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Foreign Law in the English Courts

A number of the English lawyers who conduct PI litigation in cross-border cases have warned that the full implications of the Rome II Regulation (864/2007) – and the impact that it has on the assessment of damages awarded to English Claimants by English Judges – have yet to be felt. By way of recap, Rome II provides (in Article 15(c)) that once the applicable law of the tort has b... [More]

The English Claimant and the French uninsured tortfeasor: claims against the MIB

Marshall & Pickard v MIB & Others [2015] EWHC 3421 (QB) These claims arose out of a road traffic accident in the municipality of Thiais, France on 19 August 2012. Mr Pickard, a UK national domiciled in England (now and at the time of the accident), was the driver of a Ford Fiesta. Mr Pickard had a passenger in the Ford Fiesta: another English domiciled UK national, Paul Marshall. While ... [More]

Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 665

On 3 July 2015 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 665 (now available on Lawtel): a fatal road traffic accident and personal injury claim arising out of an “off-package” excursion contract performed in Egypt. In largely dismissing the Defendant’s appeal against the Order of Tugendhat J ([2014] EWHC 273 (QB)), the Court ... [More]

Changes to the Spanish Baremo System

English lawyers familiar with the ECJ decision in Odenbreit and the inroads made into English law by the Rome II Regulation are also likely to have at least a passing acquaintance with the Spanish Baremo Rating System for the Assessment of Damages in personal injury claims. The system applies compulsorily in a road traffic accident context, but is characteristically applied (by analogy) by Spanish... [More]

Low cost Arbitration instead of expensive Civil Justice?

At a recent seminar a solicitor, with whom I was discussing the recent (rather extraordinary) hike in Court fees (see, Andrew Spencer's blog last week), mentioned an initiative which Andrew Ritchie QC has pioneered. Arising out of concerns about recent Government “reforms” to civil justice as these deal with personal injury litigation, the initiative is a proposal for personal injury a... [More]

Rome II and the Law of the Tort

Those with an interest in the Rome II Regulation (there must be someone else out there) may already be familiar with the recent decision of Slade J in Winrow v Hemphill & Anor. [2014] EWHC 3164 (QB). This short piece focuses on one aspect of the judgment. First, however, a quick recap. The claim arose out of a road traffic accident in Germany in November 2009. The Claimant was a UK national, d... [More]

QOCs and Tour Operators: Further Thoughts

This Note is a further rumination on Frances McClenaghan’s recent post about the Court of Appeal’s very recent decision in Wagenaar. It considers the tactical implications (for Tour Operators) of the QOCs rules (in respect of Part 20 recovery claims against local suppliers). It is not uncommon for a Tour Operator, saddled with a package holiday personal injury claim, to bring Part 20 p... [More]

Fatal Accident Claims and Applicable Law of the Tort: Cox v Ergo Versicherung AG [2014] UKSC 22

Introduction The claim arose out of fatal road traffic accident in Germany on 16 March 2004 in which the Appellant’s husband was tragically killed after being hit by a car whilst riding his bicycle. The driver of the car was German and was insured by the Respondent, a German insurance company, which admitted liability at an early stage. This was an Odenbreit-style claim brought, as German la... [More]

Private International Law and PI: final gasps of the 1995 Act?

As we move further and further away from 11 January 2009 (the date of application of the Rome II Regulation (EC No 864/2007) which governs applicable law in tort: see, Homawoo v GMF Assurances SA [2012] Case C-412/10) we see less and less of Part III of the Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 (the domestic statute which used to govern these matters before the European Uni... [More]

Jurisdiction and Applicable Law

Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Incorporated [2014] EWHC 273 (QB, Tugendhat J) The Claimant brought personal injury proceedings on her own behalf and on behalf of the estate of her late husband arising out of a (fatal) road traffic accident in Egypt. At the time of the accident the Claimant, her husband and other family members were participating in an excursion, booked (off-package) th... [More]