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Dishonest claims can result in prison – Judges warned to approach with caution

7th June, 2018

A claimant has been jailed for 3 months following a landmark decision for a dishonest clinical negligence claim against the NHS. HJ Spencer said the judgement should be a ‘warning to all’, this being the first contempt case pursued by an


FCA crackdown on rent to own providers

31st May, 2018

After nearly two years of looking at the cost of high interest borrowing the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has unveiled proposals for new regulations to protect three million people from sky-high credit costs. It has now put forward a set of


Hip-hip, but no hooray for now...

22nd May, 2018

There will be much disappointment today for the claimants involved in one of the largest "product liability” group actions as they have lost the first round of a legal battle for compensation at the High Court over allegedly "defective” hip


Acoustic Shockwaves

4th April, 2018

I am sitting at my desk early this morning whilst reading the news on the case brought by Mr Goldscheider against the Royal Opera House (ROH) for damages for acoustic shock, a condition with symptoms including tinnitus, hyperacusis and dizziness. I


Does QOCS apply against multiple Defendants?

22nd February, 2018

Who ever said that following the Jackson reforms and the implementation of QOCS, there would be a never ending stream of satellite litigation to challenge the implementation and effect of these new rules. Well they were right of course with litigat


Insurers, taking the Rise again!

30th January, 2018

The latest news to be quietly released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) is that car insurance premiums have once again risen to a new high, having risen for nine successive quarters and the last of those between October


A false sense of security

30th November, 2017

After the event insurance which can be voided does not constitute adequate security for costs, the Court of Appeal has ruled. In  Premier Motorauctions Ltd v Anor v Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP & Anor [2017] the Court of Appeal decided that the e


An "Expert” View

29th November, 2017

As those of us in the field of personal injury face more uncertainty as to the future of claims and how they are conducted, it should be remembered that it is not just the lawyers who work in this field,



30th October, 2017

Here we are, back again to look at some more decisions from the court on the issue of honesty, or ‘dishonesty’ to be correct. The Court of Appeal had been asked to consider whether a District Judge had been entitled to


Transferring the risk to the public purse: Government to cover GP’s against clinical negligence clai

27th October, 2017

The news that the Government intends to cover GP’s against clinical negligence claims is bound to raise more controversy within an NHS system which is already underfunded. The Department of Health will develop its own scheme to provide cover for fu


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