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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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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Supreme Court to rule on compensation in miner’s claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 20th, 2019 in damages, industrial injuries, miners, negligence, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will today hand down its eagerly-awaited ruling on the principle of full compensation as part of a negligence claim against solicitors.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th November 2019

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Case Preview: Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey (a firm) – UKSC Blog

‘Rory Thomson, a senior associate in the Insurance and Reinsurance Group at CMS, previews the appeal pending in the case of Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey (a firm). The case concerns the correct approach to the assessment of damages in a claim for loss of chance arising from solicitors’ negligence, and the extent to which a court should admit evidence obtained after the date of settlement of the original claim as part of that assessment. The appeal was heard by the UK Supreme Court on 25 July 2019, and its judgment is currently awaited.’

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UKSC Blog, 30th September 2019

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Liverpool judge refuses to move huge claim to London – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court in Liverpool has refused to transfer one of the biggest claims ever filed in this country to the Rolls Building in London.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th April 2019

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Battle of Orgreave: Home Office rejects independent review – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2019 in demonstrations, industrial action, inquiries, miners, news, police, violence by tracey

‘The home secretary has rejected an offer by the bishop of Sheffield to set up an independent panel to examine events surrounding the “battle of Orgreave”, one if the most brutal clashes between police and miners during the 1984 miners’ strike.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2019

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Coal mine could be built next to one of Northumberland’s most beautiful beaches after High Court appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, energy, environmental protection, miners, news by sally

‘An opencast coal mine could be built next to one of Northumerbland’s most beautiful beaches after The Court of Appeal overturned Savid Javid’s decision to block the scheme.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2018

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British Coal coke oven workers: Widow wins court battle – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2018 in compensation, damages, families, industrial injuries, miners, news by sally

‘The widow of a coke oven worker who suffered chronic bronchitis because of harmful fumes has won £15,853 in a court battle against the UK government.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2018

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Battle of Orgreave: more unreleased police files uncovered – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in archives, demonstrations, miners, news, police, public order, select committees by tracey

‘Unreleased files about the Battle of Orgreave from five police forces, including a contemporaneous report by a chief constable on the policing of the miner’s strike, have been uncovered by the Commons home affairs committee.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

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Jackson’s scorn for ‘artificial claims stirred up by advertisements’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2017 in advertising, civil justice, judges, law firms, miners, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has expressed his contempt for a firm that recruited a claimant and ‘turned his head’ to bring negligence proceedings. In the Court of Appeal Jackson said it was ‘regrettable’ that north west firm Mellor Hargreaves had persuaded a former miner to bring an action against his previous solicitors to ‘top up’ a damages award.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th September 2017

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Court of Appeal orders controversial firm to compensate ex-miner for negligence – Legal Futures

Posted May 2nd, 2017 in appeals, compensation, law firms, miners, negligence, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that Raleys – the controversial but now defunct Barnsley law firm – should not have to compensate a miner who argued that its admitted negligence had caused him to settle a claim at an undervalue.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd May 2016

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Orgreave files: Government urged to consider release – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2017 in disclosure, documents, industrial action, miners, news, police, select committees by sally

‘Secret files concerning one of the most high profile clashes of the 1980s miners’ strike should be assessed and made public if possible, a government committee has said.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2017

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Miners’ strike policing inquiry ‘would have been witch hunt’ – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2017 in disclosure, documents, industrial action, inquiries, miners, news, police by sally

‘The Thatcher government feared a “witch hunt” if a public inquiry were held into policing of the 1984-5 miners’ strike, declassified files show.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2017

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Orgreave files ‘to be made public next year’ – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2016 in archives, documents, industrial action, miners, news, police, select committees by sally

‘Home Office files concerning events at the “battle of Orgreave” are due to be released next year among a cache of records relating to the 1984 miners’ strike.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2016

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Orgreave files reveal concern trial collapse could warrant inquiry – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in documents, government departments, inquiries, miners, news, police, trials by sally

‘Home Office files, including a 1985 memo to Margaret Thatcher, released after public inquiry ruled out last month.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Battle of Orgreave: home secretary to decide on new inquiry – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2016 in demonstrations, industrial action, inquiries, miners, news, police by sally

‘A decision on whether to launch a new inquiry into the “battle of Orgreave”, one of the most brutal episodes during the 1984 miners’ strike, is due to be announced by the home secretary, Amber Rudd.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2016

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Orgreave police ‘told to use as much force as possible’ – BBC News

Posted October 11th, 2016 in industrial action, miners, news, police by sally

‘The government is considering a review of what happened in 1984 during the miners’ strike when violent clashes took place between the police and miners on the picket line at Orgreave.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2016

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Orgreave: Home Secretary to announce inquiry into police violence against miners – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2016 in inquiries, media, miners, news, police, violence by tracey

‘The Government will announce an inquiry into police conduct at the so-called Battle of Orgreave in 1984, it has been reported.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2016

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Linklaters escapes ‘unprecedented’ disclosure order – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has decided against making what would have been an unprecedented order in relation to e-disclosure in an action brought over the behaviour of a mining company in Peru.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th July 2016

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Orgreave report ‘could prejudice Hillsborough inquiry’ – BBC News

‘A full report into allegations of police misconduct at the so-called Battle of Orgreave will not be made public, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has ruled.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2016

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