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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.
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues in relation to incidents that really are nobody’s fault, an application to withdraw an admission of liability, whether a tour operator is liable for the criminal acts of hotel employees, the impact of decisions in criminal proceedings and when is a path a highway.
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.
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues in relation to childhood abuse trials, unidentified drivers, an EL claim following a terrorist attack, the ability to adduce evidence in relation to life expectancy and concerns over the security of periodical payments against the backdrop of Brexit.
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues in relation to vicarious liability, a stay in proceedings, litigant in person sanctions, and some limitation decisions.
The Civil Liability Bill is a big stride in the right direction but there remains a lot to play for on the detail to ensure it achieves its aim, we have warned
We are thrilled to announce that we have published a significantly updated edition of our guide to claims handling, which helps empower insurers, third party administrators, corporates and their claims teams to become less reliant on their lawyers.