The law in relation to fatal accidents This blog aims to provide a resource for all those involved in fatal accident litigation, whether it be as a dependant or a litigator. This section provides a brief overview of the law in relation to fatal accidents. See the links section on the side of this blog […]

In the judgment today in Smith -v- Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 2208 (QB) Mr Justice Edis, reluctantly, held that the Fatal Accidents Act bereavement payment cannot be extended to cover a cohabitee. “Why, in any event, does it serve any public interest…

A number of recent cases I have been involved in have highlighted the need for care when dealing with claimants who have specific cultural expectations as to dependency.  There are relatively few reported cases on this topic. It is worth looking at them. KEY POINTS Perhaps the major point to be made is to read […]

Zenith Chambers invite you to :     PI Wine and Wisdom: Fatal Accident Damages Masterclass       4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Tuesday, 19th July 2016     The Chambers, 30 Park Place, LS1 2SP     £20.00     This seminar is accredited for 2 CPD Hr(s) On Tuesday 19th July 2016, […]

Originally posted on Civil Litigation Brief:
Over the weekend I heard two speakers on costs budgeting mention my view that costs budgeting may not now apply to fatal accident claims where children are dependants.  Given the potential significance of this, it is worth expanding my concerns. THE NEW RULE The new rules came into force on…

Originally posted on Civil Litigation Brief:
There has been major controversy recently about the proposed increase in probate fees. In particular there was some concern, expressed on twitter, that claimants could not afford to issue proceedings.  There are a number of points that need to be considered,  if there is a major increase in probate…

The Supreme Court gave judgment in Knauer -v- Ministry [2016] UKSC 9 of Justice this morning. The court allowed the appeal.  The multiplier in a fatal accident case now runs from the date of trial/assessment and not the date of death. This means that fatal accident awards will now be higher.  There is a greater […]

The judgment in the Supreme Court case about multipliers is to be given on the 24th February 2016.   The video of the arguments in the case can be seen here.