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The Times reports today that ‘millions of people risk being labelled as mentally ill under new classifications which have prompted calls for a boycott by psychologists (The Times, March 20 2013). The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is due out in May and it is reported that dozens of


The European Commission has today announced proposals to extend air passenger rights. If approved by member states and the European Parliament, the measures will come into force in 2015. The new measures would include: Clarifying the meaning of ‘extraordinary circumstances’; Requiring airlines to re-route passengers who have been delayed by more than 12 hours, using


In the Republic of Ireland this week the Supreme Court is being asked to consider one of the country’s largest lender cases of recent years: KBC Bank Ireland Plc v BCM Hanby Wallace (http://www.courts.ie/__80256F2B00356A6B.nsf/0/01F5B8435ABFB92080257A06003D46C3).   In March 2012 Mr Justice McGovern held that the Defendant firm of solicitors had not merely breached its duty in


Some of the readership may have heard there was a move by the Civil Justice Council to rebrand LiP’s “Self Representing Litigants”.   This is now not going to happen. Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls has stated:   “The term ‘Litigant in Person’ (LiP) should continue to be the sole term used to describe individuals who exercise


No Laughing Matter

  Regular readers of this blog (or bLAWg) may have realised that I am keen on law-related stories from across the Atlantic, having received something of an insight into the Floridian legal system last year. Such readers may also have noted my propensity for posting on Friday as a means of providing some light relief…


The Government’s attempt to remove civil liability for breaches of health and safety regulations suffered a major setback this week when the House of Lords voted down the proposed amendment to the Health and Safety at Work Act which would restrict injured employees to bringing claims against their employers in negligence.   Previous entries on


As regular readers will recall, the Health and Social Care Act (HSCA) 2012 received Royal Assent on 27 March 2012. Many of its key reforms take effect on 1 April 2013.   The HSCA has attracted strong opposition from the medical profession. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, warned in March 2012 that “people will


At the heart of an application for pre-action disclosure (“PAD”) in a prospective case where there is no issue as to the correct parties being implicated, is a bifurcated test. The first element consists of a jurisdictional test: would the documents sought fall within standard disclosure? The second element consists of a discretional element: is


Is it just me or should we all be concerned about the way in which the legislation to implement Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations is being introduced?       Why have there been so few announcements about what are, after all, radical and far reaching public policy changes? If we as legal professionals are unsure about


In re L and Anor (Children) (Preliminary Finding: Power to Reverse) [2013] UKSC 8 the Supreme Court considered the circumstances where a judge was entitled to depart from such a preliminary judgment or ruling. Whilst the underlying facts of this case being appealed related family proceedings, however Supreme Court’s ruling is very likely to be


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