piBlawg

the personal injury and clinical negligence blog

A collaboration between Rebmark Legal Solutions and 1 Chancery Lane

Personal Health Budgets and Heads of Loss - Assistance Animals?

The Times today carried an article entitled “NHS will cough up for music lessons and manicures.” It was referring to the three year trial of personal health budgets, whereby people in the NHS Continuing Care programme are able to determine themselves, how best to spend the money allocated to them.    Their budgets are of course typically spent on many items one routinely se... [More]

Quantum Advice in the Shadow of Jackson

  It may be tempting to ignore the implications of the Jackson reforms until April, however the increase in general damages needs to be factored into quantum assessments now. In short this is because: ·         With effect from 1 April 2013 the level of general damages will increase by 10 per cent (as stated in Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ... [More]

Are counsel’s doodles privileged?

    Do you doodle in meetings? Should you doodle in meetings?   There is both good news and bad.       The good news is that doodling may be good for you! A study by the University of Plymouth and published in Applied Cognitive Psychology suggests that doodling actually helps improve concentration and memory. Two groups of people were asked to listen ... [More]

Vicarious Liability for Sex Abusers: Catholic Child Welfare Society v Various Claimants (1) The Institute of Christian Brothers (2)

Just this morning, the Supreme Court has given judgment in the historic child abuse case of Catholic Child Welfare Society v Various Claimants (1) The Institute of Christian Brothers (2) [2012] UKSC 56. A fuller report will appear on the PiBlawg, no doubt in due course.     Lord Phillips, giving the sole judgement of the Court held that there are two stages in establishing vicarious liab... [More]

Bees, grouse, horses ... and a mad ox

Many of the posts on this blog are about cases at the cutting edge of jurisprudence. Quite rightly; it would be embarrassing to discover that a case you have relied on is no longer good law. Staying up-to-date is a necessary part of modern practice. A necessary evil, perhaps, when one considers the number and length of judgments that now spew forth from the courts.It may be of some comfort to the ... [More]