Author Archives: Sarah Wilkinson

Sarah Wilkinson

About Sarah Wilkinson

Solicitor in the Insurance department

The Duty to Accommodate Teenagers – Council Fails to Separate Teenager’s Need for Help from her Mother’s

In our recent blog “S20 and the Duty to Accommodate…When is enough, enough?” we looked at the case of R v Haringey which considers the extent of the duty owed by Local Authorities to accommodate teenagers in accordance with s20 … Read more

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It’s official! Data Protection Act 2018 given Royal Assent today

Today, the Queen gave Royal Assent to the Data Protection Act 2018, which was first announced in the Queen’s Speech on the 21st June 2017. The new act comes into effect on Friday 25 May 2018.

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Potholes – AA Announces #FlagitFunditFillit Campaign

In recent months there has been extensive national and local press coverage discussing the state of the highway network and the number potholes. A harsh winter and reducing budgets has taken its toll in some areas. One person in Swindon … Read more

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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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