challenge to the skilled person’s role in a mis-selling redress scheme. The skilled person, KPMG, had approved Barclays’ rejection of Holmcroft’s claims for consequential losses it claimed to have suffered as a result of the mis-sale. The court found that the skilled person was not amenable to judicial review and that, in any event, it had acted fairly.’
Henderson Chambers, 3rd March 2016
‘In the judgment of the EAT in Day-v-Health Education England & Ors  UKEAT/0250/15/RN it has been held that doctors in training do not possess the requisite relationship to allow them to bring a whistleblowing claim against Health Education England (their training organiser)’
Littleton Chambers, 9th March 2016
‘In January, there was yet another twist in the plot of the ever-developing law regarding delayed flights. This time it came from Her Honour Judge Melissa Clarke, sitting at Luton County Court, in the matter of Evans v Monarch Airlines.’
No. 5 Chambers, 16th March 2016
‘Is an employer vicariously liable for the errant conduct of an employee who attacks a customer? Yes, according to the Supreme Court in unanimously giving judgment for the appellant in the case of Mr A M Mohamud (in substitution for Mr A Mohamud (deceased) v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc  UKSC 11, handed down today.’
Park Square Barristers, 2nd March 2016
‘On 12 January 2016, Lord Justice Briggs published his interim report which sets out a numberof provisional recommendations for the reform of the civil courts. Briggs LJ is now in the process of having meetings with those practitioners and other interested parties most likely to be affected, the first of which took place in Sheffield on Monday 14 March 2016.’
Zenith Chambers, 16th March 2016