Costs budgeting: are incurred costs untouchable? by Ian Miller

How do you get around costs budgeting? One might have thought by incurring considerable costs before the CCMC: Practice direction 3E 7.4 states that the court may not approve costs incurred before the date of a budget. In CIP Properties Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure [2015] EWHC 481 Coulson J came up with an order which would prevent parties to litigation trying to get around the process.... [Continue Reading]

Sherlock Holmes in the Court of Appeal by Roderick Abbott

"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”    The Sign of Four begins with a bored Holmes mired in cocaine addiction, much to the disquiet of Dr Watson. A young woman appears. She has a mystery that needs solving. Holmes solves it. He is cured from his addiction and, by the end of the book,... [Continue Reading]

Scrutiny of Medical Evidence & Physiotherapy Charges in low-value PI cases by Thomas Crockett

I recently acted for an insurer in a routine low value personal injury case (to which QOCS applied) which had an unusual twist.   The claimant claimed damages for neck injuries sustained in a road traffic accident. He signed the Particulars of Claim which were vague as to the description of his injury, but which made reference to an appended medical report. The medical report was of the ... [Continue Reading]

Contribution, limitation and the Athens Convention by Ian Miller

In South West Strategic Health Authority v Bay Island Voyages [2015] EWCA Civ 708 the Court of Appeal considered the scope of the Athens Convention and the nature of the time-bar in Article 16. In coming to its decision, the Court also considered sections 5(1) and 5(2) of the Carriage by Air Act 1961. In the main action, Dr Feest claims damages for personal injury arising out of an accid... [Continue Reading]

Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 665 by Matthew Chapman

On 3 July 2015 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 665 (now available on Lawtel): a fatal road traffic accident and personal injury claim arising out of an “off-package” excursion contract performed in Egypt. In largely dismissing the Defendant’s appeal against the Order of Tugendhat J ([2014] EWHC 273 (QB)), the Court ... [Continue Reading]

Car vs Cyclist: Apportionment of liabilty by Sophie Mortimer

Fenella Sinclair (A protected person by her litigation friend & daughter) v Rachel Joyner [2015] EWHC 1800 (QB). The Claimant was cycling along a rural road. She was in the middle  of the road, standing on her pedals. She was not wearing a helmet. The Defendant was driving her car along the same road in the opposite direction. She had just come around a bend when she saw the Claimant. She... [Continue Reading]

Expert evidence in road traffic cases by Ian Miller

Is the evidence of an expert in cycling safety reasonably required in a personal injury claim arising out of an accident which the claimant alleges was caused by the highway authority’s breach of duty (in respect of maintenance, layout etc)? At a Case Management conference in the case of Allen v Cornwall Council [2015] EWHC 1461 the District Judge gave the claimant permission to re... [Continue Reading]

Guidance as to Litigants-in-Person, a sign of the times? by Thomas Crockett

The Bar Council, Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has produced some joint guidance for lawyers in how to conduct themselves towards a litigant-in-person. The Guide (available at http://bit.ly/1IkTPig) remind practitioners of their professional obligations and that the growing rise in unrepresented parties should be regarded as a sign of the times, rather than a sign of there... [Continue Reading]

Have we started yet? Commencement of contested hearing and CFA uplifts by Thomas Crockett

When a trial begins is of obvious import to any litigant where one or more party is funded by a conditional fee agreement which provides for an uplift per CPR 45.16 and 45.17. Mrs Justice Slade in a recent appeal from Master Campbell held that a contested hearing on the issue of liability had yet to commence before a subsequent settlement.   The facts of James v Ireland [2015] EWHC 1... [Continue Reading]

Direct actions against foreign insurers in PI claims: the sting in the tail by Jack Harding

Barristers and solicitors practising in the field of personal injury litigation arising from accidents abroad have, for some time, been comforted by the fact that - at least as far as EU member states are concerned - it is relatively easy to idenitfy a direct cause of action (under the relevant local law) against the tortious party's insurer, thereby permitting a claim to be brought in the Courts ... [Continue Reading]

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