Part 1: Expert evidence – Additional expert evidence following a Joint Report. – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted October 27th, 2020 in evidence, expert witnesses, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘The recent case of Hinson v Hare [2020] EWHC 2386 QB provides further clarification on the circumstances in which a court may allow one party permission to rely on a further expert report, when the conclusions reached by the single joint expert are not to their liking. Whilst the specific claim was for noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) the principles expounded can be applied generally.’

Full Story

Parklane Plowden Chambers, 2nd October 2020

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

Judge refuses to let claimant abandon “unfavourable” joint expert – Litigation Futures

Posted September 15th, 2020 in appeals, expert witnesses, news, noise, personal injuries, reports by tracey

‘A High Court judge has upheld a decision not to allow a claimant in a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) case to rely on a different expert because a joint expert produced an unfavourable report.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 15th September

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Cardiff barking dog row attacker guilty of murder – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2020 in dogs, grievous bodily harm, murder, news, noise by sally

‘A man who attacked his neighbour in a row over a barking dog has been convicted of murdering him.’

Full Story

BBC News, 27th July 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jafari v Tareem Limited [2019] EWHC 3119 (Ch) – Tanfield Chambers

Posted July 8th, 2020 in chambers articles, covenants, damages, landlord & tenant, news, noise by sally

‘The High Court examined the relevance of an offer of compensation to the question of whether a landlord was in breach of the covenant for quiet enjoyment.’

Full Story

Tanfield Chambers, 30th June 2020

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) – an Introduction, by Jim Hester – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted June 4th, 2020 in industrial injuries, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘Even those who are experienced in personal injury cases in general can sometimes find industrial diseases cases difficult to get to grips with. Noise induced hearing loss cases can fall into this category. Such cases sometimes appear littered with seemingly impenetrable, highly technical arguments.’

Full Story

Parklane Plowden Chambers, 19th May 2020

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

R (Susan Fisher) v Durham County Council [2020] – The Interface Between Statutory Nuisance and Disability Discrimination – Francis Taylor Building

‘In his judgment in R (on the application of Susan Fisher) v. Durham County Council [2020] EWHC [2020] EWHC 1277 (Admin) handed down in the Leeds District Registry on 21 May 2020, Julian Knowles J. has dismissed a challenge brought by Susan Fisher, a woman with a neurological disorder which cases her to make involuntary sounds and noises, including words and phrases, against the decision of my client Durham County Council to serve her with a abatement notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (“EPA 1990”).’

Full Story

Francis Taylor Building, 21st May 2020

Source: www.ftbchambers.co.uk

Identifying and dealing with difficult issues in NIHL cases – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted June 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, damages, limitations, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘The diagnosis and quantification of NIHL is affected by innumerable confounding factors, which include:

(i) Constitutional issues, such as unrelated third pathologies, which can

‘replicate’ the pattern of threshold elevation as appears in NIHL cases;

(ii) Personal susceptibility to hearing damage: ‘soft and hard ears’;

(iii) The actual threshold at birth or before noise exposure, which means assumptions must be made regarding the extent of any allegedly raised threshold;

(iv) Age. Particularly how the effects of age are to be calculated and the assumptions which are valid in arriving at an approved or reliable AAHL table of estimates’

Full Story

Parklane Plowden Chambers, 22nd May 2020

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

Woman who makes involuntary sounds fails in judicial review challenge over noise abatement notice – Local Government Lawyer

‘A 67-year-old retired primary school teacher who has a neurological disorder that causes her to make involuntary sounds and noises has failed in a judicial review challenge over a noise abatement notice.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 26th May 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Noise Induced hearing loss: De minimis, the better hearing ear and acceleration injuries – Parklane Plowden

‘This article will discuss the first instance decision of DJ Adams in the case of French v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy heard in Newcastle County Court on noise-induced hearing loss.’

Full Story

Parklane Plowden, 1st April 2020

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

Adverse Inferences Drawn From Failure to Adduce Noise Surveys: Brian MacKenzie v Alcoa Manufacturing (GB) Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 2110 – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted December 10th, 2019 in causation, evidence, industrial injuries, news, noise by sally

‘The Claimant brought a claim for noise induced hearing loss (“NIHL”) which he alleged was caused by exposure to excessive levels of noise in the course of his employment with the First Defendant at the Second Defendant’s premises at various times between 1963 -1976. ‘

Full Story

Parklane Plowden Chambers, 5th December 2019

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

“Neighbour From Hell?” – Church Court Chambers

Posted November 28th, 2019 in disclosure, misrepresentation, news, noise, nuisance, sale of land, trespass by sally

Does your neighbour regularly park across your driveway? Have a dog that howls or barks incessantly? Play drum and bass music into the early hours? Have children that make uncontrolled noise or trespass regularly onto your property? Use power tools at anti-social hours at the weekend? Do you have a neighbour from hell? Have you raised a complaint to your neighbour directly or to others such as the police or the Local Authority? If so, your property may have suffered a Diminution in Value as a result of such anti-social behaviour or harassment. The value of your property depends on good neighbours and maintaining cordial relations.

Full Story

Church Court Chambers, November 2019

Source: churchcourtchambers.co.uk

Council planning board removes clause from s106 agreement restricting future occupants from bringing claims over noise after receiving advice move was unlawful – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2019 in damages, news, noise, nuisance, planning by sally

‘­­The Planning Board at the Royal Borough of Greenwich has removed a clause from a s106 agreement that was intended to restrict future occupants of a housing development from pursuing claims for nuisance or damages over noise, after receiving legal advice suggesting it was unlawful.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Judge wrong to ignore tactics of “unscrupulous” NIHL claimants – Litigation Futures

Posted May 21st, 2019 in appeals, contempt of court, costs, deceit, fraud, judges, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘A judge has been criticised by the Court of Appeal for failing to take into account tactics used by “unscrupulous claimants and lawyers”, particularly in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) cases.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 21st May 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Judicial review of Heathrow airport third runway decision begins – The Guardian

‘Five judicial reviews challenging the legality of the government’s decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow airport have begun in the high court.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 11th March 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

A noisy appeal – Nearly Legal

Posted October 1st, 2018 in appeals, housing, news, noise, nuisance, repossession by sally

‘This was Curo Places appeal of a Circuit Judge’s dismissal of its possession claim against Ms Walker.’

Full Story

Nearly Legal, 30th September 2018

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Children’s author faces £1m payout after ‘terrorising’ actor neighbour with ‘monstrously out of control’ garden – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in compensation, harassment, injunctions, news, noise, nuisance by tracey

‘A children’s author faces a £1m payout after terrorising her actor neighbour with her “monstrously out of control” garden.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 1st August 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fixed costs only where pre-action protocol not followed – Zenith PI

‘An unreasonable failure to follow the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury.’

Full Story

Zenith PI, 1st May 2018

Source: zenithpi.wordpress.com

Violist wins against Royal Opera House for hearing loss – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The ROH has been found liable for failing to protect the hearing of its musicians and for causing acoustic shock to former viola player Chris Goldscheider. This is the first time a musical institution has been found responsible for damage to the hearing of musicians, and the first time that acoustic shock as been recognised as an injury sounding in damages.’

Full Story

UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd April 2018

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Musician wins landmark ruling over ruined hearing – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2018 in artistic works, employment, health & safety, industrial injuries, news, noise by tracey

‘A viola player who suffered a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure in 2012 has won a landmark High Court judgment against the Royal Opera House (ROH).’

Full Story

BBC News, 28th March 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Noisy neighbours must pay banker £100,000 in compensation because their floors had no carpet, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 7th, 2018 in compensation, contracts, injunctions, news, noise, nuisance by sally

‘The noisy neighbours of a banker must pay her £100,000 in compensation because their floors had no carpet, a judge has ruled.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk