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27 April 2022 Harassment and sexual misconduct in Higher Education

Cases involving the handling allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by Universities continues to hit the news. They are clearly difficult issues for Universities given the competing duties owed to both the reporting individual and the alleged perpetrator and the inevitable sensitivities around the nature of these matters.

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Published articles

9 July 2019 No such thing as an accident?

Sometimes it can feel as though there is no such thing as an accident anymore…

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Legal update

11 January 2018 Occupiers Liability Act - reactive is reasonable

In the case of Ivor Cook v Swansea City Council 2017 the Claimant slipped on ice in an unmanned car park owned and operated by a local authority which had not been gritted.

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Legal update

9 January 2018 Psychiatric reports - can you challenge the ‘diagnostic’ tests?

How often in psychiatric reports prepared for medico-legal purposes do experts cite the results of ‘diagnostic’ tests including the Impact of Events Scale (IES) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) to establish whether or not a claimant is suffering from psychiatric injury?

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Blog

9 June 2016 Devolution drive could lead to a revolution in insurance cover

With the unremitting push towards the devolution of powers from central to local government, it seems inevitable that we will see a transformation of local authorities as we know them.

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Legal update

14 March 2016 Fundamental dishonesty

James v Diamanttek Ltd 2016 is the first case to be decided that applied the test of fundamental dishonesty, and arose from a NIHL claim.

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Legal update

22 September 2015 Aerotoxic syndrome claims of the future

It is often said that air travel is the safest form of travel in terms of numbers of deaths per mile travelled. However there is a growing concern by campaigners and trade unions over the health effects of flying from what has become known as ‘aerotoxic syndrome'.

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Legal update

22 September 2015 Use and misuse

There is always a risk when an organisation which is a defendant to a personal injury claim discloses information at the disclosure stage. What may be relevant to the claim may also be sensitive commercially or for some other reason. One thinks in particular perhaps of stress at work claims and arguably other forms of industrial disease claims, where commercially sensitive information relating to industrial processes, remuneration schemes, productivity information etc may be disclosable.

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Published articles

12 June 2015 The second time around…

Whether or not it is an abuse of process to bring a second claim was the question for Mrs Justice Laing in the case of Lloyd v Humphreys & Glasgow Ltd [2015] EWHC 525.

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Blog

27 June 2014 Insult and abuse in the internet age

At least half of all complaints passed to front line police officers now arise from social media – typically comprising bullying, harassment, abuse and threats of assault.

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