PI Newsletter August 2019 – Travel Law Edition

Welcome to this edition of Farrar’s Building PI newsletter. This month’s edition has a travel law theme to the majority of the articles. 

In this edition, Frederick Lyon reviews the case of X v. Kuonigiving his analysis of the decisions so far and commenting on the potential implications of the awaited decisions of the Supreme Court and the ECJ.

Michael Dougherty analyses the recent High Court decision in Carmelo Labbadia -v- Alitalia (Societa Aerea Italiana S.p.A) [2019] EWHC 2103 (QB), a case that provides analysis and clarification on the definition of an ‘accident’ within article 17(1) Montreal Convention 1999.

Peter Savory provides an analysis of the recent case of Claire Hammond v. SIG plc and Subsidiary Companie [2019] EWHC B7 (Costs), which considers the question of whether fixed or standard basis costs should be recoverable in a claim that started in the portal, in addition to providing us with a round-up of some recent European caselaw addressing the issue of ‘exceptional circumstances’ in flight delay claims. 

Finally, Oliver May provides us with a case law update, analysing the decisions in Deborah Barlow v Wigan Council [2019] EWHC 1546 (QB), a Highways case, and in Motor Insurers Bureau v Michael Lewis [2019] EWCA Civ 909.

If you have any queries regarding this newsletter or would like any further information on this issue, please contact me or any of the contributors.

Best wishes, Laura Fitzgibbon