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Forbes at Trial: Father and Daughter School Tripping Claim Fails

15 Aug 2019

Saleem & Rizwan v Rochdale Borough Council In October 2017, the First Claimant was taking his daughter, the Second Claimant to school. It was alleged that as they walked through the school grounds, they both tripped and fell in the missing part of a dilapidated grate. They brought a claim…

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Forbes at Trial: Costly Claim Fails at First Hurdle

15 Aug 2019

Cox v Bury A Claimant's claim for personal injury was dismissed after the Court concluded that the alleged pothole was not cause of the Claimant's accident. The Claimant alleged that she tripped in a pothole measuring in excess of 50mm and sustained a fractured elbow. The Claimant…

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Regulatory Update - August 2019

15 Aug 2019

HSE Dust-busters HSE inspectors are currently visiting high-risk businesses to assess how employers are controlling exposure to dust. They are likely to focus on construction sites, woodwork businesses and food manufacturers. Such industries often produce high levels of dust, which can be harmful…

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NASUWT Reports Teachers Won £15m in Compensation Claims in 2018

30 Jul 2019

It has been reported by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) that during 2018 they secured compensation of £14,933,905.34 for its teacher members. The sums were awarded as a result of claims for accidents, attacks by pupils, and employment disputes.…

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Regulatory Update - July 2019

30 Jul 2019

Annual Workplace Fatality Figures Released by HSE The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19. According to the statistics, 147 workers were fatally injured whilst at work between April 2018 and March 2019. Whilst the HSE reports…

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Claimant's Claim Hits a Major Bump in the Road

25 Jul 2019

Curran v Calderdale Council A Claimant, who alleged he had sustained personal injury after the wheel of his lorry hit a pothole, has agreed to pay the Defendant's costs in full if the Council agreed to withdraw their application for a finding of fundamental dishonesty. In 2015, the…

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Claimant is the Author of his Own Misfortune

25 Jul 2019

W v A Family Leisure Park The Facts In August 2015, the Claimant and his family visited a theme park owned by the Defendant. The Claimant alleged that he was sitting at a table in the restaurant when his chair simply collapsed. He suffered neck and back injuries as a result of the incident…

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The New Discount Rate: Time for Action

25 Jul 2019

The Lord Chancellor has announced that the new Discount Rate will be set at minus 0.25% and will take effect from 5 August 2019. It is disappointing news for Compensators; although damages claims will be reduced, the savings fall far below those that would have been achieved had a change back to a…

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