Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd
Appeal allowed. The Defendant company was held vicariously liable for an assault committed by its managing director on an employee after a Christmas party. Although the assault occurred at a separate drinking session after the party, the wrongdoer was not present merely as a fellow reveller but as managing director. There was sufficient connection between the position in which he was employed and his wrongful conduct so as to make the employer liable under the principle of social justice.
Christopher Goldscheider v Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation (2018)
The Defendant has permission to appeal the decision that it was liable to a viola player in its orchestra after he suffered acoustic shock due to noise levels during a rehearsal.
WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants (2018)
The Court of Appeal dismissed Morrisons' appeal and held that the employer was vicariously liable for the employee's acts away from the workplace where those acts formed a sequence of planned events leading to the commission of the wrongdoing.
We understand that the Defendant intends to appeal to the Supreme Court.
16/17 Juy 2018
CN v Poole BC and Others
The Appeal was heard on 16/17th July 2018. Decision awaited.
Civil Liability Bill
The Civil Liability Bill was introduced by the government following the 2017 general election. The Bill will crack down on fraudulent whiplash claims and is expected to reduce motor insurance premiums by about £35 per year. The Bill will ban offers to settle claims without the support of medical evidence and introduce a new fixed tariff of compensation for whiplash injuries with a duration of up to 2 years.
The Bill is waiting for Royal Assent.
The Bill will reform the courts system in England and Wales to ensure it is more efficient and accessible, and in doing so utilise more modern technology. The Bill will:
Financial Guidance and Claims Bill
The Bill will combine three financial advice bodies into one, ensuring that people across the UK are able to seek the help and advice they need to manage their finances. The Bill will:
Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims (NIHL)
The working party published its final report this autumn. See our article https://www.forbessolicitors.co.uk/news/display/39744/4/fixed-costs-recommendations-for-hearing-loss-claims-published
Jackson LJ to review fixed recoverable costs
Lord Justice Jackson published his review of fixed recoverable costs. Read our article here: https://www.forbessolicitors.co.uk/news/display/38722/fixed-recoverable-costs-a-review-of-lord-justice-jacksons-proposed-reforms
Discount Rate Consultation
The response was published in September 2017 https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/personal-injury-discount-rate/results/discount-rate-response-consultation-web.pdf
The Commons Justice Committee have published their response at the end of November 2017. Details can be found here http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/justice-committee/news-parliament-2017/personal-discount-rate-report-launched-17-19/
Britain withdraws from the EU.
A possible move towards an online court.
Well-managed highway infrastructure
Highway authorities have until October 2018 to implement the new risk based approach to managing highway infrastructure.
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