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   Douglas v Ministry of Justice & Anor [2018] EWHC B2 (Costs) Master Leonard considered the issue of the recoverability of costs of attending an inquest. There  is a highly nuanced approach. There is support for some of the costs of a deceased party attending the inquest being recoverable. It adds an added layer of complexity to representation […]

I had an interesting email this morning from Jon Heath, solicitor at Levins, Liverpool. It dealt with the issue of costs budgeting in a fatal case where there is a child involved. BUDGETING, FATAL ACCIDENTS AND CHILDREN CLAIMS “I recently attended a CCMC at the County Court at Liverpool on behalf of the claimant in […]

The Court of Appeal decided today that the failure of the  Fatal Accidents Act to include cohabitees  within the definition of those entitled to a bereavement payment is incompatible with Section 4 of the Human Rights Act. As the law currently stands cohabitees are  not entitled to the statutory bereavement payment under the Fatal Accidents […]

In Magill v Panel Systems (DB Limited) [2017] EWHC 1517 (QB) His Honour Judge Gosnell (sitting as a Judge of the High Court) considered some key issues relating to fatal accident damages. ? THE CASE The claimant was the widow whose husband died from a cardiac…

  There is a detailed discussion of the law of mutual wills in the judgment of  HHJ Paul Matthews (sitting as a High Court judge)  in Legg & Anor v Burton & Ors [2017] EWHC 2088 (Ch).  This will be looked at in a later post. Here I want to look at the important point that the […]

The decision of the Upper Tribunal in  VG -v- CICA [2017] UKUT 0049 (AAC) is important reading for anyone involved in advising in fatal claims. In essence a High Court action was rendered valueless because the damages awarded were offset by the CICA.  It shows…

Originally posted on Civil Litigation Brief:
In Kimathi & Ors -v- The Foreign & Commonwealth Office [2016] EWHC 3005 (QB) Mr Justice Stewart reviewed the principles in relation to bringing an action on behalf of a deceased party.  It is an important reminder of some very basic principles. An action is brought by the deceased’s…