Hillsborough families hail ‘the beginning of the end’ in their 28-year struggle for justice – Daily Telegraph

‘The families of the Hillsborough victims have hailed the “beginning of the end” in their 28-year struggle for justice following the decision to prosecute the match day police commander over 95 deaths.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2017

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Man who fell asleep during gas mask sex game is jailed over tied-up partner’s death – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 27th, 2017 in drug abuse, homicide, negligence, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for two years after he fell asleep during a drug-fuelled bondage sex game and left his tied-up partner to die with a gas mask around his face.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th June 2017

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Grenfell Tower fire: tenants’ rights and the gaps in the law – Legal Voice

‘The Grenfell Action Group and residents raised repeated concerns about the apparent neglect of health and safety legislation. Whilst there are several potential causes of action, the reality for tenants is that they would have struggled to bring a claim for a number of reasons.’

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Legal Voice, 23rd June 2017

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Man found guilty of manslaughter over gas mask death – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2017 in drug abuse, homicide, negligence, news by sally

‘A man is facing prison after being convicted of killing his sexual partner who he left tied up wearing a gas mask.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2017

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Medical Protection Society lays out nine-point plan for “urgent” reform of claims – Litigation Futures

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in compensation, costs, health, negligence, news, statistics by tracey

‘Medical Protection Society lays out nine-point plan for “urgent” reform of claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd June 2017

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Cost of NHS negligence claims likely to double by 2023, says study – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in compensation, costs, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘The annual cost to the NHS in England of settling clinical negligence claims is equivalent to training 6,500 doctors and is expected to double by 2023, according to the Medical Protection Society.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2017

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Council agrees £13m payout to family of boy injured at swimming pool – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in compensation, local government, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Northampton Borough Council is to pay £13m to the family of a boy who was left with brain injuries after nearly drowning in a council swimming pool in 2002.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2017

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Solicitors lose claim over losses caused by tax mitigation schemes – Legal Futures

Posted June 5th, 2017 in accountants, law firms, negligence, news, solicitors, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Partners at a leading personal injury law firm have lost a professional negligence action against the accountants who recommended they sign up to two ultimately unsuccessful tax mitigation schemes.’

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Legal Futures, 5th June 2017

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High Court strikes out negligence claim against private client firm – Legal Futures

Posted May 31st, 2017 in law firms, limitations, negligence, news, striking out, trusts by sally

The High Court has struck out a negligence claim against London private client specialists Harcus Sinclair on the grounds that it was statute-barred.

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Legal Futures, 31st May 2017

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Roberts -v-Johnstone after the change in discount rate: a high court decision – Zenith PI Blog

Posted May 26th, 2017 in birth, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The recent change in the discount rate was covered on this blog. One issue that arose was how the courts were going to treat the Roberts -v- Johnstone approach to accommodation claims. It was not practical to use a multiplier that was a minus figure. In JR -v- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 1245 (QB) Mr Justice Davis decided that the multiplier in these circumstances should be zero.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 25th May 2017

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Man awarded £8m Sheffield hospital negligence payout – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2017 in birth, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A man who was left disabled as a result of negligence during his birth will receive almost £8m in NHS compensation.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2017

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What can reasonably be expected of junior doctors – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in appeals, doctors, negligence, news by tracey

‘FB v. Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 334, 12 May 2017, Court of Appeal. FB fell ill with meningitis when she was just one. The illness was diagnosed too late, and she suffered brain damage. This appeal was against the judge’s dismissal of the claim against the hospital, where she was seen, some time before she was admitted and the infection treated. All agreed that avoiding the time between being seen and being admitted could have led to the brain damage being avoided.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd may 2017

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Exclusive: Jackson “moving away” from £250,000 upper limit for fixed-cost cases – Litigation Futures

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in costs, negligence, news, personal injuries, reports by tracey

‘A widespread consensus has emerged that Lord Justice Jackson is backing away from extending fixed recoverable costs to cases worth up to £250,000, Litigation Futures can report – although what level he is now looking at is unknown.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd may 2017

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35th Blackstone Lecture by Lady Justice Hallett: Trial by Jury – Past and Present – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘It is a pleasure to have been asked to give this year’s Blackstone lecture. Lord Devlin at the outset of his Hamlyn Lectures in 1956 observed: that trial by jury was a subject on which it was not possible to ‘say anything very novel or very profound’. If not a subject suitable for original comment, why did I choose it?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 22nd May 2017

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Baby deaths linked to lack of basic midwife training – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 22nd, 2017 in birth, children, education, midwives, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Babies are dying and being put at risk of major brain injury because it is “commonplace” for British midwives to qualify without training in use of basic equipment, a senior coroner has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th May 2017

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Afghanistan blast scientist Lee Peters receives MoD payout – BBC News

‘A scientist who lost three fingers when a suspicious package exploded as he handled it has been compensated by the Ministry of Defence.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2017

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Court of Appeal determines approach for deciding loss where litigation solicitors miss second claim – OUT-LAW.com

‘Where solicitors have negligently failed to advise a client to pursue a particular claim, they will be deemed to have caused loss if their client can show that it would have brought the claim if so advised, and that it would have had a real prospect of success, the Court of Appeal has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th May 2017

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What’s in a name? Appeal judges reject pleas of claimant who sued wrong firm – Legal Futures

‘Appeal judges have rejected the pleas of a claimant who, faced by two law firms with similar names set up by the same solicitor, sued the wrong one.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2017

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Offenders in Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal ‘remain at large’ – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2017 in child abuse, negligence, news, police, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘A former Greater Manchester police detective who resigned over the force’s handling of the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal has claimed that offenders identified in the original investigation are still free to abuse young girls in the town.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2017

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Lowick Rose LLP v. Swynson Ltd [2017] UKSC 32 – Hailsham Chambers

Posted May 16th, 2017 in accountants, appeals, negligence, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has now ruled on the tricky “no loss” arguments raised in this accountant’s negligence claim, reversing the decision of the lower courts. Nicola Rushton of Hailsham’s professional negligence team considers the implications.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 13th April 2017

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