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Tom Little appears in Administrative Court in important human rights challenge to the level of force that a householder can use on a burglar

Tom Little instructed by the Secretary of State for Justice appears in the Administrative Court before the President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Mr Justice Cranston. The claim, which is resisted by the Secretary of State, alleges that the law of…

Second edition of The PLO Explained released

The Second Edition of the handy guide ‘The PLO Explained’ has just been released by Chambers.
Written by members of the 9 Gough Chambers Family Team, the book is an essential text for practitioners involved in care proceedings.
The second…

Andrew Ritchie QC to represent the families of 15 of the victims of the Tunisian terrorist attack at the inquest into their deaths

Andrew Ritchie QC is to represent the families of 15 victims of the Tunisian terrorist attack at the inquest into their deaths.  Thirty eight people were killed on 26 June 2015 when a gunman open fired at a hotel at the tourists…

Analysis on proportionality in costs assessments: how worried should we be?

Jennifer Newcomb considers the (potentially costly) implications of the analysis of proportionality in practice in the case of Hobbs v Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC B20.
In this recent Senior Courts Costs Office case, Master O’Hare gave…

No dual test for remoteness, says the Court of Appeal

The test for remoteness in tort is damage that is reasonably foreseeable. However the test for remoteness in contract is damage that ought to be in the reasonable contemplation of the parties. There are differences between the two. Damage can be reasonably…

6 Deaf defendants successfully prosecuted for their part in a £750,000 Access to Work Fraud

After a 2 month trial at Southwark Crown Court the jury unanimously found 6 deaf defendants guilty of fraud. 
The fraud had been masterminded by Shahab Reza who was assisted by his wife Shehnaz Reza.  They received sentences of 7 ½…

CPR Resuscitates ENE

Since October 2015 the Civil Procedure Rules have expressly encouraged courts to promote the use of Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”). The latest amendment to the CPR has included ENE as one of the tools for the court to consider as part of…

James Byrne successfully represents Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in the High Court resisting application for appeal by way of case stated and judicial review

In the appeal by way of case stated Mr Justice Goss agreed with James’ argument resisting the court exercise its power to redefine how it should approach cases when a person obtains money from unlawful conduct and argue for a restriction of…

Stroke Caused By Beauty Facial Case Settles

Claims against negligent beauticians and the like are not altogether uncommon. The injuries tend to be dermatological in nature consequent of some allergic reaction to an untested product. But who would have thought it possible, let alone likely, for someone…

Quantity not quality

The decision of Foskett J in [2015] EWCA Civ 1119  who draw a useful distinction between qualitatively and quantitatively different care needs.
The Facts
Mrs Reaney, was admitted to hospital in December 2008 with transverse myelitis….

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