Category Damages

THE CHILD CLAIMANT AND FATAL ACCIDENT LITIGATION: WEBINAR 8TH DECEMBER 2020

I am giving a webinar on the 8th December 2020.  I wanted to look at the particular issues facing a child claimant in a fatal accident case.   There are quite complex principles governing the losses involved.  Booking details are available here. THE WEBINAR This webinar looks at the particular problems and issues faced by a child […]

FATAL ACCIDENTS 2020: A SERIES OF WEBINARS TO HELP THOSE INVOLVED IN FATAL ACCIDENTS LITIGATION

Normally at this time of year I get together with Hilary Wetherell to present a one day course on fatal accidents.  There are obvious difficulties with giving  lectures this year. We are instead  series of webinars on the key issues relating to fatal accident litigation and damages. FATAL ACCIDENTS: SEEING THE CLIENT FOR THE FIRST TIME, PREPARING […]

INCREASE IN FATAL ACCIDENT BEREAVEMENT AWARD FROM TODAY

  INCREASE IN FATAL ACCIDENT BEREAVEMENT AWARD FROM TODAY: A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THE BEREAVEMENT AWARD ct 2020 has increased to £15,210.  However that increase only applies where the cause of action accrues on or after 1st May 2020. It has no relevance to ongoing cases, see The Damages for Bereavement (Variation of Sum) […]

FATAL ACCIDENTS: LAW, PRACTICE, PROCEDURE & COMPASSION: COURSES IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2019

Alongside solicitor and partner in Irwin Mitchell Hilary Wetherell I am speaking at the APIL day-long courses on fatal accidents in November and December this year, in London, Manchester and Bristol.  Our emphasis is on practical knowledge and application of that knowledge, alongside compassionate client care. “Stimulating, scintilating and inspiring on what is a very difficult and […]

FATAL ACCIDENTS COURSES: MANCHESTER AND LONDON NOVEMBER 2018

In November this year I will, along with solicitor, Hilary Wetherell, be giving two day-long courses organised by APIL “Fatal Accidents, Practice, Procedure and Compassion”   Manchester on 21/11/2018 London 28/11/2018 Booking details are available here.  Details from the APIL website. “This course will be given by experienced practitioner Hilary Wetherell, a partner at Irwin Mitchell, and […]

DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF A FATHER: DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF “INTANGIBLE BENEFIT” AWARDED

In  CC v TD [2018] EWHC 1240 (QB) His Honour Judge Freedman (sitting as a High Court judge) found that it was appropriate for the court to award damages for loss of intangible benefit when children had suffered the loss of a father. THE CASE The deceased was killed in a road traffic accident. At trial the judge […]

COSTS: THE COSTS OF ATTENDING AN INQUEST: THE APPROPRIATE APPROACH

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 […]

FATAL ACCIDENTS : COHABITEE IS (OR SHOULD BE) ENTITLED TO BEREAVEMENT PAYMENT

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 […]

FATAL ACCIDENT DEPENDENCY AND CULTURAL EXPECTATIONS: THE REPORTED CASES

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 […]

FATAL ACCIDENTS DAMAGES MASTERCLASS: 19th JULY 2016 LEEDS

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, […]