Home office admits unlawful detention of mentally ill man – Garden Court Chambers

‘The Home Office has yet again had to concede a legal challenge to the lawfulness of prolonged immigration detention of a mentally ill and highly vulnerable man by agreeing to regularise his status and pay £100,000 in compensation in a settlement agreed by the High Court today in a test case.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 5th December 2019

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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

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Councils and housing associations “face multi-million pound refunds to tenants after water re-selling test case in High Court – Local Government Lawyer

‘Local authorities and housing associations could face having to refund millions of pounds to tenants after a council lost a test case in the High Court on water re-selling, it has been claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd December 2019

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Harvey Proctor: Former Tory MP wins £500k payout from police over Westminster child abuse probe – The Independent

‘Former MP Harvey Proctor is to receive £500,000 in compensation from Scotland Yard over its disastrous investigation into false claims of a VIP paedophile ring.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2019

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Supreme Court delivers Judgment in Thomas Arthur Watkins (Respondent) v Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors (Appellant) [2019] UKSC 54 on appeal from [2018] EWCA Civ 1299 – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has delivered another significant Judgment arising from the handling of the VWF litigation against British Coal.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 20th November 2019

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Home Office unlawfully imprisoned asylum seekers, supreme court rules – The Guardian

‘The Home Office “falsely imprisoned” many asylum seekers who are now entitled to damages for their loss of liberty at the hands of the government, five supreme court judges have ruled.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2019

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Case Comment: Edwards on behalf of the Estate of the late Thomas Arthur Watkins v Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors [2019] UKSC 54 – UKSC Blog

‘In a unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a firm of solicitors in relation to a professional negligence claim concerning alleged under-settlement of a coal miner’s personal injury claim in 2003. The Supreme Court found that, since medical evidence of the nature subsequently obtained in the context of the professional negligence claim would not have been obtained in 2003, it should not be admissible when assessing the extent of the Claimant’s loss in the professional negligence claim. In reaching its decision, and unlike the Court of Appeal, it did not give its general views on the admissibility of evidence that would not have been available at the time of the original underlying claim.’

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UKSC Blog, 26th November 2019

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Review launched into Government’s compensation scheme for families of British people murdered overseas – Daily Telegraph

‘A review is under way into the Government’s compensation scheme for families of British people murdered outside the UK and the European Union.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2019

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Universities braced for compensation claims as reveal plans to limit the impact of lecturers’ strikes – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 22nd, 2019 in compensation, industrial action, news, universities by tracey

‘Universities are braced for compensation claims as reveal their plans to limit the impact of lecturers’ strikes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2019

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Teacher sacked over gay dating app activity wins £700,000 payout – The Guardian

‘A primary school headteacher who was sacked after having sex with two 17-year-old boys he met through a gay dating app has been awarded nearly £700,000 compensation by a tribunal.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2019

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Child abuse victims should have right to sue paedophiles caught with images of them, children charities say – Daily Telegraph

‘Child abuse victims should be given new rights to sue paedophiles caught viewing or sharing indecent images of them, children charities have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2019

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Victims of bank transfer scams risk being left unprotected – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2019 in banking, codes of practice, compensation, fraud, news, victims by tracey

‘Bank transfer scam victims risk being left unprotected from January after the industry failed to agree a plan to compensate people. More than £1m a day is being lost to scams in which people are duped into authorising a payment to an account controlled by a criminal. The failure to agree a protection plan may make it more likely that the next government will step in.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2019

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Windrush victim dies without compensation or apology – The Guardian

‘Another prominent Windrush victim has died without receiving compensation or a personal apology from the government. Hubert Howard died on Tuesday, just three weeks after finally being granted British citizenship, 59 years after he arrived in London aged three.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2019

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Thomas Cook collapse leaves PI claimants unprotected – Litigation Futures

Posted November 8th, 2019 in compensation, holidays, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The government has pledged to set up a statutory compensation scheme for people making personal injury claims against failed holiday company Thomas Cook after it emerged the firm mainly self-insured them.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th November 2019

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Anna Wilkinson discusses Failing to disclose credit cards amounts to fundamental dishonesty in credit hire claim – Park Square Barristers

‘The recently decided appeal of Mansur Haider v DSM Demolition Ltd [2019] EWHC 2712 (QB), is an interesting case and will be useful to practitioners who deal with road traffic matters, both on the finding in respect of liability and the finding of fundamental dishonesty.’

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Park Square Barristers, 31st October 2019

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Lump sum damages approved after judge finds lack of earnings evidence – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 7th, 2019 in appeals, compensation, damages, employment, evidence, news, personal injuries, remuneration by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a judge’s decision to award lump sum damages on the basis of a lack of evidence about future earnings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th November 2019

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Mixed race soldier sues MoD for £100,000 amid claims colleagues put up ‘racist’ posters at army base and nicknamed him Apu, High Court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘A mixed race soldier is suing the MoD for £100,000 amid claims he was bullied after colleagues put up “racist” posters at an army base and nicknamed him Apu, the High Court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2019

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Litigation funding agreements are not DBAs, tribunal rules – Litigation Futures

‘Agreements with third-party litigation funders are not damages-based agreements (DBAs), the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th November 2019

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EPA prosecutions and costs – Nearly Legal

‘This was a judicial review of a costs order made by Camberwell Green Magistrates on a settled Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.82 prosecution. The Magistrates had refused to state a case for the consideration of the High Court.’

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Nearly Legal, 31st October 2019

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MoJ: No change to whiplash reform timetable – Legal Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is continuing to work towards April 2020 to implement the whiplash reforms despite the upcoming election, it has confirmed.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk