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Civil Justice Council Launches Review of Pre Action Protocols

29 Oct 2020

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is conducting a review of all the pre-action protocols (PAPs). The review will look at all aspects of PAPs, including their purpose, whether they are working effectively in practice and whether any reforms are required. The CJC is particularly interested in how PAPs…

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RTA Portal to go ahead next April

29 Oct 2020

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that the plan remains for the new RTA portal to go live next April. This is despite concerns that the pandemic may have led to yet further delays. The rules committee met earlier this month to discuss the new rules that will be required. Details of their…

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Massive fine for employer in workplace fatal accident

29 Oct 2020

Leadec Limited, a specialist industrial services company has been fined £2 million and ordered to pay £30,000 costs following a fatal injury to Joseph MacDonald, one of its employees. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Mr…

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Recoverability of Inquest Costs by a Claimant

28 Oct 2020

In the case of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue v Veevers [2020] EWHC 2550 (Comm) the court ordered the defendant to pay the claimant's legal costs of attending the inquest into the death of the claimant's son despite a pre action statement that the defendant agreed to compensate the claimant…

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Accommodation Costs - the new Formula

28 Oct 2020

The method of calculating the amount of compensation a claimant should be awarded for the extra accommodation costs associated with their injury has long been in contention between claimants and defendants. The difficulty arises when a claimant has a need for more expensive accommodation that can be…

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