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As we draw to the close of 2013, one case from this year which did not receive as much attention as I expected was Hunt & Ors. v Strutt & Parker & Ors. [2013] EWHC 681 (TCC).  It is most rare to have a judgment concerning Professional Consulting Certificates (“PCCs”) issued by an architect, essentially

At 2am on 26 January 2006 Jonathan Boyle was at a bus stop on Grove Road in East London with a friend.  They had been out that evening and had been drinking.  At the same time a police car was being driven south along the road on the way to deal with a pub fight,

The Court of Appeal handed down judgment today in the landmark case of Japp v Virgin Holidays [2013] EWCA Civ 1371, dismissing the Defendant’s appeal and upholding the first instance finding of liability. This is now the most authoritative decision on local standards for structural features of hotels in holiday claims. Andrew Spencer represented the

  A Defendant’s Nightmare?   Sarah Davison would normally get to her desk by 6 a.m., work for twelve hours and often head out thereafter to meet and entertain clients. Sleep felt like it was secondary to achievement. She worked in a macho environment and her boss was a man who, in the words of

The usual rule in many cases is that costs are summarily assessed by the judge at the conclusion of the trial or hearing. Often, however, proceedings run late and there is not time to give an ex tempore judgment, let alone deal with the issue of costs. Likewise, summary assessment may not be possible where

Sex activity is “in every sense a personal choice”.   Ordinarily this truism might not find its way into legal submissions and certainly not submissions by the Solicitor–General of the Commonwealth of Australia. However, ordinarily injuries at work do not arise from a “vigorous” sex session in a motel bedroom.   Regular readers will recall

“Will they or won’t they?” has been the question for many personal injury lawyers wondering whether their practices were about to disappear into oblivion with the raising of the small claims limit. The question has now been answered: “not at this stage”. The government clearly thinks that it would be good to raise it. However

The Supreme Court has today (October 23rd 2013) handed down its unanimous decision in Woodland v Essex CC [2013] UKSC 66, reversing the decisions of the lower courts, and holding for the first time that a school (or, in the case of a maintained school, a local education authority) owes a non-delegable duty to the

The Judiciary of England and Wales have sought to pre-empt the predicted wholesale increase in litigants-in-person by publishing what it has modestly titled ‘A Handbook for Litigants in Person’. I say “modestly” as it runs to some 170 pages and appears on a first read through to be extremely comprehensive. Indeed the learned editors have

The Court of Appeal has given judgment in Sarjantson v The Chief Constable of Humberside Police [2013] EWCA Civ 1252, an important and interesting decision on the operation of police officers’ duties to protect citizens under the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”).   Mr Sarjantson (“C”) was attacked and injured by a group of young

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