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I recently appeared for the Claimant, JG, in a strike out application brought by the Defendant, a no-frills airline. It is an important reminder that courts should refuse to strike out proceedings that may, after evidence at trial, result in any number of desirable developments in the law. Background In brief terms, JG’s claim concerns


Police Law Briefing – April 2020

In our latest Police Law Briefing, 1 Chancery Lane’s Geoffrey Weddell discusses the potential liability of police forces for the contraction of Covid-19 by police officers or staff and Ella Davis provides us with a quick refresher on managing Human Rights Act claims and a reminder of the key practical and procedural issues to consider when


Business as Usual

In the past few weeks some courts have moved back towards “business as usual” with increased use of video conferencing technology. Zachary Bredemear of 1 Chancery Lane acted for the successful party in a multi-track trial before HHJ Backhouse in Central London County Court conducted using Skype for Business and offers the following thoughts. “The


Back to Brexit

Do you remember Brexit? When viewed through a rose-tinted lens, the shenanigans of 2019 seem like carefree days of whimsical and costless political indulgence. The fact that, at a critical stage in the (time-limited) transition period negotiations, the principal negotiator on each side was self-isolating with suspected covid-19 might appear like posterity’s sardonic comment on


Barclays Bank

For my previous analysis of the Court of Appeal’s decision, please see here. It seems the Supreme Court agreed with me; perhaps they read my article? I’m going to assume so, and take some/most of the credit. Splendid, glad that’s settled. In a group litigation claim 126 Claimants sought damages from Barclays Bank (“the Bank”)


If Covid-19 can be compared to a butterfly, and we think it can, the effects of its flutterings are starting to be felt in increasingly unexpected ways. Who could have predicted that, as we reported last week, a South Korean resort would be bringing proceedings against two tourists; or that the Hawaiian Tourism Authority would


  In Mohamud v Morrisons Supermarkets (2016) AC 677, Lord Dyson MR observed that: “To search for certainty and precision in vicarious liability is to undertake a quest for a chimaera”   Whilst absolute certainty and precision may remain unattainable goals in this area of the law, a consistent set of principles, applicable across all


One of the (very few) consolations of the present emergency has been the chance to catch up on the great television of years past. I have spent this week bingeing on the BBC’s 1994 adaptation of Middlemarch. My own advancing years have lent a new sympathy for Eliot’s Reverend Edward Casaubon (brilliantly played by Patrick


CPR Part 3.1(f) contains the Court’s powers to stay a claim.  When will the court exercise these powers in the face of a claimant refusing to undergo the defendant’s request for a medical examination?  This is the question that the Court had to consider recently in the case of Dorrington v Basildon and Thurrock University


As restrictions have now been lifted, our clerks continue to work in Chambers. Our priority remains safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all our barristers, staff, clients and visitors. We will continue to offer remote hearings, conferences, meetings and mediations by phone and various video conferencing platforms. We can provide separate conference rooms for all

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