When deciding whether a licence holder (or an applicant for a licence) is of good repute, what can a Traffic Commissioner take into account? – Henderson Chambers

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in licensing, news, road traffic, transport by sally

‘The Senior Traffic Commissioner had decided in 2015 that a corporate bus operator in Blackpool (now known as Catch 22 Bus Ltd) and its sole shareholder and managing director (Mr Higgs) should lose their licences to operate buses and be disqualified for holding such a licence for 7 years.’

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Henderson Chambers, 18th June 2019

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Anger with MoJ over whiplash reforms begins to boil over – Legal Futures

‘Both the claimant and defendant representatives have expressed frustration with the progress of the government’s whiplash reforms, and doubted it will be ready for April 2020 as planned.’

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Legal Futures, 26th June 2019

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M4 Newport relief road scrapped: environment v economics – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 26th, 2019 in environmental protection, inquiries, news, planning, road traffic, roads, Wales by sally

‘Plans to build a fourteen mile, six lane motorway through the Gwent Levels south of Newport to relieve congestion on the M4 have been scrapped by the Welsh government. The announcement by first minister Mark Drakeford was welcomed by environmentalists, local residents and small businesses who opposed the scheme at last year’s public inquiry. Alasdair Henderson, Dominic Ruck Keene and Hannah Noyce from 1 Crown Office Row with other barristers from Guildhall Chambers (Brendon Moorhouse) and Garden Court (Irena Sabic and Grace Brown) represented Gwent Wildlife Trust and an umbrella of other environmental objectors in the proceedings which lasted from February 2017 to September 2018. All these barristers acted for free.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th June 2019

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Boy died in car crash after mother ‘lost control when spider fell on her hand’ – The Independent

‘An 11-year-old boy died in a head-on crash after his mother veered on to the wrong side of the road when a spider fell on her hand, an inquest has heard.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2019

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Insurers agree to be bound by ADR in new whiplash system – Legal Futures

‘Defendant insurers have agreed to be bound by the outcome of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process being built into the new whiplash system, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 13th June 2019

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Kenneth Noye: Police still investigating murder of key witness in road-rage killer’s trial 19 years ago – The Independent

Posted May 29th, 2019 in murder, news, police, road traffic, witnesses by tracey

‘The unsolved assassination of a key witness who helped to put road-rage killer Kenneth Noye behind bars remains under investigation by detectives, police have said.’

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The Independent, 28th May 2019

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M25 killer Kenneth Noye to be freed from prison – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in early release, murder, news, parole, recidivists, rehabilitation, road traffic by tracey

‘M25 road-rage killer Kenneth Noye is to be released from prison, the Parole Board has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2019

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Tribunal rejects law firm’s bid to strike out disability claim – Legal Futures

‘An employment tribunal has said it would be “wholly inappropriate” to strike out a disability discrimination claim against a law firm from a legal secretary suffering from depression.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd May 2019

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Test to escape fixed costs in ex-portal cases is “high bar” – Litigation Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2019 in accidents, costs, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘The ‘exceptional circumstances’ test by which claimants whose cases exit the RTA portal can claim more than fixed recoverable costs is a high, rather than a low, bar, the High Court has held.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd April 2019

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Clean air zones: Where will UK drivers pay for polluting? – BBC News

‘Drivers of the most polluting vehicles now have to pay to drive into central London – and soon other towns and cities across the UK will follow suit.’

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BBC News. 12th April 2019

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CA upholds challenge to routine 100% success fee in low-value PI – Litigation Futures

‘Solicitors handling low-value personal injury claims since LASPO should have undertaken risk assessments before setting success fees – rather than just applying 100% across the board – the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd April 2019

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Unrepresented PI litigants to receive “expert view” on claims – Legal Futures

‘Unrepresented personal injury (PI) claimants under the new whiplash regime will have paid-for access to an “independent view” of their claim, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 1st April 2019

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Colette McCulloch inquest: Autistic woman’s death ‘avoidable tragedy’ – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in alcohol abuse, autism, care homes, inquests, news, road traffic by tracey

‘The death of an autistic woman hit by a lorry on the A1 was an “avoidable tragedy”, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2019

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Fundamental dishonesty “should lead to strike-out of whole claim” – Litigation Futures

‘A finding of fundamental dishonesty in a personal injury claim should mean an associated credit hire claim is also struck out, a circuit judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th March 2019

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Cameron (Respondent) v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Limited (Appellant) – 39 Essex Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously held in Cameron v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd that the driver of a car, who was not anonymous but could not just be identified, cannot be sued under a pseudonym or description.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 21st February 2019

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An updated driverless testing code for the UK recognises remote operators – Technology Law Update

Posted March 8th, 2019 in codes of practice, consultations, health & safety, news, road traffic by sally

‘The UK Government has published a revised Code of Practice on trials of automated vehicles. This is open for comments until 6 May 2019.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th March 2019

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Alfie Lamb: Car death accused mum guilty of cruelty – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in child cruelty, homicide, news, perverting the course of justice, road traffic by tracey

‘The mother of a three-year-old boy allegedly crushed by a car seat has been found guilty of child cruelty.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2019

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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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