The case of Goldscheider v The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation [2018] EWHC 687 (QB) received a lot of attention because of the unusual facts. However the case is, in fact, a classic illustration of the central importance of the risk assessment in modern litigation. THE RISK…

For those with an interest (perhaps in the broadest sense of the word) in credit hire litigation, the long-running war between credit hire organisations (‘CHOs’) and motor insurers continues with a judgment from Mr Justice Turner in the QBD. In the appeal of Miss Katherine Ann Irving -v- Morgan Sindall plc [2018] EWHC 1147 (QB) Turner J […]

Yesterday, after a rigorous selection process, followed by months of intensive training, a select group set forth from Zenith Chambers to take part in the Leeds Legal Walk. (The compulsory photo outside chambers).   Next year we are buying shares in the company that makes branded T-shirts.       The route (we think) we […]

An unreasonable failure to follow the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury (Employers’ Liability and Public Liability) Claims before settling a claim pre-issue will very likely lead to only fixed costs being recovered and the time to raise such an argument is when filing an acknowledgment of service to Part 8 costs-only proceedings. The […]

The Civil Liability Bill, which will bring in significant reforms for personal injury claims if it comes into force, had its second reading in the House of Lords on Wednesday this week.  It was debated for around four hours.  Despite criticism from several peers, the bill will move to the committee stage of consideration next […]

On 18th April 2018 the Supreme Court gave judgment in Gavin Edmondson Solicitors Ltd v Haven Insurance Company Ltd. The case represents an important victory for Claimant solicitors, who would be well advised to review their files for previous cases falling within its ambit. The case concerned the recoverability of Claimant solicitors’ costs in circumstances where, […]

Your average Counsel is a fairly robust beast of burden, used to carrying large amounts of paper, without complaint, the length and breadth of the country. Trial bundles running to several hundred pages in even the most straightforward of personal injury cases are not uncommon. In my experience, however, judges are becoming more and more […]