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Environmental Litigation - A Sea Change?

27 Jan 2022

It is nigh on impossible to visit the website of any reasonable-sized construction company nowadays without seeing words like "sustainability", "ESG", and "social footprint". Historically used as mere buzz words to drive online traffic, environmental issues are increasingly…

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Care home company fined after a resident choked to death

26 Jan 2022

HC-One Limited has been fined following an incident when a resident choked to death on a jam doughnut. A resident of Orchard Care Home, Lychgate Road, Tullibody, was given a piece of jam doughnut to eat on 7 August 2019. The resident had previously suffered from a stroke and had been diagnosed with…

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Council prosecuted after a member of the public killed by falling tree

19 Jan 2022

Staffordshire County Council has been prosecuted for failing to inspect and maintain trees on a public footpath, following the death of a member of the public. The Court heard how, on 3 October 2019, a man walking his dog on the Isabel Trail in Stafford was struck and killed by part of a falling…

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LLOYD v GOOGLE: The Big Ones Get Away?

19 Jan 2022

To some observers, civil claims for compensation for often relatively trivial breaches of a person's data, represent the opportunity for some legal firms to replace diminishing whiplash or holiday sickness claims with a new source of work. One potential avenue for claimant firms looking to diversify…

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The construction company and its groundworks contractor sentenced

19 Jan 2022

A construction company and its groundworks contractor have been fined after unsafe excavation work left a worker with serious burns to his hand and arm. A groundworker was preparing the ground to install a post to carry an Automatic Number Plate Recognition Camera (ANPRC) on 2 August 2018.…

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Defendants unable to offset 'costs against costs' in QOCS cases

19 Jan 2022

In a blow to Defendants, the UK Supreme Court in the case of Ho v Adelekun (2021) UKSC 45 unanimously agreed with the appellant Claimant that a Defendant cannot automatically off set 'costs against costs' under the Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting (QOCS) regime. QOCS applies to most…

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Forbes at Trial - R v Wigan Council

19 Jan 2022

In the current situation when schools are being advised to open windows to ensure adequate ventilation to avoid Covid-19 transmission, this case is a useful reminder of issues that can arise. Forbes successfully defended this claim on the basis that there was a safe system of work, and that the…

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When the claimant's evidence doesn't get him past first base

19 Jan 2022

Mr Rigby brought a claim against Wigan Council alleging that he had tripped and fallen as a result of a significant pothole in a road. The matter was listed for a two-day trial but all came crashing down for the claimant before lunch on the first day. His first problem was that two of his…

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