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Supreme Court gives judgment in historic child abuse case

The Supreme Court has given judgment in the historic child abuse case of Catholic Child Welfare Society v The Institute of Christian Brothers. 

The Court held that there were two stages in establishing vicarious liability: first whether the relationship between the abuser and the defendant was capable of giving rise to vicarious liability; and secondly...

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1 Chancery Lane's Successes in Chambers and Partners 2013

We are delighted to be ranked by Chambers and Partners as the leading set for Travel Law in the UK and one of the leading sets for Clinical Negligence, Professional Negligence, Personal Injury and Police Law.

Members of Chambers are also listed as leading practitioners in the fields of Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Education, Local Government, Professional...

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Proprietary Estoppel: Joyce v Epsom and Ewell BC

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a more flexible approach can be appropriate in a proprietary estoppel claim if the Defendant has encouraged the Claimant. Crabb v Arun DC [1976] 1 Ch. 179 has long stood out as a case which shows how flexible the doctrine of proprietary estoppel can be. In that case the plaintiff succeeded in establishing an entitlement to a...

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Financial Misselling: Charmaine Emptage v. Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd [2012] EWHC 2708 (Admin).

Re-mortgage of English property to purchase Spanish investment property: basis of compensation from Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The Administrative Court has just decided an important case upon a mortgagor’s entitlement to compensation under the Financial Services Authority Compensation Scheme (‘the Scheme’) that is likely to have...

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RS (By his father and litigation friend TU) v Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

The Court has approved the settlement of a claim by a 16 year-old boy suffering from cerebral palsy resulting from a negligent delay in performing a Caesarian Section. The Claimant had previously established liability at a trial of a preliminary issue. The Claimant was to recover : (i) a lump sum of £1.8m; (ii) an annual periodical payment linked to RPI...

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Simon Readhead QC appointed Bencher by Middle Temple

Chambers is delighted to announce that Simon Readhead QC was recently appointed a Bencher by Middle Temple.  Other Benchers in Chambers are Lord Faulks QC, John Ross QC, Alastair Hammerton and Andrew Goodman.

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Court of Appeal Modifies 10% Increase to Damages Ruling

On 10th October the Court of Appeal modified its ruling in Simmons v Castle as to how the 10 per cent increase in general damages recommended by Lord Justice Jackson will be applied.

The Court of Appeal made clear that Claimants who entered into CFAs before 1st April 2013 (who have the benefit of the current funding regime) will not benefit from this uplift.


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Court of Appeal gives guidance on fire damage

The Court of Appeal gave important guidance on the application of the rule in Rylands v Fletcher to damage by fire on 4th October 2012.

In Stannard v Gore [2012] EWCA Civ 1248 the appellant had stored over 3,000 tyres at his premises when a fire broke out causing damage to the respondent’s property.  At first instance Recorder Potts found the appellant...

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