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Vicarious Liability and Contractors

02 Apr 2020

The Supreme Court have sought to narrow the circumstances in which vicarious liability applies, as in recent times it appeared that the application of this doctrine potentially had wide ramifications. In the case of Barclays Bank PLC v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 13 the Supreme Court have overturned…

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COVID-19 - APIL and FOIL Agree Best Practice for Mutual Co-Operation

02 Apr 2020

FOIL and APIL have agreed a set of best practices for their members to consider and adopt during the coronavirus outbreak. Full details can be found here , but in summary the following matters have been agreed: Telephone calls/Email Practitioners should engage by telephone and/or email…

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HMCTS Announces Civil Court Listing Priorities

01 Apr 2020

The HMCTS has published its listing priorities for civil work in the County Courts. Work has been split between priority 1 - work that must be done and priority 2 - work that could be done. Priority 1 - work that must be done · Committals · Freezing Orders ·…

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Covid-19 Response - An Update

27 Mar 2020

As the country goes into lockdown, we are still waiting for formal guidance on how civil practitioners should proceed. These are without a doubt unprecedented times, so it comes as no surprise that we have experienced an inconsistent approach by the Courts. This week a Judge refused to do a full list of…

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Whiplash Reforms Delayed

24 Mar 2020

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland has provided an update on the next steps for the Whiplash Reform Programme. As anticipated, he has confirmed that the Government has decided that more time is needed to make sure the Whiplash Reform Programme is ready for implementation…

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Bereavement Damages Update

24 Mar 2020

Increase in Bereavement Award From 1st May 2020, Bereavement damages will be increased from £12,980 to £15,120. The Damages for Bereavement (Variation of Sum) (England and Wales) Order 2020 was laid before Parliament on 19th March 2020.The increase will apply to causes of action in…

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Regulatory Update - March 2020

24 Mar 2020

Construction firm fined by HSE after worker suffers serious injuries in fall from height A construction firm has been fined £55,620 after a 17-year-old worker fell through an opening for a roof light. The roof light had been covered with a sheet of insulation and the area had been left…

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