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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Aidan O’Brien successfully represents disabled medical student withdrawn from her programme of study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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Cost budgeting: hourly rates should not be left for detailed assessment

Published: 30/11/2018 | News, Personal Injury

By Peter Savory, Pupil Barrister Note: Yirenkyi v Ministry of Defence 2018 QBD (Jacobs J) 2nd November 2018 Sources: Lawtel & Westlaw [2018] 11 WLUK 2018 The decisions of a costs master were recently successfully appealed where it was held the master’s original consideration of the budget was inconsistent with provisions of the CPR. At […]

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Jake Rowley Successfully Defends ‘The Climbing Academy’ Following Three-Day Liability Trial in Claim Pleaded in the region of £800,000

Published: 26/11/2018 | News, Personal Injury

Jake Rowley successfully defends ‘The Climbing Academy’ following three-day liability trial in claim pleaded in the region of £800,000 Jake was recently instructed to defend The Climbing Academy, a Bristol based climbing and bouldering centre, in a claim brought by Miss Elizabeth Jones for personal injury and consequential losses. The Claimant was a novice climber […]

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Hannah Saxena successful in defending fraudulent claim in Chalfoun & Chalfoun v Metroline Travel Ltd (2018)

Published: 23/11/2018 | News, Personal Injury

Hannah Saxena successful in defending fraudulent claim in Chalfoun & Chalfoun v Metroline Travel Ltd (2018) The claim arose out of a road traffic accident between the first claimant’s car and the defendant’s bus in October 2015.  The second claimant was the first claimant’s son and a passenger in his car.  The defendant alleged that […]

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Personal Injury Newsletter – November 2018

Published: 20/11/2018 | News, Newsletters, Personal Injury

Welcome to the November edition of the Farrar’s Building Personal Injury Newsletter. In this edition Tom Emslie-Smith provides us with his analysis of the position of the law on vicarious liability following the recent case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2214. Howard Cohen’s article ‘Staring Dishonesty in the Face’ gives a […]

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