Anger as River Teifi pollution plant avoids prosecution – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in accidents, animals, environmental protection, fines, news, pollution, prosecutions, Wales, water by sally

‘Anglers are “appalled and dismayed” at the decision not to prosecute a company that polluted a river, killing about 18,000 fish.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2019

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Budgeting “not inevitable” in catastrophic injury cases – Litigation Futures

‘Costs budgeting is not “inevitable” in high-value injury cases and lawyers should consider whether the best approach may be to dispense with it altogether, a leading practitioner has suggested.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th August 2019

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Airspace in a crowded sky – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 28th, 2019 in accidents, aircraft, airports, health & safety, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Lasham Gliding Society Ltd, R (on the application of) v. the Civil Aviation Authority and TAG Farnborough Airport Limited. The Claimant, the Lasham Gliding Society, challenged a decision by the Civil Aviation Authority, the statutory regulator of UK airspace, to permit the introduction of air traffic controls in airspace around Farnborough Airport, which is presently largely uncontrolled. Lasham Gliding Society (“LGS”) is one of the largest gliding clubs in the world. Its concern was that one of the effects of the CAA’s decision would be to increase the risk of a mid-air collision between its gliders and those aircraft which divert away from any newly controlled airspace around Farnborough Airport into the adjacent uncontrolled zone over Lasham where its gliders fly.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th August 2019

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Court clears man over video of Grenfell Tower model being burned – The Guardian

Posted August 23rd, 2019 in accidents, disclosure, fire, news, video recordings by sally

‘A man has been cleared of a criminal offence over a video that showed a model of a building marked “Grenfell Tower” being burned, while a group of friends laughed and joked.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2019

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Legal charities urge government to delay whiplash reforms – Legal Futures

‘Four leading legal charities have urged the government to delay next year’s whiplash reforms over fears that litigants in person and the organisations supporting them will be overwhelmed by the new regime.’

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Legal Futures, 13th August 2019

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MPs call for tougher penalties on drivers using mobile phones – The Guardian

‘Tougher restrictions on drivers using mobile phones, including extending the ban to hands-free devices, should be considered, MPs have said. The transport select committee said using any type of mobile phone while driving had potentially catastrophic consequences. The MPs called for more severe penalties “commensurate with the risks”, as road deaths linked to phone use have risen steadily over the past decade.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2019

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Assistant chief constable smashed into oncoming car because she was trying to make hands free call to MP husband, court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘A senior police officer who smashed into an oncoming car while trying to make a hands-free phone call to her MP husband escaped a driving ban today.

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Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2019

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Govia Thameslink fined £1m over Gatwick Express window death – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2019 in accidents, corporate manslaughter, fines, health & safety, news, railways by tracey

‘A rail firm has been fined £1m after a man died leaning out of a train window. Simon Brown, 24, was killed when he hit his head on a steel gantry on the side of the track while on the Gatwick Express in London in August 2016. In May, Govia Thameslink Railway admitted a health and safety breach because a sign saying not to lean out was not displayed clearly enough.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2019

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Birmingham drowned soldier family settle MoD claim for £500k – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2019 in accidents, armed forces, compensation, inquests, news by tracey

‘The family of a soldier who died during a British Army-led kayak training exercise have settled a claim against the Ministry of Defence for £535,000.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2019

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Death of zoo keeper mauled by tiger ruled accidental – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2019 in accidents, animals, inquests, news by sally

‘The death of a keeper mauled by a tiger at a zoo in Cambridgeshire was an accident, an inquest has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2019

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Revealed: Children to be exempt from whiplash portal – for now – Legal Futures

‘Children and protected parties are to be exempt from the increase in the small claims limit and the new whiplash portal – at least for now – Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 8th July 2019

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Property damage “will be covered” by whiplash regime – Legal Futures

‘The whiplash portal for litigants in person will cover claims for property damage, in addition to personal injury and uninsured losses, the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) has confirmed.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd July 2019

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Coventry man jailed for 18 years over gun ‘messing’ death – BBC News

Posted June 28th, 2019 in accidents, firearms, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who had been “messing about” with a gun when he accidentally killed his best friend has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2019

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Anger with MoJ over whiplash reforms begins to boil over – Legal Futures

‘Both the claimant and defendant representatives have expressed frustration with the progress of the government’s whiplash reforms, and doubted it will be ready for April 2020 as planned.’

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Legal Futures, 26th June 2019

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Speedboat crash: Jack Shepherd loses appeal against conviction – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2019 in accidents, appeals, homicide, negligence, news, sentencing, wounding by tracey

‘Jack Shepherd has lost a court of appeal challenge against his conviction for the manslaughter of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2019

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Boy died in car crash after mother ‘lost control when spider fell on her hand’ – The Independent

‘An 11-year-old boy died in a head-on crash after his mother veered on to the wrong side of the road when a spider fell on her hand, an inquest has heard.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2019

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Insurers agree to be bound by ADR in new whiplash system – Legal Futures

‘Defendant insurers have agreed to be bound by the outcome of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process being built into the new whiplash system, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 13th June 2019

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Woman killed by electric door at underground car park – The Independent

Posted June 12th, 2019 in accidents, corporate manslaughter, fines, health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘An electrical company has been fined £25,000 after a woman was pulled into the shutter door machinery and crushed to death.’

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The Independent, 11th June 2019

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Grenfell survivors and relatives open US legal battle – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2019 in accidents, damages, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, standards by sally

‘More than 100 Grenfell survivors and relatives are taking legal action in the US against three firms they blame for the fire, the BBC has been told.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2019

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MIB has to pay out for injury suffered on private land, says CA – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) has to pay compensation to a man injured by an uninsured vehicle, even though it was on private land.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th June 2019

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