Pitfalls in Clinical Negligence Claims: A Case Study – Hailsham Chambers

‘On 18 December 2019, Her Honour Judge Melissa Clarke, the Designated Civil Judge sitting at Oxford Combined Court, handed down judgment in Docherty v Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (Unreported, 25, 26 & 27 November 2019). This was a clinical negligence claim in which the Claimant made various allegations in respect of her immediate post-natal care which led to her sustaining a serious ankle injury when she fainted due to anaemia caused by blood lost during an instrumental delivery the previous morning.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 13th February 2020

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Clinical negligence and PI costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 17th, 2020 in civil procedure rules, compensation, costs, delay, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Following the decision in I v Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (25 February 2019), applications for a further interim payment on account of costs have become common in high-value clinical negligence and personal injury claims where there is likely to be substantial delay before quantum can be determined by the court. In the recent decision in RXK v Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 2751 (QB), Master Cook observed that there was no decision of the High Court on the principle of whether such applications are well founded and have an adequate judicial basis in the rules and/or the authorities. Thus, the master took the opportunity in RXK to provide guidance ‘in the hope that such applications would be better prepared in future’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th February 2020

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Review launched into East Kent NHS trust after baby deaths – The Guardian

‘The government has announced an independent review into maternity services at an NHS trust where a number of babies have died.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2020

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Unfit expert hit with £89k third-party costs order – Litigation Futures

Posted February 14th, 2020 in costs, expert witnesses, negligence, news, third parties by sally

‘A circuit judge has made a “highly unusual” and large third-party costs order against a claimant’s medical expert witness, whose “improper, unreasonable, or negligent conduct” doomed the case.

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Litigation Futures, 14th February 2020

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Family of UK man who died in police custody criticises watchdog – The Guardian

‘The family of a man who died in custody last month has criticised the police watchdog for failing to recommend the suspension of officers being investigated over the circumstances of his death.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2020

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Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors [2019] UKSC 54 – Hardwicke Chambers

‘The Appellant was a firm of solicitors against whom the Respondent, on behalf of the late Mr Watkins’ estate, continued Mr Watkins’ claim in professional negligence following his death in 2014.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th February 2020

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Paying the price for expert shopping: Burke v Imperial Healthcare [2019] EWHC 3719 (QB) – 12 King’s Bench Walk

Posted February 11th, 2020 in disclosure, expert witnesses, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘The judgment of Tipples J serves as a sharp reminder to parties who seek permission to change experts that they will be expected to notify the other party of their intention in advance of the hearing. Failure to do so will impose on them a duty to make full and frank disclosure and to ensure that all material information, both as to the law and the facts, is placed before the court. It is necessary to remind the court of the general rule that a party who seeks to change experts will be permitted to do so only on condition it discloses all the written evidence obtained from the former expert. To displace this general rule, the court will need to be satisfied that there is no hint of expert shopping and no attempt to withhold relevant information. ‘

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12 King's Bench Walk, 10th February 2020

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Grenfell Tower inquiry backs protection for refurbishment firms giving evidence – BBC News

‘The chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry has backed a request from firms that refurbished the building that evidence they give should not be used against them in criminal prosecutions.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2020

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Chief Constable of Essex Police v Transport Arendonk BVBA (2020) – St Pauls Chambers

Posted February 6th, 2020 in chambers articles, duty of care, negligence, news, police, statutory duty by sally

‘A recorder had been correct not to strike out a negligence claim against a police force brought by the owner of cargo stolen from a lorry parked in a secluded lay-by at night while the driver was held at a police station on suspicion of drink driving. The possibility of a duty of care owed by the police was not precluded by statute, and there were no authorities that resolved the issue. The matter needed a full trial of the evidence.’

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St Pauls Chambers, 31st January 2020

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Rogue surgeon report does not pretend there are easy answers – The Guardian

‘Report makes some sensible recommendations but critics say it could have gone further.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2020

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People who worked on Grenfell Tower ‘could face life sentences’ – The Guardian

‘People who worked on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment could face the threat of being jailed for life, their lawyers have said, with witnesses interviewed by police believing they could be charged with manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2020

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Ministers reject calls for immediate compensation for infected blood victims – The Guardian

‘Calls for immediate compensation for thousands of victims contaminated by infected NHS blood have been rejected by ministers at a meeting with campaigners and survivors – but more health support may be made available.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2020

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Sanderson v Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation [2020] EWHC 20 (QB). – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted January 28th, 2020 in birth, causation, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Claimant suffered from moderately severe cerebral palsy resulting from a short period acute brain hypoxia in the minutes preceding her delivery in February 2002.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 27th January 2020

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Grenfell Tower fire: Second phase of inquiry to begin – BBC News

‘The second phase of the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry is to begin later, days after one of its panellists resigned.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2020

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NHS faces huge clinical negligence legal fees bill – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2020 in costs, fees, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘The NHS in England faces paying out £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence, the BBC has learned through a Freedom of Information request.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2020

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Ep 101: Should medical claims be done differently? – Law Pod UK

Posted January 21st, 2020 in hospitals, negligence, news, podcasts by sally

‘Medical negligence experts James Badenoch QC (now retired) and David Hart QC of 1 Crown Office Row discuss some of the solutions proposed to the vast expense to the NHS of damages claims in negligence and whether any of these propositions – such as a tariff system run by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board – is feasible.’

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Law Pod UK, 20th January 2020

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Divorcee sues top law firm after taking out ‘crippling’ loan to pay for legal fight with husband – Daily Telegraph

‘A businesswoman who wrongly believed she would win a substantial divorce settlement from her wealthy husband is suing a top law firm after taking out a crippling loan to pay their fees.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2020

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Professional liability round up of 2019 – 4 New Square

‘The 2019 professional liability case law was dominated by four core themes, which arose repeatedly in numerous contexts in claims against lawyers and auditors in particular:

-Multiple interlocking attacks on different aspects of the “loss of a chance” doctrine, anchored in both “lost litigation” claims and defective business deals. As we explain, the case law has been marked by various parties trying to opt out of parts of the existing Allied Maples doctrine, or bend the requirements to their particular circumstances.
-The continued adoption of “assumption of responsibility” as the appropriate test for duty of care to non-clients, and the extent to which the principle is relevant to the scope of duty owed to a client.
-The debate over how the distinction between “information” and “advice” cases plays out in the context of the respective duties of auditors and directors for the running of companies (both in the context of scope of duty and contributory negligence).
-The way in which a claimant’s wrongdoing should “taint” a claim against a professional. This theme emerged in the loss of a chance context, in respect of “ex turpi causa”, and in relation to the ever-challenging issue of attribution.’

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4 New Square, 7th January 2020

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Solicitor-client costs: negligence, documents and coverage – 4 New Square

Posted January 9th, 2020 in costs, indemnities, insurance, negligence, news, podcasts, solicitors by sally

‘With solicitor-client cost disputes on the rise, Paul Parker and Tom Asquith consider in this podcast how these are having an impact within the sphere of professional indemnity insurance, in particular advice on funding; applications for delivery of files; and coverage.’

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4 New Square, 31st December 2019

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CA: Litigants do not owe duty of care to opponents – Litigation Futures

‘Litigants do not owe a duty of care to their opponents, the Court of Appeal has made clear.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th December 2019

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