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“Please, sir, I want some more” –The court’s power to revise costs budgets upwards

In Seekings v Moores [2019] EWHC 1476 (Comm) (May 2019), the Defendant sought to revise his costs budgets upwards by a total of over £130,000 on the basis that there had been significant developments in the litigation. HHJ Worster, sitting as a…

9 Gough Chambers welcomes Max Melsa to Chambers

Max joined Chambers from 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings and has a strong Common Law practice.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Max worked as a County Court Advocate. He worked with Gerard McDermott QC on several catastrophic personal injury cases…

Professional Negligence Briefing – July 2019


Illegality and the doctrine of “ex turpi causa non oritur acta” rival the issue of vicarious liability for the number of appellate level decisions they have generated in recent years. In Patel v…

The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 9 (2019)

Andrew Warnock QC has written the chapter reviewing the Supreme Court’s decisions in the fields of personal injury, professional responsibility and tort during the 2017-2018 legal year in the UK Supreme Court Yearbook volume 9. The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 9…

‘Dangerous’ offenders in ‘premeditated’ attack sentenced to 25 years

James Thacker and Jennie Oborne successfully prosecuted a “vicious, shameful and premeditated” attack committed with the intention of procuring a miscarriage in June 2019.

Harief Pearson (21), Kydie McKenna (22) and a 16 year old girl each pleaded guilty to attempting to…

Life Expectancy Evidence in Personal Injury Claims: Case Update

In the recent hearing in Dodds v Arif & Anor [2019] EWHC 1512 (QB) Master Davison refused the defendant’s application to rely on a specialist report in relation to the claimant’s life expectancy and gave a helpful overview of the principles involved…

Costs set off in QOCS cases

Consider the following, not unusual, scenario. In a case subject to QOCS, a defendant makes an early offer to settle. The claimant does not accept the offer and runs the case to trial. The claim succeeds and the judge awards the claimant…

XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

In the case of XX (Respondent) v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust (Appellant) permission to appeal to the Supreme Court has been granted. The Appeal has been listed for 16th and 17th December 2019, with a time estimate of 1.5 days.

Whittington Hospital…

Personal Injury Briefing – June 2019

Recent years have seen the Courts being better equipped to deal with the question of how to deal with claimants who falsify or exaggerate claims. As a body of case law begins to develop, this issue of the PI Briefing traces its…

Kyah Mufti secures acquittal in a case with multiple charges of Assaulting a Police Officer

Kyah Mufti defended a young man, CA, in this case where the police officer intending to conduct a search of CA under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, had begun to handcuff CA without explanation or reason.
CA’s consequent struggle with…

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