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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


“The Bank was just able to put salt upon his tail – and only just.” So says a prison warder in Dickens’ David Copperfield of how Uriah Heep came to be convicted and sentenced to transportation for life for “fraud, forgery and conspiracy” in a “deep plot for a large sum” against the Bank of


The unanimous judgment of the CA was given by presiding judge Lord Justice Lloyd. Sir Stanley Burnton and Lord Hughes of Ombersley (who has been elevated to the Supreme Court bench since the appeal hearing took place) completed the bench, and the CA partially overturned the decision of Mrs Justice Slade (reported at [2012] EWHC


Is a claimant entitled to disclosure of previous claims or complaints against a professional on the basis evidence of past transactions show a propensity to negligence? The House of Lords set out the test for admissability of “similar fact” evidence in civil proceedings in O’Brien v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2005] 2 WLR


Criminal lawyers are often asked how they can bring themselves to defend people who they know are guilty.  Actually, I am asked that not infrequently too…  But the more common dinner party accusation aimed at civil common law lawyers is: “Pft!  Nanny state!  People can sue for anything nowadays!  Don’t people have to take some


Summer school trips were one of the high points of the year when I was a child. I don’t think anyone wholly forgets the bubbling anticipation that comes with the prospect of a totally brilliant trip.  Some were better than others.  An adventure weekend to Windermere where we jumped out of canoes and walked rope bridges was


News reaches us that Mr Scullion abandoned his appeal to the Supreme Court the day it was due to be heard.  This means that the law remains as set out by the Court of Appeal [2011] EWCA Civ 693 – that is to say, that the principle in Smith v Bush  [1990] 1 A.C. 831 only applies


It has been two weeks since the legal aid provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) came into force on 1 April 2013. More of a whimper than a bang on an inauspicious day. Will LASPO achieve its objectives: to reduce the legal aid bill and reduce the number of


It is still far too early to know precisely what effect the Jackson reforms relating to costs in personal injury cases will have on professional negligence claims. Given the extent of the changes they are undoubtedly going to spawn a number of claims against solicitors for not using the rules to best advantage. But I


I turned 29 this week. As I reminisced about the days when hangovers were a mild inconvenience to be overcome within a matter of hours, my attention was drawn to a recent case arising out of an end-of-GCSE party, a paddling pool and an attempted bellyflop that went tragically wrong. On 20 July 2006, Ryan


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