Holding out for the Heroism Bill by James Cullen

The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (dubbed by some the “Sarah Bill”) is being returned to the House of Commons, with amendments, following its final reading in the House of Lords on 6 January 2015. The much-maligned and exceptionally brief Bill seeks to introduce a requirement that courts deciding negligence and/or breach of statutory duty cases and in determining the s... [Continue Reading]

Railing against expanding highway authorities' duties of care by Andrew Spencer

  There is a very useful discussion in the recent case of Foulds v Devon County Council about the nature of a highway authority’s common law duty to road users.   The issue in the case was whether a highways authority had assumed a common law duty of care to road users in respect of railings erected on a low wall between the highway and a steep drop. A cyclist lost control and... [Continue Reading]

A prediction for 2015: costs budgeting is doomed by Ian Miller

With the new year come predictions as to what will happen in 2015. Tom Standage of the Economist predicts that our smart phones will become smarter with the use of anticipatory or predictive intelligence - our phones may suggest we leave earlier for a dinner date if the traffic is bad or offer sending a message to other participants if we are late for meetings. Paul Lee of Deloittes predicts drone... [Continue Reading]

Application of Procedural Rules and Litigants-in-Person by Thomas Crockett

There can be little doubt that modern litigation involves the increased presence of people representing themselves in court. Particularly amongst some kindlier judges (in all courts) there could be said frequently to be a culture of benevolence towards such litigants-in-person when it comes to non-compliance with the Civil Procedure Rules and other procedural rules.   This can lead to si... [Continue Reading]

Prosecution of PI Fraud by Thomas Crockett

Any regular reader of the PIBlawg will be aware that I have an interest in fraudulent personal injury claims, being involved as I am in numerous cases where a vast range of fraud is alleged by Defendant parties (also see http://bit.ly/1vRcuWT; http://bit.ly/1znwXHI; http://bit.ly/1GokHKm).   In recent years there appears to have been a change in culture of insurers, who are far more prep... [Continue Reading]

Rome II and the Law of the Tort by Matthew Chapman

Those with an interest in the Rome II Regulation (there must be someone else out there) may already be familiar with the recent decision of Slade J in Winrow v Hemphill & Anor. [2014] EWHC 3164 (QB). This short piece focuses on one aspect of the judgment. First, however, a quick recap. The claim arose out of a road traffic accident in Germany in November 2009. The Claimant was a UK national, d... [Continue Reading]

Compensating an injured foetus - the CA's decision by Ian Miller

Can a child make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in circumstances where it has been injured by its mother’s excessive alcohol consumption during pregnancy? What duty of care is owed by a mother to her unborn child? The Court of Appeal has ruled* that a child could not claim compensation from the CICA. It was not disputed that the child suffered from an injur... [Continue Reading]

Whiplash and fraudulent claims by Ian Miller

The justice secretary spoke to the Association of British Insurers yesterday telling them about the new panels of medical experts in whiplash claims, reported The Times today. The government’s plans for such panels have long been known about but he announced that accredited experts would be allocated randomly to cases going through the Portal. He said there was an expectation that there woul... [Continue Reading]

Court of Appeal Judgment - Lougheed v On the Beach Limited [2014] by Sarah Prager

Court of Appeal re-emphasises the need for evidence of local standards in cases brought under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. On 27 November 2014, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Lougheed v On the Beach Limited [2014] EWCA Civ in which I acted for the Appellant. The claim arose out of a slipping accident which took place in Spain. At first insta... [Continue Reading]

Schedules and the Gadget Generation 2: Activity Apps and Damages by Rhiannon Lewis

Judges and practitioners alike are routinely confronted with substantial claims for care and assistance following an accident, with claimants alleging that their injuries have restricted their ability to carry out various domestic chores.  Further, awards of general damages include considerations of loss of amenity, for example where a claimant complains that they are unable to exercise or en... [Continue Reading]

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