I am presenting a webinar on avoiding the pitfalls in fatal accident claims on the 29th March 2019, 1 – 2 pm. It is designed to look at those areas of fatal accident litigation where a lawyer can be negligent, or run into significant problems. ISSUES TO BE COVERED Important issues prior to death, the […]

The law of limitation for  Fatal Accidents Act claims for children is often misunderstood.    Here we look at the limitation period in relation to fatal accident claims and children.  There are two issues: the limitation period when any of the dependants are children: the limitation period when it is a child who has been […]

In Blake v Mad Max Ltd  [2018] EWHC 2134 (QB) Peter Marquand (sitting as a High Court Judge) considered several disputed aspects of damages in a fatal claim. The judgment provides a useful guide to general damages in mesothelioma cases, it confirms the view that…

In  Pearce & Ors v The Secretary of State for Business, Energy And Industrial Strategy & Ors [2018] EWHC 2009 (QB) Mr Justice Turner considered the principles relating to Section 33 of the Limitation Act 1980 and granted an application where the claim was brought 25 years out of time.  This is an important recap of the […]

  The facts in Powell & Ors v The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2018] EWHC B12 (Costs) are quite extraordinary.  This judgment, on the issue of costs, adds to the material relating to proportionality.  Equally important is the fact that it provides some guidance as to the steps a claimant is able  recover costs for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]