Government to review Human Rights Act – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lord chancellor Robert Buckland has revealed that the government is to commission an independent review of the Human Rights Act.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th October 2020

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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.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th September

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ABI: Claims dived during lockdown but their value went up – Litigation Futures

Posted September 7th, 2020 in accidents, compensation, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic, statistics by sally

‘The number of motor insurance claims notified to insurers in the second quarter of 2020 fell by nearly half, but their value leapt by 31%, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).’

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Litigation Futures, 4th September 2020

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Lyum Roy Campbell (a protected party by his father & litigation friend Donald Campbell) v Advantage Insurance Company Ltd [2020] EWHC 2210 (QB) – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘In this case the court considered the issues of capacity, consent and contributory negligence following a road traffic accident wherein the Claimant, Lyum Roy Campbell, suffered very severe injuries, having allowed himself to be driven by a friend who was intoxicated.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 21st August 2020

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PI solicitor struck off for “stupid” decision to forge client’s signature – Legal Futures

‘An experienced personal injury solicitor who forged his client’s signature on two court documents to progress her case “acted stupidly” and had to be struck off, a tribunal has decided.’

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Legal Futures, 28th August 2020

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Judge lashes out at “shameful drivel” produced in RTA claims – Litigation Futures

‘A deputy district judge lambasted law firms’ approach to low-value road traffic claims, describing them as “drivel” and saying “they are mostly prepared in a way which makes me ashamed of our profession”.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th August 2020

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An Introduction to Ogden 8 – Ropewalk Chambers

Posted August 28th, 2020 in accidents, chambers articles, compensation, damages, news, personal injuries by sally

‘On 17th July 2020, the Ogden Working Party published the 8th Edition of the Ogden Tables, the first new edition
in almost a decade and the first under a new Chairman, William Latimer-Sayer QC.’

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Ropewalk Chambers, 18th August 2020

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Courts cannot critique “uncontroverted” expert reports – Litigation Futures

‘It is not the role of the courts to subject “uncontroverted” expert reports to “the same kind of analysis and critique as if it was evaluating a controverted or contested report”, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th August 2020

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“Unconscionable” for defendant to benefit from portal mistake – Litigation Futures

Posted August 25th, 2020 in accidents, compensation, mistake, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘The overriding objective means that defendants can be prevented from taking advantage of claimant errors to achieve lower settlements in RTA portal cases, a judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th August 2020

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Steep fall in injury claims during lockdown – Litigation Futures

‘There was a 38% fall in the number of injury claims registered with the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) during the first three months of lockdown, government figures have confirmed.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th August 2020

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PI Fraud: when silence can be FD – Park Square Barristers

‘On appeal, a High Court judge reversed the finding that a claimant was not fundamentally dishonest due to inconsistencies in the longevity of his injuries and the non-disclosure of a subsequent road traffic accident to a medical expert (“the deafening silences”). On this basis, the claimant was found to be fundamentally dishonest pursuant to s.57 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and was consequently ordered to pay 70% of the defendant insurer’s costs. Matthew Smith, co-founder of the PSQB fraud team, was instructed on behalf of the successful appellant insurer.’

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Park Square Barristers, 3rd August 2020

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High Court overturns ruling that claimant was not fundamentally dishonest – Litigation Futures

Posted August 11th, 2020 in accidents, costs, evidence, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘The High Court has overturned a ruling that a claimant who defeated an argument that a car accident he was involved in was bogus, but lied about his injuries, was not fundamentally dishonest.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th August 2020

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High Court: Counsel’s fee for ex-protocol cases not fixed – Litigation Futures

Posted August 10th, 2020 in barristers, civil procedure rules, costs, fees, news, personal injuries, valuation by sally

‘Counsel’s fees for valuing claims which fall out of the personal injury protocols are not subject to fixed costs, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th August 2020

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Claimant ordered to pay defence costs after fundamental dishonesty finding – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 5th, 2020 in appeals, compensation, costs, damages, deceit, indemnities, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The High Court has reversed a costs order on appeal after a successful defendant had initially been forced to pay most of the losing claimant’s costs.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st August 2020

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Council charged over death of girl, 5, killed by playground swing faces £2m legal bill – Daily Telegraph

‘A council has reportedly been charged over the death of a five-year-old girl who was killed by a rotting playground swing, and faces a potential £2m legal bill.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2020

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Court rules £2.2m claim was abuse of process but will live on – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to strike out a £2.2m personal injury claim, despite concluding it was issued inappropriately and there had been an abuse of process.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th August 2020

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CA reinstates £2.6m that languished in RTA portal for four years – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to strike out a £2.6m personal injury claim which remained in the RTA portal for almost four years before the claimant’s solicitors sought to transfer it to the multi-track.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th August 2020

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Personal injury claim numbers continue to fall – Litigation Futures

Posted July 22nd, 2020 in compensation, news, personal injuries, statistics by sally

‘The number of personal injury claims registered with the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) fell over the last year to the lowest point in a decade, newly published figures have shown.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd July 2020

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Covid-19 will have “major impact” on £700m medico-legal market – Litigation Futures

‘The medico-legal and insurance services (MLIS) market had an estimated turnover of £700m last year but the coronavirus will have a “major impact”, a report has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th July 2020

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Family of man Tasered in his home consider suing Met police – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2020 in firearms, news, ombudsmen, personal injuries, police, professional conduct by sally

‘The family of a man Tasered in his own home are considering suing Scotland Yard after the police watchdog said it had not exonerated officers involved in the case – despite the Metropolitan police claiming it had done so.’

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The Guardian, 16th July 2020

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