Highway Code to promote ‘Dutch reach’ to protect cyclists – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2018 in accidents, bicycles, news, road traffic by sally

‘Measures to protect cyclists are to be introduced in the Highway Code, including a new recommendation on how to get out of a vehicle without “dooring” a passing rider.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2018

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​Allen v Brethertons LLP (2018)- You’ve got to send a bill of costs to your client, even in fixed costs cases – Zenith PI

Posted October 15th, 2018 in accidents, costs, damages, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘This is a recent decision of the Senior Courts Costs Office which deals with the need for solicitors to provide their clients with a bill of costs, even in fixed costs case where the solicitors were instructed on the basis of a CFA and where costs were recovered from the other side.’

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Zenith PI, 9th October 2018

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Jail for PI lawyer who lied in witness statements – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor described by a High Court judge as a “thoroughly dishonest man” has been jailed and a medical expert who produced an “astonishing” 32 reports a day handed a suspended prison sentence for civil contempt of court.’

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Legal Futures, 10th October 2018

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Gauke to exempt vulnerable road users from whiplash reforms – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2018 in accidents, compensation, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by tracey

‘Vulnerable road users (VRUs), such as pedestrians and cyclists, will be completely exempt from the government’s whiplash reforms, the Lord Chancellor announced yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 5th September 2018

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Hospital neglected woman who killed herself, inquest finds – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2018 in accidents, health & safety, hospitals, inquests, mental health, news by sally

‘A hospital neglected a vulnerable woman who accidentally killed herself in a part of the building bosses had been warned could be used for hanging, an inquest has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2018

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Rashan Charles: Family brand inquest a ‘farce’ after jury finds death was accidental – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2018 in accidents, death in custody, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘The family of a young man who died while being restrained by police have branded the inquest a “farce”. Rashan Charles, 20, died in July last year after being chased into a shop in Hackney, east London, where CCTV showed an officer from the Metropolitan Police struggling with him on the floor. The jury found his death was an accident following justified use of force.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2018

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Uber to give drivers and couriers sickness and maternity cover – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2018 in accidents, insurance, maternity leave, news, self-employment, sick leave by tracey

‘Uber is to provide additional protection for its drivers and couriers across Europe, including 70,000 in the UK, with limited insurance against sickness and injury as well as small maternity and paternity payments.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2018

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Government gives no quarter in defence of whiplash reforms despite pressure from peers – Legal Futures

Posted May 14th, 2018 in accidents, bills, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘The government stood firm on its proposed whiplash reforms yesterday despite criticism from peers, on the first day of the Civil Liability Bill’s committee stage in the House of Lords.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2018

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The fruits of iniquity: RTA Protocol fixed costs and the solicitor’s lien – Zenith PI

Posted April 30th, 2018 in accidents, costs, news, personal injuries, road traffic, solicitors by tracey

‘On 18th April 2018 the Supreme Court gave judgment in Gavin Edmondson Solicitors Ltd v Haven Insurance Company Ltd. The case represents an important victory for Claimant solicitors, who would be well advised to review their files for previous cases falling within its ambit.’

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Zenith PI, 27th April 2018

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Woman divorcing husband when he died claims £675k damages because ‘I still loved him’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 25th, 2018 in accidents, damages, divorce, news, road traffic by sally

‘A woman who was divorcing her husband when he died is trying to claim over £675,000 in damages because she claims she still loved him, the High Court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2018

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Uncertainty Around The Proposed Personal Injury Reforms Continues… – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 16th, 2018 in accidents, bills, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘Personal injury lawyers have been aware of the government’s plans to reform how personal injury claims are dealt with for some time. Originally, the new proposals were to come into force in October 2018. However, as a result of the General Election in 2017, the Prisons and Courts Bill did not progress.’

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Zenith Chambers, 6th March 2018

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Officials confirm April 2019 for RTA claim reforms – Law Society Gazette

Posted February 14th, 2018 in accidents, news, personal injuries, road traffic by michael

“Ministry of Justice officials have confirmed to personal injury lawyers that key reforms affecting the sector will be implemented next year.”

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Law Society Gazette, 12th November 2018

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Lorry driver who killed father-of-two in crash when he had a coughing fit at the wheel escapes prosecution – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 25th, 2018 in accidents, news, prosecutions, road traffic by tracey

‘A lorry driver who killed a father-of-two when he had a coughing fit at the wheel has escaped prosecution.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2018

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Coroner’s concern over ‘fixie’ bikes after Italian aristocrat killed falling under truck on cycle without brakes – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 18th, 2018 in accidents, bicycles, health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘A coroner has raised concerns about fixed-gear bikes with no front brakes, as she heard how an Italian aristocrat died after falling under the wheels of a truck.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2018

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Regional costs judge applies fixed costs to RTA claim that settled for £350k – Litigation Futures

Posted December 14th, 2017 in accidents, civil procedure rules, costs, news, road traffic by sally

‘A road traffic claim that settled pre-issue for £350,000 was subject to fixed recoverable costs (FRC) because it began in the portal, even though it was later removed because of its value, a regional costs judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th December 2017

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Inadequate inquest following a police chase quashed after almost 20 years – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 13th, 2017 in accidents, inquests, news, police, road traffic by sally

‘On 5th December 2017, the Divisional Court gave judgment in Power v HM Senior Coroner for Inner London [2017] EWHC 3117 (Admin), directing that an inquest held in 1998 into a road traffic accident following a police chase had been insufficient and a fresh inquest needed to be held.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th December 2017

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Lord Sumption at the Personal Injuries Bar Association Annual Lecture, London – Supreme Court

Posted November 17th, 2017 in accidents, compensation, damages, insurance, lectures, negligence, personal injuries by tracey

‘Abolishing Personal Injuries Law – A project’

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Supreme Court, 16th November 2017

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British soldier shot comrade dead ‘after mistaking him for target’ during training exercise, inquiry finds – The Independent

Posted November 17th, 2017 in accidents, armed forces, inquiries, news by tracey

‘A young soldier was shot dead by a comrade who mistook him for a target during a flawed training exercise, an inquiry has found.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2017

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Recycling company apologises after trial over shredder death – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2017 in accidents, costs, fines, health & safety, news, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A recycling company has apologised after an agency worker was dragged into an industrial waste shredder and killed.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2017

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Lidington confirms rise in small claims limit for personal injury cases – Legal Futures

Posted October 26th, 2017 in accidents, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘The small claims limit for RTA cases will rise to £5,000 – as they are not cases where people should usually need a lawyer – and the limit for other personal injury cases to £2,000, the justice secretary, David Lidington, confirmed today. But he could not say when.’

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Legal Futures, 25th October 2017

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