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Presented at the PEOPIL Conference, May 2019. Introduction Mrs X and her husband booked a 14 night all-inclusive package holiday to Sri Lanka. In the early hours of 17 July 2010 Mrs X made her way on foot (alone) from the Hotel room that she shared with her husband towards the Hotel reception. On her


More stop and search powers for the police

On 31st March 2019 the Home Secretary announced that he was giving more power to the police to exercise the power contained in section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to stop and search without having reasonable suspicion that the person being searched has done anything wrong. As enacted, the statutory


Sherratt v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2018] EWHC; 1746 (QB) [2019] P.I.Q.R. P1 This is a confusingly written judgment which I am firmly of the opinion is wrong. It is, however, interesting for how it is wrong. The basis of the claim is the unfortunate suicide of a woman whose mother had made


Diamond v Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWCA Civ 585 Lord Faulks QC and Laura Johnson have successfully resisted an appeal on causation in a case concerning consent to medical treatment. The Claimant (C) brought a claim for clinical negligence arising out of spinal fusion surgery performed on 6 December 2010 and


Several members of Chambers have experience in police law, particularly in civil actions against the police, Article 2 inquests and judicial review, and a number of members are recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as leaders in the field. Members act for a broad range of police forces including the Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley and Wiltshire

Suicide is a topic that many of us find difficult to discuss. Attempts on one’s own life, particularly if unsuccessful, are not commonly spoken about, let alone raised in personal injury proceedings. However, can a defendant raise that a claimant should be contributorily negligent for an unsuccessful suicide attempt? This issue was briefly explored by Mrs Justice Whipple


In this inaugural briefing for our Public Law Group, Saleem Khalid and Richard Collier take a detailed look at some of the key cases of the last twelve months affecting public authority liability. The Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of CN v Poole is (surely!) due shortly, whilst permission to appeal to the Supreme


QOCS, otherwise known as Qualified One-way Costs Shifting, leaves defendants out of pocket when defending claims, unless a defendant can satisfy one of the few exceptions in the Civil Procedure Rules to merit its disapplication. In particular, CPR 44.15 provides several exceptions where permission of the Court is not required to to enforce a costs


Suppose you are under a professional obligation to do an act by no later than the end of 2 June, in default of which your client will suffer immediate loss. You can comply with your obligation by doing the act in question (for example, online) at any time up until midnight on that date. If,


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