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Van Niekerk v Carnival Plc & Anor.  LTL 13/6/12 (QB, HHJ Seymour QC) This claim concerned further directions for a High Court trial that was listed a little over 2 months after a Pre-trial review in which further permissions for expert evidence were sought. The Claimant’s husband had died on holiday while he
CASE REPORT:- AXN & Ors v (1) John Worboys (2) Inceptum Insurance Co Ltd (formerly HSBC Insurance (UK) LTD)  EWHC 1730 (QB) The preliminary issues concerned whether, and to what extent, the claimants had, in addition to their claims against Worboys, valid causes of action against the defendant insurer as the provider of
Cars are getting more intelligent. Mine tells me when to change gear, puts its own windscreen wipers on and tells me off by beeping if I am late putting on my seatbelt. But modern cars are set to make mine very much look like the dunce of the class. A leading German car maker
In a truly Phyrrhic victory for the Defendant, the Supreme Court has just handed down a judgment overruling Ul-Haq v Shah and Widlake v BAA. In Fairclough Homes v Summers  UKSC 26 the Supreme Court held that it is open to a judge to strike out a fraudulently exaggerated claim on grounds of abuse
When John Major launched the ill-fated “Back-to-Basics” campaign in 1993 he sought to recall an image of Britain: warm beer, old maids bicycling to church and long shadows on the cricket ground. With the greatest respect to Sir John I would suggest he missed various other specifically British images, one of which is the noble
Readers who have the unfortunate daily penance of commuting in London may like me find some form of diversion in picking up a copy of the Evening Standard newspaper. If you had yesterday, you may have seen an article pointing out the wide disparity in the life expectancy of London men, depending on which area
The case of R (on the application of Sharing) v Preston County Court [EWHC 515] is perhaps a surprising one to comment on in a personal injury blog. It concerns wrongful eviction, rent arrears and judicial review. However it is of wider interest because the claimant, whose claim for damages was dismissed by the district
CASE REPORT: – Scott v Symons (2012) CA (Civ Div) 19/06/2012 At first instance, a motorcyclist was held responsible for a road traffic accident by riding his motorcycle onto the wrong side of the road. The motorcyclist himself had been injured by a car and gave the sole oral testimony at the trial.
The discount for loss of a chance is not confined to future losses. It also applies to the hypothetical past. Many injured claimants had plans to start work or resume work only for such plans to be delayed or obliterated by an injury. Defendants shouldn’t assume that claimants who were unemployed at the time of
Solicitors Regulation Authority v Dennison  EWCA Civ 421 Mr Dennison was a solicitor in a firm specialising in personal injury claims. He also had an interest in a company providing medical reports for use in litigation. He used his position in the firm to instruct the company to prepare medical reports for his clients.