Author Archives: Sarah Wilkinson

Sarah Wilkinson

About Sarah Wilkinson

Solicitor in the Insurance department

Unmarried Partner wins the Right to Bereavement Damages

A woman has successfully fought for the right for unmarried persons to receive bereavement damages after her partner of 16 years died as a result of negligence in 2011.

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Definitive Guidelines on the Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea Released

The Sentencing Council have released updated Definitive Guidelines on the Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea. The purpose of the guidelines is to encourage those who are going to plead guilty to do so as early in the court … Read more

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Katie Hopkins Loses Libel Claim following Twitter Spat

Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins [2017] EWHC 433 (QB) Katie Hopkins is notorious for her controversial views and her outspoken comments. Two misplaced tweets on Twitter have this week cost her £24,000 in damages and over £107,000 in legal fees.

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Star Wars Production Company fined for injuring Harrison Ford

Following our previous blog reporting the fine handed down to Alton Towers after the Smiler crash, the Court yesterday sentenced the film company responsible for producing the latest Star Wars movie after it pleaded guilty to Section 2 and 3 (1) of … Read more

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Alton Towers’ owners fined £5million over Smiler crash

Merlin Attractions Operation Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc, 1974 and were fined £5million with costs of £69,955.40 after a rollercoaster collision left 16 people seriously injured.

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Are Personal Notes Taken at a Council Meeting Disclosable?

In William Chapman v Information Commissioner and Duddon Parish Council, the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) ruled that personal notes taken by attendees at a meeting concerning council business discussions should have been disclosed under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

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Keep Calm and File the Acknowledgment of Service

Unilever PLC v Pak Supermarket (2016) IPEC (Judge Hacon) 13/05/2016 It is often easy for things to be overlooked. A recent decision will provide some comfort for those who find that they have overlooked service of proceedings and missed the cut-off date … Read more

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Working under cover

Sarah Wilkinson examines the two recent Supreme Court cases of Cox v Ministry of Justice [2016] and Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc [2016] in the latest edition of the New Law Journal. Read the article here:  http://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/nlj/content/insurance-surgery-working-under-cover

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Court Overturns Earlier Decision and Finds that a CFA Can Be Assigned

An appeal at Liverpool County Court has overturned a decision that a conditional fee agreement had not been validly assigned. In Jones v Spire Healthcare (Appeal No 96/2015), Judge Graham Wood QC held that an insolvent firm of solicitors can … Read more

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Permission to Appeal to Supreme Court in NA v Nottinghamshire County Council

The Claimant in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.  This follows the Court of Appeal decision in November 2015 which rejected the Claimant’s arguments that the Local Authority … Read more

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