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 Ex turpi causa is one of those doctrines which we learn when we study law but rarely get to use in anger.  But in a judgment published today the Court of Appeal has upheld a judge’s decision to deny the claimant any recovery against his uncle whose dangerous driving caused him a serious head injury.


The London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association has a new website.  

The nation’s passion for cosmetic enhancement continues apace.  When I was a child we Brits were as perplexed by the American obsession with even shiny white teeth as the Americans were by our yellow snaggly tombstones.  Nowadays simply turning on the television can be blinding.  Every presenter, actor and popstar seems to bare even rows

Most people don’t know that the NHS has a list of “never events”, being a list of preventable events that should never happen.  The October 2012 Never Events Policy Framework defines never events as “serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented by healthcare providers”. 

Fancy some feedback?  The criminal Bar is having to come to terms with the prospect of barristers being formally assessed every year by the judiciary if they wish to continue in practice – under a system called QASA (Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates).  And civil practitioners are warned that it could be coming their way

In a judgment handed down last week the Court of Appeal upheld a decision in favour of a family doctor accused of negligence for failing to refer a very young baby to hospital with meningitis.  In Doy v Gunn [2013] EWCA Civ 493 the complaint was that the GP wrongly diagnosed colic.  If the child had

Cynical defendant lawyers regard applications under s 33 of the Limitation Act to extend time for bringing personal injury proceedings as invariably going the claimants’ way.  Some see it as effectively a statutory abolition of the limitation period.      However, the High Court has this week refused an extension for a claimant with lung cancer

When I was at law school we only allowed to produce skeleton arguments for moots if they did not exceed four sentences in length. It was no easy task, but it really forced one to be as lexically economical and phraseologically elegant as possible.   However since, I have been encouraged to be far more

  In recent years, the maxim of res ipsa loquitur has fallen out of fashion. Whether this reflects the more robust procedural rules governing disclosure (meaning that the cause of an accident can normally be ascertained) or the modern judicial dislike of distracting and potentially misleading latin epithets, is unclear. The low-point for the doctrine

Choosing car seats is an agonising and expensive process for parents.  Group 0? Group 0+? Straight to a Group 2 or via Group1?  Rearward facing to age 4 or forward facing from age 1?  It is confusing, stressful and wrapped up with heavy societal pressure to be a “good parent”.  Like seatbelts and cycle helmets the courts

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