Insurers Defeat ‘Fundamentally Dishonest’ Road Accident Damages Claim

<p><img alt=”Bus” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />There are sadly those who view road accidents as an opportunity to mount dishonest or inflated compensation claims. However, as one case showed, developments in the law, combined with the motor insurance industry's increasing vigilance, mean that they are likely to end up cheating no-one but themselves.</p>… Read more »

Companies Collapse and Employees Suffer – But the Law Does Provide Protection

<p>When companies collapse without warning, shocked employees can be left high and dry. However, as a case concerning a troubled package holiday company showed, those who swiftly take legal advice are not without Government-backed protection.</p> <p><img alt=”holiday sunset” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The company had encountered severe financial difficulties, in part due to… Read more »

Restaurant Director Overturns Nut Allergy Manslaughter Conviction

<p>In what circumstances should company directors be held criminally responsible for the gross negligence of their subordinates? That was the burning issue addressed by the Court of Appeal in a case concerning a 15-year-old girl who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to a kebab ordered from a takeaway restaurant.</p> <p>When ordering the meal through a… Read more »

Exposing Negligence is Just as Important as Winning Compensation

<p>For many victims of medical malpractice, exposing serious instances of negligence can be just as important as winning compensation. In a case on point, the High Court found that a doctor used excessive force during a baby boy&rsquo;s forceps delivery and that his conduct fell far below the professional standard expected of him.</p> <p>The boy… Read more »

Disability Discrimination – Employers Don’t Have to Shut Their Eyes to Reality

<p>Discriminating against sick employees is obviously unacceptable, but that does not mean that employers have to ignore health difficulties in deciding whether someone is fit enough to perform a particular role. The Court of Appeal succinctly made that point in the case of a chemical engineer whose medical problems resulted in him being overlooked for… Read more »

Globe-Spanning Personal Relationships – What About the Children?

<p>With the other side of the world only a day&rsquo;s flying time away, personal relationships are no longer constrained by distance and that can pose a particular challenge for family judges. A case on point concerned a 10-year-old boy at the centre of a trans-global struggle between his British father and New Zealander mother.</p> <p><img… Read more »