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New Guidelines for Pre-Birth Assessments and Care Proceedings

19 Dec 2019

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has recently published a review which will assist in developing new guidelines for pre-birth assessments and the removal of infants at birth from their parents. A local authority may wish to intervene during pregnancy and subsequently issue care proceedings…

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Derbyshire Council fined £500,000 for failure to provide safe care

19 Dec 2019

Derbyshire County Council have recently been fined £500,000 following the first prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) against a local authority since the watchdog was given powers in 2015 to prosecute health and social care providers for failing to provide safe care and…

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In Deep Water - The Pitfalls of Suing an Unincorporated Association

19 Dec 2019

L v The Trustees of Anon Angling Society A claimant has had his claim for personal injury struck out after the Court found there was no legal basis for the claim. Background Claims against unincorporated member associations must be carefully considered as was illustrated by a recent…

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Claim Misses the Target

19 Dec 2019

A Claimant who was injured whilst attempting to move an archery target has lost her claim at trial. The facts The Defendant provided archery facilities and training sessions. The Claimant was a keen archer and attended sessions on a regular basis. Prior to an archery class starting, the…

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Claims History Successfully used to Discredit Claimant

19 Dec 2019

Evidence uncovered relating to a claimant's claims history led to the dismissal of his claim for personal injury following an alleged trip in a carriageway pothole. The facts The Claimant alleged that as he crossed the road, his foot went into a pothole, and he injured his ankle. The…

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Claim defeated by CCTV evidence

19 Dec 2019

Wilson v The Co-operative Group The Claimant was shopping in a supermarket when she alleged that she tripped on the upturned edge of a mat situated on the vegetable aisle. She fell forwards and sustained soft tissue injuries. The Claimant alleged that the upturned edge of the mat was a…

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Regulatory Update - December

19 Dec 2019

Council fined £1.4m after child suffers life-changing head injury on a street bollard Hampshire County Council has recently been sentenced and fined £1.4 million after being found in breach of s.3 (1) Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It has also been ordered to pay costs of &…

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