Supreme Court backs claimants in QOCS set-off ruling – Legal Futures

‘The Supreme Court has held that defendants cannot set off opposing costs orders in cases covered by qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS), in what has been hailed as a significant win for claimants.’

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Legal Futures, 6th October 2021

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BBC presenter hurt while playing role of ‘crash test dummy’ awarded £1.6m damages – The Independent

‘A television presenter has been awarded £1.6m in damages after he suffered brain and spine injuries while acting as a “crash test dummy” in a science programme. Jeremy Stansfield won a High Court battle with the BBC on Friday, with Dame Justice Amanda Yip ruling that the injuries he received in 2013 had derailed his “successful career in television” and restricted his enjoyment of life.’

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The Independent, 2nd October 2021

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Judges can rely on solicitors’ emails to assess credit hire losses – Legal Futures

Posted September 30th, 2021 in accidents, electronic mail, insurance, news, road traffic, taxis, witnesses by sally

‘Taxi drivers forced to hire new cars after road traffic accidents do not need to set out their credit charges in witness statements as emails from their solicitors will suffice, a judge has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 30th September 2021

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Harry Dunn: Parents reach resolution in civil case against suspect – BBC News

‘The parents of Harry Dunn have reached a “resolution” in a civil claim for damages with the woman alleged to have killed him, the family’s spokesman has said.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2021

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Claimant who exaggerated impact of injury not fundamentally dishonest – Legal Futures

Posted September 20th, 2021 in accidents, compensation, damages, deceit, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A judge was right to find that a claimant who exaggerated the impact of a serious injury was not fundamentally dishonest, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2021

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Chertsey: Zane Gbangbola flood death site ‘to be investigated’ – BBC News

‘Investigations at a former landfill site behind a house where a seven-year-old boy died are to take place as soon as possible, councillors have said.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2021

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Grenfell Inquiry: Government petition launched calling minister to examine discrimination role in fire – The Independent

‘A government petition has been launched calling for an inquiry into the role of institutional discrimination in the Grenfell Tower fire. The petition is calling for an “independent, expertise-led and community-centred” inquiry into whether institutional racism, classism and/or discrimination against religion contributed to the events leading to the fire.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2021

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Bradford mother jailed after ‘home alone’ son killed by car – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2021 in accidents, child neglect, guilty pleas, news, road traffic, sentencing by sally

‘A mother has been jailed after her seven-year-old son was knocked down and killed when he was left alone at his home in West Yorkshire.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2021

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Dougan v Bike Events Ltd: High Court decision on liability for a cycling sportive accident – 12 King’s Bench Walk

‘The claim was brought by Mr Dougan, an event participant, against Bike Events Ltd as the event organiser of the Manchester 100, a non-competitive charity cycling sportive on open roads.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 19th July 2021

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Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Drone use is coming. What should Insurers be Doing? – 12 King’s Bench Walk

Posted July 29th, 2021 in accidents, aircraft, chambers articles, insurance, news by sally

‘Articles that set out to consider the hidden costs of new technology often seek to catch the eye by starting with a vivid description of a recent near-miss. Nothing is as effective an antidote to entrepreneurial optimism as hard evidence of a disaster narrowly avoided.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 27th July 2021

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Walkden v Drayton Manor Park – Emma Zeb looks at the recent High Court appeal – Gatehouse Chambers

‘The Claimant’s case was that he suffered severe psychiatric and back injuries on a cable car at the Defendant’s amusement park in 2014. Liability for the accident was admitted. Quantum claimed at £1.5million was in issue.’

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Gatehouse Chambers, 27th July 2021

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Harry Dunn: US tries to prevent disclosure of alleged killer’s work record – The Guardian

‘The US government has requested that the country’s civil courts prevent the disclosure of the employment details of Harry Dunn’s alleged killer in the interests of “national security”.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2021

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Croydon tram crash deaths were accidental, inquest rules – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in accidents, bereavement, families, health & safety, inquests, news, transport, victims by sally

‘The deaths of seven passengers in the Croydon tram crash were accidental, the jury at the coroner’s inquest in south London has decided, in a verdict met with anger by families of the victims.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2021

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Vue cinema chain fined £750,000 over seat crush death – BBC News

Posted July 21st, 2021 in accidents, costs, fines, health & safety, inquests, news by sally

‘The Vue cinema chain has been fined £750,000 for safety breaches which led to the death of a man who became trapped under a chair.’

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BBC News, 20th July 2021

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Negligence action against lawyers over amputation not time-barred – Legal Futures

‘A man who received “devastating news” that his lower leg needed to be amputated seven years after settling his personal injury claim is not prevented by limitation from suing his lawyers for negligence, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 21st July 2021

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Building Safety Bill – Commons Library Research Briefing

‘Second Reading of the Building Safety Bill (Bill 132 of 2021-22) is expected to take place on Wednesday 21 July.’

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House of Commons Library, 16th July 2021

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Bus driver jailed for crashing double decker carrying 74 children into bridge – The Independent

‘A bus driver has been jailed after injuring 41 children by crashing a double-decker into a railway bridge.’

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The Independent, 10th July 2021

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Grenfell Tower fire: Borough called on to admit liability – BBC News

‘Dozens of Grenfell Tower fire survivors have called on a London borough to admit its “liability” for the blaze.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2021

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Grenfell bereaved and survivors bring multimillion pound case to high court – The Guardian

‘More than 800 bereaved and survivors from Grenfell Tower and 102 firefighters are seeking up to tens of millions of pounds in compensation from organisations involved in the disastrous refurbishment in a case that reaches the high court on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2021

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Medical agency admin fee “not recoverable” as part of fixed costs – Litigation Futures

‘Defendant solicitors have welcomed a ruling that medical agency costs are irrecoverable under the fixed-costs regime.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th June 2021

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