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Obtaining Car Insurance After a Drink Driving Conviction

June 22, 2016

It can be hard to get car insurance if you have a criminal conviction, even if the conviction isn’t driving related. You may find some insurers will charge higher than average premiums and some won’t offer you cover at all, especially if you have a drink driving conviction. Even minor offences can affect your insurance […]

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Are the Proposed Personal Injury Reforms Fair?

May 17, 2016

At the beginning of this month, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) held their annual conference in Birmingham. The main topic of discussion at the conference was the proposed personal injury reforms due to make their way through parliament later this year. The proposed reforms have been met with much criticism for denying many […]

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Consenting to what? The issue of informed patient consent post-Montgomery

April 18, 2016

I have previously written about the issue of consent to medical treatment following the Supreme Court Judgment in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015]. Subsequent to the decision in Montgomery the issue of consent has been considered in a number of reported decisions. In addition, I have recently settled a claim on […]

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KCR v The Scout Association – Compensation Awards in Abuse Cases

April 7, 2016

The case of KCR v The Scout Association [2016] EWHC 597 (QB) concerned the abuse of a young boy suffered at the hand of his Cub Scout Group Leader in the 1980s. The boy’s abuser was convicted of a great number of sexual offences carried out against young boys, including the claimant in 2003. The defendant, […]

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Johnson & Johnson to pay $71m in Compensation – Could they be held liable under UK law?

March 9, 2016

Household name Johnson & Johnson have been ordered to pay $71m (around £51m) in compensation to the family of a woman who suffered from ovarian cancer, allegedly as a result of using Johnson & Johnson products. However, a number of legal commentators have stated that the case simply wouldn’t hold up in the UK courts, […]

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Tough new health and safety sentencing guidelines now in force in England and Wales

February 19, 2016

New health and safety guidelines have come into force which could mean that large companies could face fines of £10 million for serious breaches of health and safety law. The new Sentencing Council’s guidelines, published in November 2015, will apply to health and safety, corporate manslaughter, and food and safety hygiene cases, and have come […]

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Irish courts award nervous shock compensation to vulnerable boy after dishwasher fire

February 7, 2016

Irish law has long been thought of as being ahead of other jurisdictions in allowing damages for negligently caused psychiatric injury (nervous shock), but the law in this area has really only developed significantly in the past twenty-five years. Decisions in recent years have restricted this area of the law and have limited the scope […]

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Clinical negligence legal blog: Williams v Bermuda Hospitals Board – “material contribution” & causation

January 30, 2016

The facts Mr Williams attended A&E complaining of abdominal pain. A scan was ordered but there was a negligent delay before the scan was undertaken. It transpired that Mr Williams was suffering from appendicitis and required urgent surgery to remove his appendix. During the surgery it was discovered that Mr Williams’ appendix had ruptured and […]

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At Work in the Laboratory – States Differ on How to Deal With the Negligence of the Plaintiff

January 29, 2016

Justice Brandeis wrote in New State Ice Co. v. Lieberman, that a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory ; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” 285 U.S. 262 (1932).   Each State has its own tort system. At work in each tort system […]

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Interested in Medical Negligence Law in the UK?

January 17, 2016

Interested in medical negligence law in the UK? Caroline Moore of www.medical-solicitors.com (on Twitter here) has recently been tweeting useful legal info via #law11sies – worth following this feed on Twitter and checking out their useful guides. Also worth reading this guide from mind.org.uk, Unlock The Law’s guide to medical negligence law in Scotland here. […]

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