DDJ “should not have interfered” with parties’ costs agreement – Litigation Futures

Posted January 14th, 2019 in accidents, appeals, consent orders, costs, news, part 36 offers, road traffic by tracey

‘A deputy district judge’s decision to vary a consent order for costs on the standard basis to apply fixed costs to a claim that started in the portal has been overturned.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th January 2018

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High Court slashes success fee citing proportion of fees at risk – Litigation Futures

Posted January 8th, 2019 in accidents, fees, news, personal injuries, road traffic, solicitors by sally

‘A district judge failed to consider the risks that a claimant solicitor should have taken into account when entering into a conditional fee agreement (CFA) and so was wrong to award a 65% success fee, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th January 2019

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Judge criticised for telling barrister to “get a life” – Litigation Futures

Posted December 13th, 2018 in accidents, appeals, barristers, damages, judges, news, professional conduct, road traffic by tracey

‘A judge who told a barrister to “get a life” has been criticised by a recorder who overturned his decision on appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th December 2018

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Fundamental dishonesty – you have been warned (hopefully) – Zenith PI

Posted December 4th, 2018 in contempt of court, costs, fraud, news, personal injuries, road traffic by tracey

‘I recently represented a claimant at trial in relation to a personal injury claim arising out of a road traffic accident. The defendant indicated an intention to pursue a finding of fundamental dishonesty. There were certain aspects of the evidence that might have led to such a finding, but such an outcome was far from certain.’

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Zenith PI, 30th November 2018

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Met police driver faces criminal investigation after ramming moped – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2018 in news, police, road traffic, road traffic offences, robbery, young offenders by tracey

‘A Metropolitan police driver is under criminal investigation after using a special tactic to deliberately knock a fleeing suspect off a moped, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2018

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Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are launching the first of a series of public consultations about crucial legal reforms which will ensure the country is prepared for the introduction of automated vehicles.’

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Law Commission, 8th November 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Road rage driver Darren Hefferman jailed for cyclist punch – BBC News

‘A road rage motorist who punched a cyclist into oncoming traffic has been jailed for two years.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2018

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Civil Liability Bill “undermines Lord Chancellor’s oath of office” – Legal Futures

‘The Civil Liability Bill seriously undermines the oath sworn by Lord Chancellor David Gauke to defend the independence of the judiciary, claimant lawyers have argued as the bill near the end of its parliamentary journey.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd October 2018

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Impecunious credit hire claimants ordered to provide pre-action disclosure – Litigation Futures

‘Impecunious road traffic accident claimants who benefit from the rule allowing them to claim full credit hire costs must provide pre-action disclosure of financial records, a circuit judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd October 2018

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Highway Code to promote ‘Dutch reach’ to protect cyclists – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2018 in accidents, bicycles, news, road traffic by sally

‘Measures to protect cyclists are to be introduced in the Highway Code, including a new recommendation on how to get out of a vehicle without “dooring” a passing rider.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2018

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Gauke to exempt vulnerable road users from whiplash reforms – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2018 in accidents, compensation, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by tracey

‘Vulnerable road users (VRUs), such as pedestrians and cyclists, will be completely exempt from the government’s whiplash reforms, the Lord Chancellor announced yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 5th September 2018

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Three police forces will test eyesight of all drivers stopped – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in health, news, police, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘Drivers who fail to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away when stopped by police will have their licences revoked immediately in a new crackdown.’

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BBC News, 3rd September 2018

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Vehicle-related terrorism claims ‘mutualised’ by UK motor insurers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 27th, 2018 in insurance, news, road traffic, terrorism, third parties by sally

‘Motor insurers in the UK are to share the costs involved in meeting third party claims raised by victims of terrorist attacks involving vehicles.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th July 2018

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High Court dismisses fundamentally dishonest £850,000 personal injury claim – Litigation Futures

Posted July 20th, 2018 in news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage, road traffic by tracey

‘The High Court has dismissed in its entirety a £850,000 personal injury claim on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th July 2018

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A guide to the Civil Liability Bill – Legal Futures

Posted June 7th, 2018 in bills, damages, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘Compensation claims, particularly for minor injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, are the centre of ongoing tension between the insurance industry and those who represent claimants. ‘

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Legal Futures, 6th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Learner drivers now allowed on motorway after law change – BBC News

Posted June 4th, 2018 in news, road traffic, roads by sally

‘Learner drivers in England, Wales and Scotland are now allowed to have lessons on the motorway.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2018

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High Court: Defendant must pay credit hire costs even where claimant has contingent liability for them – Litigation Futures

Posted May 16th, 2018 in contracts, insurance, news, road traffic by sally

‘A circuit judge was wrong to deny a claimant recovery of £20,000 in credit hire charges because she had been assured that she would never have to pay any outstanding sums herself, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th May 2018

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Government gives no quarter in defence of whiplash reforms despite pressure from peers – Legal Futures

Posted May 14th, 2018 in accidents, bills, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘The government stood firm on its proposed whiplash reforms yesterday despite criticism from peers, on the first day of the Civil Liability Bill’s committee stage in the House of Lords.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2018

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Civil Liability Bill: Whiplash damages and definition revealed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 9th, 2018 in bills, damages, news, personal injuries, road traffic, select committees by tracey

‘Legislators have outlined the tariffs that are likely to apply to whiplash injuries if a bill for fixed figures is passed. In a draft order of the Civil Liability Bill laid before parliament today, the total damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity payable for injuries lasting less than three months is restricted to £225. That figure rises to £450 for injuries up to six months, and to £765 where the injuries last nine months.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th May 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk