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  • more reform?

    Nichola Evans

    The Transport Committee has just released its fourth report since 2010 looking at the cost of motor insurance. In its thirteen conclusions and recommendations there are a number of issues insurers need to note. It says that there should be a consultation as to how the new medical panels should operate ahead of their introduction […]

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  • private schools feel the Savile effect

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    I have been dealing with claims arising out of institutional child abuse for over 15 years. Most of the claims my team has seen have been by claimants from deprived backgrounds complaining of abuse in children homes. Their claims for loss of earnings (the highest value of most serious claims) are limited, because most come […]

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  • have you been served with a notice of funding?

    James Gibbons

    The latest decision in Harrison v Black Horse is an important decision for cases in which success fees are claimed. In the case, it was held that the claimants’ failure to serve notices of funding prior to appeals to the High Court and Court of Appeal precluded them from recovering success fees under their CFAs. […]

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  • no relief from sanction….

    Nichola Evans

    If the recent messages from the Court of Appeal haven’t made it clear that the courts are taking a hard line approach to the Jackson reforms, we now have a decision from the Senior Courts Cost Office that it is only going to be in exceptional circumstances that relief from sanction will be granted. In […]

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  • small claims limit extension back on track?

    James Arrowsmith

    The Government has given its strongest indication yet that it is seriously considering increasing the small claims track limit for personal injury claims. Previous consultations have focused on an increase for whiplash claims. In a letter to the Transport Select Committee chair, Louise Ellman, Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling said there was a […]

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  • court fees consultation to increase civil claims costs

    James Arrowsmith

    A consultation on court fees proposes that parties to some civil and commercial claims could subsidise other cases, and pay for investment in the court system. Family work in the civil courts costs more than the fees generated, while other areas such as injury and commercial claims have been broadly self funding.

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  • historical child abuse claims – difficult to draw a line under

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    Once it has been established that an employee abused children in the past, it becomes impossible for the employer and its insurers at the time to be confident they have seen all the damages claims that might flow. Although the cases may be very old indeed, the courts are often persuaded to allow claims to […]

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  • sexual abuse cases – celebrity witch hunts raises profile of all p...

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, was acquitted of child abuse charges on Tuesday. Prosecutors denied that he had fallen victim to a “celebrity witch-hunt”. Whether or not that is the case, the continued publicity surrounding police child abuse investigations is raising the profile of such allegations. The involvement of celebrities simply raises the profile […]

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  • social workers must become cyber savvy

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    Local Authorities are now at risk of claims from children and young people who allege they were the subject of sex trafficking and abuse from paedophile gangs and others. The claims will be based on allegations that Social Workers and others who work with young people knew or ought to have known that children were […]

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  • employment tribunal fees now in force

    Emma Fox

    Today marks the introduction of employment tribunal fees in the UK, with employees facing costs of up to £1,200 to bring a claim against their employer. The key stages of proceedings will attract a fee, from submitting the claim form to appealing the decision. The fee-level will vary depending on the type of claim, with […]

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  • Teaching assistants’ success in equal pay claims

    Emma Fox

    Female workers in schools can compare themselves to local authority grounds men, refuse workers and leisure attendants when bringing an equal pay claim, following a landmark decision by the Supreme Court. The case turned on whether the workers could be held to be ‘in the same employment’, despite being employed on different terms and conditions […]

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  • Really? Social workers have to explain the benefits of being look...

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    Yesterday the Legal Government Ombudsman (LGO) recommended that a County Council pay a 16 year old £3,000 to be used in conjunction with its leaving care team to promote his independent living. He’d been abandoned by his parents and after refusing a voluntary foster placement or B & B offered by the Council he “sofa-surfed” […]

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  • Last year an elf tripped on an icicle in Santa’s Grotto…

    Jonathan Cook

    …This year a man has been left in a critical condition after accidentally hanging himself on a noose that had been set up as a Halloween prop at a nightclub! Fortunately, the reveller’s condition has improved and the local council are investigating the safety of the event. The owner of the club said it was […]

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  • Parkie takes a tumble …

    Jonathan Cook

    A park warden slipped on ice while erecting a “keep off the ice” warning sign. Needless to say, he has claimed for compensation and the council has felt obliged to settle out of court. In my opinion, until the court’s start to heed the general public’s perception that “health and safety laws have gone mad”, […]

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  • Whiplash claims reforms need speeding up

    James Arrowsmith

    David Cameron has this week hosted a summit of motor insurers to address the high level of whiplash claims in the UK. Among proposals are banning referral fees, a presumption against whiplash in RTAs under a minimum speed and a requirement for additional expert evidence. Whiplash claims in the UK have increased despite reductions in […]

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  • Claimant sues legal services commission for funding ” paedop...

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    We often act for agencies that have employed people who are accused of abusing children. For the most part these agencies are publicly funded local authorities. The claimants themselves frequently have Legal Services Commission (LSC) certificates, which means both claimant and defendant are publicly funded. A recent change in the law means that more and […]

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  • Tinkering around the edges

    Peter Jones

    The Government has announced that the length of service needed for the right to bring an ordinary unfair dismissal claim will increase from one year to two, from April 2012. It claims the move will reduce the number of unfair dismissal claims brought against employers each year by 2,000. The move has been welcomed by […]

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  • More Children in Care Equals Higher Risk of Claims

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement (29 September 2011) that only 60 babies were adopted last year, comes the news that the number of children in care in England has increased to 65,520. Monitoring these placements is not easy, it involves social workers working with multidisciplinary teams and families to try and work out […]

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  • More advantageous for me or for you? – Amendments to Part 36

    Nichola Evans

    On 1st October the 57th update to the Civil Procedure Rules comes into force. The 57th version seeks to bring uniformity and clarity to the meaning of “more advantageous” and “at least as advantageous” in Part 36. In recent cases judges have been seen to use their discretion leading to inconsistency in their decision making […]

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  • Good enough parenting – just getting the basics right, and you’ll ...

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    Many of the claims we see against Local Authorities Children’s Services Departments arise because of the alleged failure of multi-disciplinary teams to either spot, or act sufficiently quickly to support, inadequate parenting. Excessive workloads, long term staff illness, poor morale arising from uncertainty about jobs and lack of clarity about who is to do what […]

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