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We are delighted to confirm the promotion of thirteen lawyers to our partnership across practice areas including commercial, employment and healthcare, as well as specialist areas of insurance and liability that include cyber, property and construction, professional liability, travel, abuse and fraud. Eight of those promoted are based in the UK, with four in the US and one in Australia. Our worldwide partner count is now 264.
A summary of key developments including an update on bereavement damages, consultation opened on dual discount rate, an overview of a new bill looking at the impact of a new parliamentary bill, the government response to the consultation on regulations requiring insurers to report on savings, an update on Scottish civil justice reforms and the Northern Irish discount rate.
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues in relation to the wrong treatment of the reasonable practicability test, the recoverability of the cost of alcoholism linked to a psychiatric condition and the erring of a judge’s assessment of damages in a food poisoning case.
At the start of this month, the heinous details of Britain’s most prolific rapist have been made public, following the reporting restrictions being lifted at the sentencing hearing of Reynhard Sinaga. Cases of such systematic sexual assault have sadly dominated the headlines in recent years.
New Jersey’s amended statute of limitations for sex abuse claims expected to give rise to many suits and coverage implications
In recent years, an increasing number of victims have asserted claims against schools, athletic organizations, Olympic governing bodies, and religious institutions, alleging sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.
In recent years, the US has seen a trend in large-scale litigation pushed forward by the plaintiffs’ bar in the form of class actions, which are often consolidated in state courts or take the form of multi-district litigation (MDL) in the federal court system.
A summary of key developments including an update on recent changes to civil justice reforms, a consultation on financial redress for in-care victims and survivors in Scotland and an update on the Law Commissions consultation on automated vehicles.
We are to strengthen our public liability practice with the recruitment of Kathryn Oldfield as a partner.
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues in relation to the duty of care owed by local authorities to protect individuals from third parties, the MIB’s liability with accidents occurring on private land, the test to avoid fixed costs, a limit on the widening duty of vicarious liability and a cost order outside a judge’s discretion.
Case review 06/06/2019
The Supreme Court upholds the strike out of claims seeking to impose a duty of care on a local authority arising out of its functions under the Children Act 1989
In a welcomed decision, the Supreme Court has delivered its long-awaited judgment clarifying the scope of duties owed by local authorities. The court confirmed there is no assumption of responsibility arising out of the mere operation of social services functions, and except in defined exceptional categories, there is no duty of care to protect individuals from harm caused by third parties.