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Times Law Report: Kew v Bettamix Ltd and Others

The Court of Appeal case of Kew v Bettamix Ltd and Others, November 14 2006, has been reported in the 4th December edition of The Times. John Ross QC and Ivor Collett of 1 Chancery Lane acted for the defendants. The case is authority on the circumstances in which adverse costs orders may be made in personal injury claims. The Court of Appeal found that the...

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Local authority's duties to foster carers: Lambert v Cardiff CC

On January 11th 2007 judgment was handed down in the case of Lambert v Cardiff CC. The claimants were foster carers who had been subjected to a campaign of abusive phone calls by a child formerly fostered by them and had suffered psychiatric injury as a result. They brought proceedings against the defendant local authority alleging negligence, breach of contract...

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New Editions of The Legal 500 (2006 ed.) and Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession (2007 ed.)

1 Chancery Lane has improved its listings in the latest editions of The Legal 500 (2006 ed.) and Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession (2007 ed.).

Listed in The Legal 500 as a leading civil common law set, we are also listed as a leading set in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Education and Police law. Members of chambers are...

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Pennington v Surrey County Council: Regulation 4 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations

The Court of Appeal has recently handed down judgment in the case of Pennington v Surrey County Council [2006] EWCA Civ 1493. The claim was for personal injury suffered by a firefighter in the course of his employment. Surrey County Council appealed the decision at first instance that a piece of life saving equipment used worldwide by firefighters to rescue...

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New Book on Mediation Advocacy Published

'Mediation Advocacy' written by Andrew Goodman and Alastair Hammerton of 1 Chancery Lane has just been published. The book is aimed at lawyers and other professional advocates who represent clients in mediation. Both Andrew Goodman and Alastair Hammerton have extensive experience representing clients in mediations. Andrew Goodman is also an accredited CEDR...

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Ashley v Chief Constable of Sussex: Leave to Appeal Granted

The House of Lords has granted the defendant leave to appeal from the decision in Ashley v Chief Constable of Sussex [2006] The Times August 30th [2006] EWCA Civ 1085. The appeal raises two questions: whether it is an abuse of process for a claimant to pursue a private law claim for assault and battery to seek a declaration when a defendant has agreed to pay...

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Secretary of State not entitled to withold arrears of benefit: Brown v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Brown v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on February 14th 2007. The appellant had been overpaid benefit which was held not to be recoverable under statute. There had been substantial delay in the making of a decision, during which the appellant's benefit had been suspended. The Secretary of State argued that the...

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