Eight sentenced over bus ‘crash for cash’ fraud – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2017 in fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic, sentencing by tracey

‘The biggest number of claimants ever tried together in an insurance fraud case have been handed sentences ranging from community service to custody.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th October 2017

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Privacy controls should be developed for users of connected and autonomous vehicles, say data watchdogs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 9th, 2017 in computer programs, data protection, internet, news, privacy, road traffic by sally

‘Users of connected and autonomous vehicles should be able to control who is given access to the data generated by those vehicles, data protection watchdogs from across the globe have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Dangerous cycling law review after death crash – BBC News

‘The government is launching a review into whether a new law is needed to tackle dangerous cycling.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2017

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Parents face fines for driving children to school in push to curb pollution – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2017 in fines, health, news, pollution, road traffic by tracey

‘As the new academic year begins, a survey of councils shows many are enforcing laws preventing parking immediately outside the school gates, using CCTV cameras and mobile monitoring vehicles to crack down on parents flouting the rules.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2017

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‘Smart’ and autonomous vehicle cyber guidance: Data protection considerations – Technology Law Update

‘On 6 August 2017, in advance of proposed legislation, the UK government published 8 ‘Key Principles’ regarding the cyber security of connected and autonomous vehicles. This is the last of a series of 4 blogs regarding those principles.’

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Technology Law Update, 30th August 2017

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‘Smart’ and autonomous vehicle cyber guidance: A need to provide infinite technical support? – Technology Law Update

Posted August 23rd, 2017 in computer programs, encryption, news, road traffic by sally

‘On 6 August 2017, in advance of proposed legislation, the UK government published 8 ‘Key Principles’ regarding the cyber security of connected and autonomous vehicles. This is the second of a series of 4 blogs regarding those principles.’

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Technology Law Update, 23rd August 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

‘Smart’ and autonomous vehicle cyber guidance: initial impressions – Technology Law Update

Posted August 21st, 2017 in computer crime, computer programs, news, road traffic by sally

‘On 6 August 2017, in advance of proposed legislation, the UK government published 8 ‘Key Principles’ regarding the cyber security of connected and autonomous vehicles. This is the first of a series of 4 blogs regarding those principles.’

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Technology Law Update, 21st August 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Britons should stop getting so drunk during hen and stag parties, judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 16th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, coroners, inquests, news, road traffic by sally

‘Britons should stop getting so drunk during hen and stag parties, a judge said yesterday during an inquest into the death of a reveller killed during a bachelor party in Budapest.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2017

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UK government publishes cyber security guidance for driverless cars – OUT-LAW.COM

Posted August 8th, 2017 in bills, computer crime, data protection, news, road traffic by sally

‘The UK government has issued new guidelines aimed at improving cyber protection for smart and driverless vehicles, ahead of planned legislation for the emerging industry.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th August 2017

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Major boost for claimants with Court of Appeal QOCS ruling – Litigation Futures

‘Qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) does apply for the benefit of a paralysed lorry driver who had his claim struck out against the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB), the Court of Appeal has ruled, overturning the High Court.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th July 2017

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Claimant entitled to shifted costs against compensatory body – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 7th, 2017 in compensation, costs, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic by tracey

‘A claimant severely injured in a crash with an unknown motorist is entitled to costs protection against a compensatory body, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th July 2017

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Janine Wolstenholme Reviews a Recent Case on Relief from Sanctions – Park Square Barristers

‘The substantive claim was a straight forward, low value personal injury claim arising out of a road traffic accident. Liability was admitted. Trial directions were given, requiring witness statements to be served by 3rd November 2016. At the eleventh hour, the Claimant’s solicitors sought an extension of two weeks from the Defendant, which was agreed (an “indulgence” in the view of the judge on appeal).’

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Park Square Barristers, 27th June 2017

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Defendant Secures non-party Costs order against Credit Hire Organisation – Park Square Barristers

‘In this Judgment handed down last week, the Court considered the potential for credit hire companies, who were not parties to the litigation, to be the subject of costs orders. The Appellant car hire company was the subject of such a non-party costs order at first instance and appealed to the High Court. The decision is one which anyone involved in credit hire should be aware of.

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Park Square Barristers, 29th June 2017

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Is an RTA Insurer Liable for an Unidentified Defendant? – Park Square Barristers

‘The Court of Appeal has held in Cameron v Hussain and Liverpool Victoria [2017] EWCA Civ 366 that a Claimant can obtain a judgment against a Defendant identified only by description of him as the driver of a vehicle on a particular date. Whilst in almost every other area of law such judgment would be worthless as unenforceable, the Road Traffic Act 1988 provisions impose a contingent liability against the insurer of the vehicle to satisfy such a judgment. At first blush this seems to dismantle the careful limitations placed on the European Communities (Rights Against Insurers) Regulations 2002 to effectively enable a Claimant to pursue the insurer of a vehicle despite the fact that the driver of the same is unknown. This article, drafted by Park Square Barristers’ insurance indemnity specialists, Richard Paige and Judy Dawson, looks at the Court of Appeal judgment and the implications for the insurance industry.’

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Park Square Barristers, 19th June 2017

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Lorries illegally polluting the atmosphere with emission ‘cheats’ face crackdown – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 26th, 2017 in environmental protection, news, pollution, road traffic, transport by sally

‘Lorries that are illegally polluting the atmosphere via emission “cheats” face a crackdown, with random checks beginning in August.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th June 2017

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Whip-lash away? – Counsel

Posted June 9th, 2017 in barristers, bills, costs, damages, judges, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘As the general election pauses the planned whiplash reforms, Robert Weir QC examines the winners and losers, implications for personal injury litigation and disproportionate impact on the junior Bar.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

S v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

S v Director of Public Prosecutions [2017] EWHC 1162 (Admin)

‘The defendant was charged with an offence of tampering with a motor vehicle contrary to section 25 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and tried before justices in the Youth Court. The justices dismissed a submission by the defendant that there was no case to answer and, having heard evidence from the defendant and considered the burden and standard of proof, the justices convicted him. A contemporaneuos note of the justices’ reasons read, inter alia: “We listened to the [defendant’s] evidence which did not persuade us that there was no intention to tamper with the [motor vehicle]. We are therefore sure you are guilty.”’

WLR Daily, 18th May 2017

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

UK government sued for third time over illegal air pollution from diesels – The Guardian

‘Environmental lawyers are taking the government to the high court for a third time in a bid to remove “major flaws” from minister’s plans to tackle the UK’s illegal levels of air pollution.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2017

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200 drivers a day caught using phones on UK roads after crackdown – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2017 in news, road traffic, statistics, telecommunications by sally

‘More than 200 drivers a day were caught using their mobile phones illegally in the wake of a crackdown on the practice.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2017

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Court of Appeal backs claimant solicitors in “£400 club” case – Litigation Futures

‘Solicitors who received the £400 stage 1 fixed-costs payment due under the original version of the RTA protocol do not have to repay the money even though no action was then taken on their cases, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th May 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com