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2015

And the DoH wonder why there is a rise in adverse incidents and costs…

A very recent review (published on 8th December 2015) into the quality of English NHS complaints investigations by the Health Service Ombudsman where serious or avoidable harm has been alleged has led to a number of shocking findings that:

 40% of investigations…

The English Claimant and the French uninsured tortfeasor: claims against the MIB

 
Marshall & Pickard v MIB & Others [2015] EWHC 3421 (QB)
 
These claims arose out of a road traffic accident in the municipality of Thiais, France on 19 August 2012. Mr Pickard, a UK national domiciled in…

John Foy QC and Stuart McKechnie secure compensation of over £11m for a teenager who suffered brain damage after a negligent operation

A teenage boy who suffered catastrophic brain damage following an operation at Walsall Manor Hospital has been awarded compensation with a capitalised value of over £11.5million in his life time.  He went into hospital in 2006 for a surgical procedure but suffered…

Court orders rehabilitation of child to mother following successful appeal

Esther Maclachlan represented a mother in care proceedings which resulted in the local authority’s application for a placement order being dismissed and the court ordering that the child be returned to the mother’s care. 
Esther advised the mother on the prospects…

Tom Restall successfully appeals decision to refuse leave to oppose adoption

The case concerned what constituted a ‘change of circumstances’ for the purposes of s47 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. When placement orders were made, the children were aged 5 and 7. The local authority’s care plan had been to attempt…

Autumn Statement for PI Lawyers

 
The government has released a summary of the Autumn Statement with 20 Key Announcements, the last of which will be of great interest to personal injury lawyers. It reads as follows:
 
 
“20. People will no…

Small claims track limit for PI to be increased

In today’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that the Government intends to raise the small claims track limit for PI claims from £1,000 to £5,000, meaning that only small claims track fixed costs will be recoverable for lower value claims.
The Chancellor…

Andrew Ritchie QC obtains over £1.5million for claimant injured in an accident at work

Andrew Ritchie QC represented the Claimant and obtained a settlement of £1,680,000 in T v Cremat Developments last week. 
The Claimant aged 28 had fallen and suffered fractures of both ankles whilst working on his employer’s site.  He received pain, suffering…

Tara Vindis completes long running family care case

Tara’s longest running family case (24 months) ended this week with two of the four children being returned to their mother’s care and the youngest two being placed with a maternal aunt under Special Guardianship Orders. Tara was instructed by the local…

Is an extension to the SAAMCO principle on the horizon?

Background

Property valuation is seldom an exact science; it involves the consideration of both present factors and future contingencies.  With the property crashes of the last two decades came a wealth of litigation considering both the scope of the duty of…

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