Monthly Archives: December 2018


Civil Liability Act 2018 is passed

Published: 21/12/2018 | News, Personal Injury

By Amelia Highnam The Civil Liability Bill received Royal Assent on 20th December 2018. This Act gives the Lord Chancellor the power to change the law on both the measure of damages for whiplash injuries and the discount rate for PI claims. The Act is part of the Government’s plans to increase the Small Claims […]

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Farrar’s celebrates our most successful year

Published: 21/12/2018 | News

Members and Staff at Farrar’s Building celebrated the most successful year ever for Chambers, during a delightful dinner and Awards ceremony at the Bleeding Heart restaurant in Farringdon. Two of our Award Winners; Kelly Penstone-Smith and James Shaw We wish all our friends and colleagues a Very Happy Christmas and New Year.  

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QOCS and the spurious counterclaim

Published: 07/12/2018 | Costs, News, Personal Injury

By Amelia Highnam The landscape of costs law for personal injury lawyers changed on 1 April 2013 with the introduction of Qualified One-Way Costs shifting (“QOCS”). The change was implemented by the introduction of Rules 44.13-17 in the Civil Procedure Rules. The consequences are that if a Defendant is unsuccessful in defending a claim then […]

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Aidan O’Brien successfully represents disabled medical student withdrawn from her programme of study

Published: 07/12/2018 | News

Aidan O’Brien successfully represented a disabled medical student during a university appeal hearing, following her withdrawal from her programme of study.  The student had been removed from her course following her second failed attempt at a practical ‘OSCE’ assessment.  Aidan successfully argued that the university had failed to ensure that reasonable adjustments were in place, […]

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