Ava-May Littleboy: No police action over girl’s death on inflatable – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2019 in health & safety, homicide, negligence, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Two people arrested after a three-year-old girl died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline will face no further action, police have confirmed.’

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BBC News, 13th March 2019

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Youth prison put inmates in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day – The Guardian

‘A prison for young adults has been placed in special measures by the government after it was found that inmates were locked alone in their cells for up to 23 hours a day – a practice campaigners have described as de facto solitary confinement.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2019

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An updated driverless testing code for the UK recognises remote operators – Technology Law Update

Posted March 8th, 2019 in codes of practice, consultations, health & safety, news, road traffic by sally

‘The UK Government has published a revised Code of Practice on trials of automated vehicles. This is open for comments until 6 May 2019.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th March 2019

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Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 – The Guardian

‘Survivors and the bereaved from the Grenfell Tower fire have expressed their “extreme frustration” at the pace of justice after Scotland Yard admitted no charges were likely for at least two years.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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Former Royal Marine reaches agreement with MoD after suing for hearing loss – Daily Telegraph

‘A Former Royal Marine has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after suing for hearing loss, in a case that could cost the government millions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2019

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No release from gas – Nearly Legal

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in health & safety, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘Trecarrel House Limited v Rouncefield, County Court at Exeter, 13 February 2019. The gas safety certificate section 21 wars rumble on. Following Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz (our note here), we have a further County Court appeal decision. This time from Exeter and concerning s.36(7) of the 1998 Gas Safety Regulations.’

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Nearly Legal, 19th February 2019

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Case Comment: Perry v Raleys Solicitors [2019] UKSC 5 – UKSC Blog

‘Rory Thomson, a senior associate in the disputes team at CMS, comments on the judgment of the UK Supreme Court in the case of Perry v Raleys Solicitors, which was handed down on 13 February 2019. The judgment is a useful affirmation and clarification of the law on the assessment of causation and loss in professional negligence cases.’

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UKSC Blog, 18th February 2019

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Private AI – claims against approved inspectors – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted February 12th, 2019 in building law, defective premises, health & safety, insurance, negligence, news by tracey

‘The extent to which property owners of a defective building have a valid claim against professionals with involvement in the development is a subject that has recently seen an upsurge in interest and litigation. In the past months two TCC judgments have been published that consider the particular role and potential liabilities of approved inspectors (AIs): Zagora Management Ltd and others v Zurich Insurance plc and others and Lessees and Management Company of Herons Court v Heronslea Ltd and others.

To the disappointment of property owners, and perhaps the relief of insurers, these cases demonstrate the difficulties claimants face in succeeding against AIs.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 11th February 2019

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High Court allows more time for steelworker claims – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court has given the personal representatives of deceased steelworkers more time to register their compensation claims under a group litigation order (GLO).’

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Litigation Futures, 7th February 2019

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Upper Poppleton ‘dirty’ swimming pool gave 165 stomach bug – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2019 in community service, health & safety, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “dirty” swimming pool led to dozens of young children contracting a stomach bug causing diarrhoea, a council said. Inspectors who visited Dolphins Swim School in York saw “brown and green” pool water, with 165 children and parents contracting giardiasis.At York Magistrates’ Court, the swim school’s owner Ryan Griffin admitted health and safety breaches.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2019

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Fatal accident damages considered: Blake -v- Mad Max Limited – Zenith PI

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Zenith PI, 10th January 2018

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Victims of self-storage warehouse fire to sue over safety failures – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2019 in accidents, compensation, damages, fire, health & safety, news by tracey

‘Hundreds of people are planning a legal challenge against a self-storage company as they claim safety failures led to the destruction of more than 1,000 people’s possessions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th January 2018

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Hillsborough disaster: David Duckenfield’s trial due to begin – BBC News

‘The manslaughter trial of the police officer in command during the Hillsborough disaster will begin later.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2018

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NHS Trust fined £300k after two employees stabbed by service user – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 7th, 2019 in fines, health & safety, hospitals, mental health, news, offensive weapons by sally

‘NHS Oxleas Foundation Trust was last month (20 December) fined £300,000 after two nurses suffered life-changing injuries when they were repeatedly stabbed by a service user.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th January 2019

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Inadequate risk assessment leads to liability being established: Chisolm -v- Hankins considered – Zenith PI

Posted December 20th, 2018 in duty of care, health & safety, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘In Chisholm v D & R Hankins (Manea) Ltd [2018] EWHC 3407 (QB) the High Court found liability established on the grounds of an inadequate risk assessment by the defendant employer. The judge also made important observations about the relevance of statutory duties after s.69 of the ERRA 2013.’

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Zenith PI, 18th December 2018

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Grenfell Tower: second phase of inquiry ‘could be delayed until 2020’ – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by sally

‘The next phase of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire could be delayed until 2020, according to counsel for one of the core participants, raising concerns that it could be at least three years after the disaster claimed 72 lives that it will report back fully.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2018

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On the spot: accidents at work – New Law Journal

‘A new guideline recently published by the Sentencing Council is likely to result in increased penalties for individuals responsible for fatal workplace accidents. Chris Newton reports.’

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New Law Journal, 7th December 2018

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Hillsborough police chief to face 95 manslaughter charges after judge rejects bid to halt prosecution – The Independent

‘The former chief superintendent of South Yorkshire Police is to stand trial for the manslaughter of 95 fans at Hillsborough after an attempt to halt the case failed.’

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The Independent, 6th December 2018

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Government to review safety advice amid new high-rise cladding fears – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2018 in building law, construction industry, fire, health & safety, news, regulations by tracey

‘The government has ordered a review of building safety advice amid concerns that scores of tall buildings fitted with combustible cladding and insulation may have been missed by a testing programme following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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The Guardian, 27th November 2018

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Medical device rules need ‘drastic change’ to protect patients – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2018 in experiments, health & safety, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘Urgent and drastic changes to the rules around medical devices, such as pacemakers, are needed to protect patients, according to the Royal College of Surgeons. It wants a register of every device in every patient set up so doctors know if new innovations are causing harm.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2018

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