Monthly Archives: April 2015

Gloucester Rugby Club hit with a £5,000 fine

Published: 28/04/2015 | News

On Monday 27 April 2015, Gloucester RFC were fined £5,000 and handed a suspended two-point deduction for fielding an incorrectly registered player, Mariano Galarza. Bonike Erinle was on the RFU panel that delivered the verdict.

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Georgina Crawford wins appeal for Good Samaritan after assault

Published: 27/04/2015 | News

Georgina Crawford was successful in an appeal regarding a good Samaritan.  She appealed a decision by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to refuse the appellant’s application for compensation arising out of his intervention in an assault. The appellant was himself assaulted leaving him with life changing brain injuries and a long term inability to work. […]

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Exemplary Damages success for Howard Cohen

Published: 22/04/2015 | News

Howard Cohen recently won substantial exemplary damages against three Claimants who, it was determined, had brought fraudulent claims following a “slam-on” type road traffic accident in Milton Keynes. After an Amended Defence and Counter-claim were served specifically pleading fraud, the Claimants discontinued their claims. The counter-claims of the two Defendants (innocent driver and his insurer) […]

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Saracens lock cleared of striking and charging citing

Published: 20/04/2015 | News

Saracens forward Billy Vunipola is free to play in their European Champions Cup semi-final at Clermont Auvergne after being cleared of head-butting. Bonike Erinle sat on the RFU panel that cleared the Saracens lock of a striking and charging citing.

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Contributory Negligence & Apportionment: What can you do if you are not happy?

Published: 14/04/2015 | News

Carwyn Cox discusses contributory negligence and apportionment. A finding of Contributory Negligence means that damages should be reduced to such extent as the court thinks just and equitable having regard to the claimant’s share in the responsibility for the damage. What is the position where a party is dissatisfied with the reduction that is made […]

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Is this the “hammer blow” to the credit hire companies the end of the matter?

Published: 09/04/2015 | News

Karl Stevens v Equity Syndicate Management Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 93; is this the “hammer blow” to the credit hire companies the end of the matter? This significant appellate decision handed down at the end of February impacts upon the main arguments going to the issue of “rate” in credit hire claims which are routinely […]

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Joshua Hedgman successful in multi track road traffic accident trial

Published: 08/04/2015 | News

Joshua Hedgman was successful in a multi track road traffic accident trial where he appeared for the Claimant before Recorder Bright QC. The claim was for damages after the uninsured Defendant shunted the Claimant’s vehicle onto a roundabout. The impact caused the Claimant to suffer a head injury alongside orthopaedic injuries and Post Traumatic Stress […]

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Aidan O’Brien sits on the RFU disciplinary hearing arising from Nathan Hughes’ collision with George North

Published: 02/04/2015 | News

Aidan O’Brien sat as a panel member at the RFU disciplinary hearing, chaired by Sir James Dingemans, arising from the red card shown to Nathan Hughes (Wasps Rugby) following a collision with George North (Northampton Saints). The player appeared before the panel charged with striking with the knee and/or shin, contrary to Law 10.4(a), during […]

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