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18 July 2018 Risk warning: independent contractors

Various Claimants v Barclays Bank is a claim in vicarious liability arising from sexual assaults perpetrated by an independent doctor conducting health examinations on employees and prospective employees of Barclays Bank, on the bank’s behalf.

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18 July 2018 Vicarious liability and independent contractors: the law continues to evolve

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in the case of Barclays Bank plc and Various Claimants has been handed down.

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27 June 2018 Valuing a claim following professional negligence

Mrs Jean Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey (a Firm) (2018 EWCA) is an interesting case involving solicitor’s negligence in the bringing of a disease claim under a vibration white finger scheme against the Department of Trade and Industry by the estate of a former miner.

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19 June 2018 Is the law catching up with social media… landmark case sees 19yr old sentenced to 18 weeks detention for breaching victims’ anonymity

Under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000, Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 and the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976 (as amended by the Criminal Justice Act 1988), lifetime anonymity is afforded to victims of sexual abuse in current and historical claims.

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1 June 2018 Court experts beware...

The case of Ruffell v Lovatt is a salutary tale of how a party’s expert’s evidence can unravel in court. The Judge severely criticised one of the Claimant’s experts, finding him ill-prepared and ill-equipped to give balanced and impartial evidence.

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25 May 2018 When a claimant must accept the risk of his own actions

The Court of Appeal decision in Clay v TUI UK Ltd [link] considers where an intervening act is sufficient to break the chain of causation.

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24 May 2018 Public inquiries - given their cost, what’s the evidence they achieve their aims?

Yesterday saw the publication of a report on this question by the National Audit Office. It observed that the government has spent more than £200 million on 26 Inquiries that have been established and reported since 2005.

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22 May 2018 Small claims u-turn?

The Justice Select Committee has now called on the government to put then Chancellor, George Osborne's, plans on hold whilst the litigation reforms already implemented over the past five years are evaluated.

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4 May 2018 Video evidence... when to disclose?

We recently had cause to appeal a decision of a District Judge preventing us from relying upon video footage (even though he had described it as “pure gold”).

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Whiplash and small claims – huge changes in the pipeline

The MoJ has today announced a consultation that will likely lead to profound changes in the volume and nature of compensation claims.

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