Holiday Claims And COVID-19: What Options Do You Have If Your Travel Plans Are Disrupted? – 3PB

Posted May 12th, 2020 in airlines, chambers articles, coronavirus, holidays, insurance, news by sally

‘On 23rd March 2020 the UK government went into lockdown in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised British people against all non-essential travel abroad due to unprecedented border closures. In relation to cancelled travel plans, the FCO further advised travellers to get in touch with their airline, travel company, or other transport and accommodation provider, or their insurer. However, recent reports in the media suggest that some holidaymakers who have requested refunds have instead been offered credit notes, or deferred bookings. Many are, of course, concerned that deferred bookings might not suit them due to inability to travel at a later stage, or where credit notes have been offered, that these might not be viable if the companies go bankrupt. Some have also turned to their banks; in a number of cases, without success.’

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3PB, 4th May 2020

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Aviation during Covid-19: Defending passenger claims – The 36 Group

Posted April 17th, 2020 in airlines, chambers articles, consumer protection, coronavirus, news by sally

‘The aviation sector is in unchartered territory. Passenger air travel across the globe has virtually come to a halt, with no immediate end in sight. The plethora of issues facing airlines include rights and obligations arising out of aircraft leasing, accepting state aid to stay afloat and the prospect of passenger claims arising out of the cancellation of flights. In this article, we consider the legal implications of cancelling flights pursuant to Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004 [“the Regulation”].’

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The 36 Group, 7th April 2020

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Tribunal rejects SRA deal with flight delay solicitor – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has taken the unusual step of rejecting an agreement between the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and a solicitor who broke the rules through his involvement with flight delay compensation claims.’

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Legal Futures, 7th April 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Can the aviation industry reach a net of zero carbon emissions by 2050? – 4 KBW

Posted February 11th, 2020 in airlines, airports, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The aviation industry is currently responsible for around 2% of carbon emissions globally each year, and this is forecast to triple by 20502. With this projected rate in mind, members of the Sustainable Aviation coalition, which includes most major airlines and airports, as well as aerospace manufacturers, are planning to sign a commitment to reach zero net carbon emissions by 2050, with a third of the reduction being achieved through carbon offsetting.’

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4 KBW, 7th February 2020

Source: www.4kbw.net

Court of Appeal adopts dominant purpose test – Henderson Chambers

‘Copying in your lawyer or having them at a meeting, does not necessarily mean that legal advice privilege will apply – in a law-changing judgment, the Court of Appeal has adopted the dominant purpose test in relation to Legal Advice Privilege.’

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Henderson Chambers, 30th January 2020

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Appeal court confirms ‘dominant purpose’ test for legal advice privilege – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) could not claim legal advice privilege over email correspondence which was predominantly conducted for the purposes of seeking commercial views, rather than legal advice, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th February 2020

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Legal advice must be “dominant purpose” for privilege to apply – Legal Futures

‘Legal advice privilege (LAP) only applies where documents were created with the “dominant purpose” of seeking or providing legal advice, appeal judges have ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 29th January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Supreme Court to review equitable lien ruling – Litigation Futures

Posted December 6th, 2019 in airlines, compensation, delay, equity, fees, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court is to review a controversial ruling that a law firm handling uncontested flight delay claims was not conducting litigation and so did not have an equitable lien over the compensation.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th December 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Partners made “secret profit” from flight delay ATE insurance – Litigation Futures

Posted November 20th, 2019 in airlines, delay, disciplinary procedures, insurance, news, secret profits, solicitors by sally

‘Two law firm partners who made a “secret profit” by opting thousands of flight delay clients into an after-the-event (ATE) insurance policy have been fined a total of £55,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Litigation Futures, 20th November 2019

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Lawyers accuse BA of ‘swerving responsibility’ for data breach after time limit is imposed for compensation claims – Daily Telegraph

‘British Airways has been accused of “swerving responsibility” for a massive data breach by trying to limit compensation payouts for victims, lawyers claim.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2019

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EasyJet accused of ignoring rules for ‘failing to book passengers on other airlines after cancelled flights’ – The Independent

Posted August 12th, 2019 in airlines, consumer protection, news by tracey

‘Britain’s biggest budget airline, easyJet, is refusing to comply with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules on cancelled flights by failing to book seats on rival carriers where necessary.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2019

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British Airways issued with notice of intention to fine £183m for passenger data breach. – 4 KBW

Posted August 1st, 2019 in airlines, data protection, fines, news, notification by sally

‘British Airways (‘BA’) are facing a historic fine of £183m following a major data breach reported by the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) on 6th September 2018 in which hackers successfully stole customers’ personal data consisting of passenger login details, card details, addresses and travel booking information. The ICO had previously reported that the personal data of around 500,000 passengers was stolen from BA’s website and the mobile app in a different data breach which purportedly started in June 2018.’

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4 KBW, 11th July 2019

Source: www.4kbw.net

Holiday chaos looms as attempts by BA to block pilot strikes fail – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2019 in airlines, appeals, holidays, industrial action, news, remuneration, trade unions by tracey

‘Strikes by British Airways pilots could disrupt hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers from August after the airline lost a second legal attempt to block industrial action.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2019

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BA loses legal action against pilot strikes – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2019 in airlines, airports, hospitals, industrial action, news, remuneration, trade unions by sally

‘British Airways has lost its legal attempt to block planned strikes by pilots, which could take place next month and disrupt the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of passengers.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2019

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BA faces record £183m fine over data breach – The Guardian

‘British Airways is set to be fined more than £183m by the Information Commissioner’s Office over a customer data breach, the company said.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Solicitors Can Recover VAT On Medical Reporting Organisation Fee: British Airways PLC v Prosser – Zenith PI Blog

‘Personal Injury analysis: Frances Lawley, barrister at Zenith Chambers, explores the decision in British Airways Plc v Prosser, which found that a solicitor can recover VAT on a medical reporting organisation fee.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 9th May 2019

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Alcoholic pilot spared jail after turning up for flight following ‘rum nightcap’ – The Independent

‘A pilot who turned up for a flight to the US while still over the limit after a “rum nightcap” has been spared jail.’

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The Independent, 8th may 2019

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Flight attendant turned up for work more than four times over alcohol limit – The Independent

Posted May 8th, 2019 in airlines, alcohol abuse, disciplinary procedures, fines, news by tracey

‘A flight attendant has been fined after reporting for duty while more than four times over the alcohol limit.’

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The Independent, 7th May 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Fraudsters ‘stole £7m’ from holidaymakers in 2018 – BBC News

Posted May 7th, 2019 in airlines, fraud, holidays, news by tracey

‘More than 5,000 people were the victims of holiday booking fraud last year, with their total losses amounting to £7m, research suggests.’

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BBC News. 7th May 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ryanair flight rant man David Mesher ‘faces no charges’ – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2019 in airlines, jurisdiction, news, prosecutions, racism by tracey

‘A Ryanair passenger who was filmed launching a tirade at an elderly woman on a flight has not had any charges filed against him.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk