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The Dekagram 24th April 2023

This week the team look at what some will find a surprising development in the doctrine of novus actus interveniens in the context of medical interventions, and ask whether we’re likely to see an increase in claims against the NHS as a…

The Dekagram 17th April 2023

We were interested to read the surprise news that the start date for the extension of the fixed costs regime has now been confirmed, although naturally the rules themselves, and the fixed sums, have yet to be publicised. Meanwhile, a recent case…

Court of Appeal provides guidance on relevant principles and approach to directions for mobile phone extraction in family proceedings

All things being as they should be, mobile phone evidence will find its way into proceedings in the family court via the police, who will have seized and extracted mobile phone data as part of their criminal investigation. However, there are cases…

The Dekagram 11th April 2023

We trust our readers enjoyed their long weekend and that they have returned to the fray, like us, refreshed and ready for anything. Just before the break judgment was handed down in a gastric claim which brought into focus a number of…

New QOCS Rules Come into Force this Week

Shortly before Christmas, I wrote

Medicine and law – “little territory in common?”

Simon Readhead KC, President of the Medico-Legal Society, gave his Presidential Address on 13th October 2022.

Professor Harry Zeitlin: Can I welcome you all.By way of introduction, I am Harry Zeitlin; I am stepping down now as President. It has been a…

The Line of Duty: Police and the Duty of Care

When do the police owe a duty of care in the tort of negligence?

For many years, cases involving alleged duties of care on the part of the police, were decided, or at least appeared to be decided, on policy grounds….

The Dekagram 27th March 2023

This week the team has been musing on the forthcoming Coronation – as our readers will know, we do love a party. Speaking of which, it’s Silks Day, and as a consequence Sarah Prager will be spending the day in fancy dress,…

The Dekagram 20th March 2023

In the context of news that millions of pounds’ worth of County Court judgments in Great Covid Refund Claims remain unpaid, and with further millions of pounds’ worth of refund vouchers as yet unclaimed, we were interested to see that a voucher-holding…

Re C (‘Parental Alienation’; Instruction of Expert) [2023]: Red Light Spells Danger – but not a definitive embargo on instructing unregistered and unchartered psychologists

In determining the applicant mother’s appeal against an order made by HH Judge Davies refusing her permission to reopen findings of fact, the President gave guidance relating to the instruction of experts in family proceedings where there is an allegation of parental…

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