Archive for October, 2013

Summary of Recent Cases – Costs

Where a solicitors firm’s clients entered into consumer credit agreements with a disbursement funder that were found to be unenforceable, the solicitors firm had a primary obligation under the agreements to pay the disbursement funder the sums due. Sutherland Professional Funding Ltd v Bakewells (a firm) & Ors [2013] EWHC 2685 (QB) C, a disbursement funder, […]

October 27, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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What Hospitals Can Do to Ensure the Prevention of Claims for Clinical Negligence

Brought to you by our friends at accidents direct. The NHS and private healthcare practitioners alike work incredibly hard to look after us in our hour of need, and nurse us back to health. Whilst improvements to the healthcare system in Britain are happening all the time, unfortunately there are occasions, which are more frequent […]

October 25, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Cutting staff in care homes – a danger to residents?

Brought to you by our friends at Spencers Solicitors. Care homes are a vital service that many of us call upon when we reach old age. Whilst many homes provide an excellent standard of care and a safe, comfortable environment for its elderly residents, it cannot be ignored that staff cuts across the country are […]

October 25, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Summary of Recent Cases – Costs

While the court should be cautious about reducing a party’s costs budget, in the instance case it was appropriate to do so. CRM Trading Ltd v Chubb Electronic Security Ltd (2013) QBD (Merc) (Judge Mackie QC) 04/09/2013 C had filed a costs budget and the court was required to determine whether it should be reduced for […]

October 23, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Summary of Recent Cases – Substantive Law

R v Niki David Robert McKenzie [2013] EWCA Crim 1544 The Defendant had claimed to be a passenger in a car involved in a road traffic accident in January 2009 and sought compensation for whiplash. The insurance company paid him £33,000 in compensation however it later emerged that the collision had not occurred and the […]

October 19, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Alternative business structures will rejuvenate the legal system

Brought to you by our friends at Geoffrey Leaver Accident Claims One of the great reforms in the legal system in recent years is the deregulation of the industry through the introduction of so-called ‘alternative business structures’. The concept was introduced by the Legal Services Act 2007 and they were officially launched in 2011. Specifically, […]

October 17, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Summary of Recent Cases – Substantive Law

Streeter v Hughes and another [2013] EWHC 2841 (QB) The Claimant, aged 14 at the time of the accident, was a cyclist hit by the First Defendant and rendered tetraplegic. The Claimant had pulled out from behind a parked van in to the Claimant’s carriageway. The First Defendant was uninsured but the evidence showed that […]

October 16, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Industry News

New MoJ research on discount rate… gov.uk NHS pays £1.3 billion to lawyers… Daily Mail Court of Appeal to hear “Plebgate” costs budget case Litigation Futures

October 13, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Industry News

Slater & Gordon eyes further takeover… The Lawyer £5 million settlement in Northern Island brain injury case… Belfast Telegraph £1 million pound costs budget halved by Master… Litigation Futures SRA to check on compliance with referral fee ban… Law Gazette

October 10, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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Injury sustained by a council worker looking after vulnerable children and young people

Brought to you by our friends at Prime Lawyers. It’s fair to say that we all have an element of choice over where we work and what we do. It’s also fair to say that we should feel safe in our job and know that our employers have considered our health and safety as a […]

October 9, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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