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14 August 2018 Reflecting on the standard of care owed by an injured child and their parent

Caine Steven John Ellis v Paul Kelly & Violet Ellis (2018) highlights the challenges and sensitivities in alleging fault on the part of a child and parent in circumstances where the primary cause of an accident rests with a third party.

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7 August 2018 Applying QOCS protection in a claim for personal injury and something else

In The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Brown [2018], the High Court ruled that a Circuit Judge was wrong to automatically apply QOCS protection to a claim for misuse of data which also included a claim for personal injury.

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Legal update

24 July 2018 Risk based approach to highway maintenance – face the future with confidence

The date for highway authorities to adopt the risk based approach that underpins the Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure Code of Practice is fast approaching.

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23 July 2018 Personal injury reforms delay

In May 2018 I prepared a blog entitled ‘small claims u-turn?’ after the Justice Select Committee called on the government to put the ex-Chancellor George Osborne’s plans to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims and prohibit awards of general damages for minor soft tissue injuries on hold whilst the past five years of reforms are evaluated.

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4 April 2018 Local authorities being driven potty with potholes

The good news is that the Department for Transport is providing £100m to local authorities to carry out much needed repairs and this should provide some much needed respite.

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29 March 2018 All bets are off! Stag party ordered to pay costs for fundamental dishonesty

A group of 17 men on a stag party have been ordered to pay a combined sum of £68,000 in legal fees following a finding of fundamental dishonesty.

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21 March 2018 Killer self-drive vehicle negligence - a new claims era?

As news has emerged of the first reported case in the US involving a self-driving car killing a pedestrian, it is interesting to consider the future claims climate in its wake.

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Legal update

20 March 2018 The revised Highways Code of Practice: a seismic shift or business as usual?

The date for highway authorities to adopt the risk based approach that underpins the Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure Code of Practice is fast approaching.

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13 December 2017 Highway victory for a risk based approach

Judge dismisses the claim of a jogger who tripped in a pothole, commending the dynamic risk-based approach taken by council’s highways inspector.

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25 May 2017 Court ruling could open floodgates to fraudulent RTA claims

Insurers could be responsible for meeting ‘unidentified driver’ claims following a recent Court of Appeal decision.

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