piBlawg

the personal injury and clinical negligence blog

A collaboration between Rebmark Legal Solutions and 1 Chancery Lane

Fee increase to take place next Monday

A dramatic hike in court fees is to take place on Monday 9th March 2015. The Law Society has published the following table (see below) of the new court fees suggesting solicitors consider issuing cases this week.    Employment Tribunal fees were increased in July 2013 and the effect is thought to have been to reduce the number of tribunal claims substantially. It remains to be seen ... [More]

Heracles, the Hydra and Basic Hire Rates

In Greek mythology the Hydra was a serpent-like water monster with many heads. For every head cut off it grew two more. It had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its tracks were deadly. Credit hire claims are like the Hydra – every time the appeal courts strike off a metaphorical head, another argument (or two) seems to emerge. In a claim for a car hired on credit, absent impe... [More]

A prediction for 2015: costs budgeting is doomed

With the new year come predictions as to what will happen in 2015. Tom Standage of the Economist predicts that our smart phones will become smarter with the use of anticipatory or predictive intelligence - our phones may suggest we leave earlier for a dinner date if the traffic is bad or offer sending a message to other participants if we are late for meetings. Paul Lee of Deloittes predicts drone... [More]

Compensating an injured foetus - the CA's decision

Can a child make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in circumstances where it has been injured by its mother’s excessive alcohol consumption during pregnancy? What duty of care is owed by a mother to her unborn child? The Court of Appeal has ruled* that a child could not claim compensation from the CICA. It was not disputed that the child suffered from an injur... [More]

Whiplash and fraudulent claims

The justice secretary spoke to the Association of British Insurers yesterday telling them about the new panels of medical experts in whiplash claims, reported The Times today. The government’s plans for such panels have long been known about but he announced that accredited experts would be allocated randomly to cases going through the Portal. He said there was an expectation that there woul... [More]

Compensating an injured foetus?

In what circumstances is an unborn child entitled to compensation for injuries caused by a mother? That is the question facing the Court of Appeal today. A mother drank heavily during pregnancy despite warnings from social workers and antenatal medical staff that it risked harming her unborn baby. The baby was born with foetal alcohol syndrome and has since suffered from developmental problems.... [More]

Shooting Admiral Byng

Admiral Byng was held responsible for the loss of Minorca in 1756. He was relieved of his command, court martialled and shot by a firing squad. Voltaire remarked of the decision to shoot him that it was beneficial to kill an Admiral from time to time “pour encourager les autres”. Although Hildyard J. made reference to Admiral Byng in his judgment in the case of Caliendo v Mishcon de Re... [More]

Exit Mitchell enter Denton

Our jurisdiction generally does not favour laws (whether judge- or parliament-made) which fail to take account of what is just in the individual circumstances of the particular case. The common law prides itself in being able to adapt to new situations to yield what we would generally understand to be the ‘right’ result. This is a priority of our legal system and Mitchell fell foul of ... [More]

Allocation and admissions

Where a defendant admits a part of a claim, how does the admission affect the allocation of the claim? This was the question considered in Akhtar v Boland [2014] EWCA Civ 872. The defendant filed a Defence admitting hire, recovery and storage charges in the sum of £2,496. The claimant’s claim was pleaded at more than £5,000 but less than £10,000. However, if the sum of &pou... [More]

Mitchell convoy approaching!

The Law Society Gazette has reported that the Court of Appeal is due to hear three consecutive appeals on Mitchell related issues. The cases are due to be heard on 15th and 16th June and are intended to give some clarity for lawyers in what has become an unpredictable landscape. The cases to be heard are Utilise TDS Limited v Davies, Decadent Vapours Ltd v Bevan & Ors A3/2014/0767 ... [More]