Boy kept in solitary confinement wins £31,500 payout – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2023 in compensation, detention, human rights, mental health, news, young offenders by tracey

‘The UK government has agreed to pay £31,500 compensation after accepting that a 15-year-old boy with serious mental health problems was subjected to “inhuman or degrading treatment” by being kept in solitary confinement for almost two months.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2023

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Harry wins 15 claims in phone-hacking case against Mirror publisher – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2023 in compensation, damages, interception, media, news, privacy, royal family, telecommunications by tracey

‘Prince Harry has won 15 claims in his case accusing Mirror Group Newspapers of unlawfully gathering information for stories published about him.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2023

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Collision course: Rugby union’s landmark brain injuries claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 11th, 2023 in case management, compensation, damages, news, personal injuries, sport by tracey

‘Lawyers and journalists filled court 75 at London’s Royal Courts of Justice last Friday for the latest development in claims being brought by 295 rugby union players against World Rugby Limited, Welsh Rugby Union Limited and England’s Rugby Football Union over brain injuries. Senior Master Cook heard an application by the claimants for a group litigation order (GLO) – but it soon became clear that no such order would be made, with Cook telling the parties early on that this would be “premature”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th December 2023

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Veterans demand Commons debate on review into past armed forces gay ban – BBC News

‘The government has dropped a key commitment to veterans who were sacked or forced out of the military for being gay, sources have told the BBC.’

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BBC News, 11th December 2023

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UK’s top mobile firms face £3.3bn class action lawsuit over ‘loyalty penalties’ – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2023 in class actions, compensation, consumer protection, news, telecommunications by michael

‘The UK’s biggest mobile phone companies face a £3.3bn class action lawsuit alleging that long-standing customers are being ripped off by “loyalty penalties”, under which the same services are offered to new customers at a better price to lure them from rivals.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2023

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Grenfell firefighters to receive council compensation – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2023 in compensation, fire, fire services, local government, news by michael

‘More than 100 firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze will receive compensation from Kensington and Chelsea Council.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2023

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Migrant fruit picker who ‘struggled to buy food after being underpaid by British farm’ sues employers – The Independent

‘A migrant fruit picker is suing a British farm in a landmark employment tribunal over claims she was underpaid, worked six-day weeks and had to buy her own protective equipment.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2023

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People smugglers ordered to pay over £280,000 from criminal profits in the Essex lorry deaths case – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A convicted people smuggler, responsible for the manslaughter of 39 people who died in the back of a lorry in Essex, has today (24 September 2023) been ordered to pay a total of £65,157.65 to victims’ families through a Confiscation Order made by the court today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th November 2023

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Solicitor accepts “substantial damages” over Times libel – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2023 in compensation, defamation, media, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor whose political ambitions were derailed by a libellous article about his legal work for miners has accepted “substantial” damages from The Times.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

How Smith v Finch has been run over by a Boris bike – Gatehouse Chambers

‘Cycle helmets are likely to remain a bone of contention between PI litigants for years to come. At least, as far as social cycling is concerned. Different considerations apply to competitive and organized cycling events.’

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Gatehouse Chambers, 20th October 2023

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Church of England takes next step towards redress for abuse victims – The Independent

‘The Church of England has taken its next step towards putting in place a “robust” scheme to deliver apologies and compensation to abuse victims.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2023

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Woman who suffered complications from vaginal mesh implant awarded at least £1m – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2023 in compensation, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news, women by tracey

‘A woman who suffered traumatic complications from a vaginal mesh implant has been awarded a record settlement of at least £1m from the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2023

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South Gloucestershire families needing respite care failed by council – BBC News

‘Almost a third of families with SEND children needing respite care have been failed by a council, according to a watchdog.’

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BBC News, 12th November 2023

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Alerter by George Mallet & William Moody – Supreme Court Judgment on unfair relationships and PPI claims: Smith v RBS [2023] UKSC 34 – Henderson Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has given judgment in Smith and Burrell v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2023] UKSC 34, overturning the Court of Appeal and disagreeing with the bank’s limitation argument.’

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Henderson Chambers, 5th October 2023

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At 17, I was jailed for a murder I didn’t commit – and spent seven life-changing years in prison – The Guardian

‘Basic police checks would have shown Sam Hallam wasn’t at the scene of the crime, but these weren’t carried out until he had spent much of his youth inside. He explains why he is still fighting for justice, years after his release.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2023

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Setting up a collective redress scheme in the UK – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 23rd, 2023 in class actions, compensation, news by tracey

‘Collective redress schemes, often referred to as ‘compensation schemes’, offer businesses and organisations an alternative means of settling claims or potential claims from a particular class of individuals or customers quickly and economically.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th October 2023

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Reforming Compensation for Wrongful Conviction – Mountford Chambers

‘Having spent 17 years in prison and 20 years fighting to clear his name, one imagines that after the relief of having done so, Andy Malkinson’s next focus is on rebuilding his life.’

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Mountford Chambers, 8th September 2023

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Interim Payments – The Low-Down (Including Some Practical Tips) – Pump Court Chambers

‘An Interim Payment (“IP”) is defined in CPR 25.1(1)(k) as a “payment by a defendant on account of any damages, debt or other sum (except costs) which the court may hold the defendant liable to pay”. In effect, it is a sum of money advanced to a claimant from the total pot of compensation they will get at the end of their Personal Injury (“PI”) claim. They are generally obtained in complex PI/clinical negligence claims involving substantial damages and sometimes an as yet uncertain prognosis.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 15th September 2023

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Stradey Park: Man made sexist video about police officer – BBC News

‘A man who made sexist and ageist comments about a female police officer has been given a suspended sentence.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2023

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Evidence “does not back up” insurer claims of ‘hiplash’ and ‘wristlash’ – Legal Futures

Posted September 26th, 2023 in accidents, compensation, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘Insurer assertions that the number of mixed injury cases has risen dramatically since the launch of the Official Injury Claim (OIC) portal are not borne out by the evidence, it was argued last week.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk