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Unsuccessful Personal Injury Counterclaims and QOCS

Published: 17/03/2021 | News

Introduction On 15th January 2021, HHJ Gargan, sitting in the County Court at Middlesbrough, handed down judgment in the case of Jim Sutcliffe v (1) Aftab Ali; (2) Aviva Insurance. Sutcliffe represents the latest Circuit Judge’s decision on the issue of whether a party who brings an unsuccessful counterclaim for damages for personal injury has […]

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Justice for Harry Baker as Jury Convicts Seven Defendants of Homicide

Published: 16/03/2021 | News

Following a trial at Newport Crown Court, lasting almost 10 weeks, seven defendants were all convicted of homicide in a case prosecuted by Paul Lewis QC of Farrar’s Building. A jury unanimously convicted four defendants of murder and the remaining three of manslaughter. Sentences will be passed on 29th. March. The BBC reports on the […]

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“An eagle for Farrar’s Building: a double bogey for the prosecution” – s.37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Published: 16/03/2021 | News

Matthew Kerruish-Jones and James Rozier, were recently instructed by Philip Tracey and Claire Attridge of Plexus Law, to act for the defendant directors of Greenside Golf Club Limited. Greenside Golf Club were prosecuted by Sevenoaks District Council for allegedly breaching s.37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 due to their consent, connivance […]

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World Rugby Announces the Head Contact Process (HCP)

Published: 15/03/2021 | News

In a move to underline the sport’s commitment to head injury prevention, a review group which included Farrar’s Building’s Christopher Quinlan QC, Independent Judicial Panel Chairman for World Rugby, has announced the HCP to protect players. HCP will come into force as a Law Application Guideline, for all levels of the game, to raise awareness […]

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Can an employee refuse to come to work for fear of contracting Coronavirus? Considerations of s. 44(1)(d) and s.100 Employment Rights Act 1996 by Tom Bourne-Arton

Published: 15/03/2021 | News

S.44(1)(d) ERA 1996 states: “(1) An employee has the right not to be subjected to any detriment by any act, or any deliberate failure to act, by his employer done on the ground that – … (d) in circumstances of danger which the employee reasonably believed to be serious and imminent and which he could […]

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Putting the Cart Before the Horse? Assessing the Credibility of Complaints Before Complainants in Disciplinary Proceedings.

Published: 10/03/2021 | News

A recent appeal before the High Court once again emphasises the importance of disciplinary tribunals assessing the credibility of complaints rather than the credibility of the complainant. In Khan v General Medical Council [2021] EWHC 374 (Admin), Knowles J found a fact-finding analysis undertaken by the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal (MPT) was fundamentally flawed in judging […]

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Assessing Witness Credibility: Professional Discipline and Beyond

Published: 08/03/2021 | News

For those that potentially missed it last summer (which, let’s face it, was easily done), the case of R (Dutta) v GMC [2020] EWHC 1974 (Admin) contains an extremely useful summary of the modern guidance and caselaw surrounding the issue of assessing a witness’ credibility and provides a stern reminder to all, not just to […]

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Small Claims and Whiplash Reforms Published

Published: 08/03/2021 | News

Two statutory instruments and the latest update to the CPR Practice Directions confirm that the small claims and whiplash reforms are proceeding in earnest, with measures expected to come into force on 31st May 2021. This will not be a detailed consideration of the new rules, or the new practice direction/protocol, but provides a summary […]

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