Monthly Archives: October 2015

Six months on, and what’s the prognosis for MedCo?

 By Kate McKinlay   Six months ago I blogged about low value personal injury litigation’s quantum leap in to the uncharted territory of MedCo. So, six months on, how has it fared? Well, not good it would appear. In fact such were the concerns that the MOJ brought forward the first review by three months […]

Strict Approach to Defendant’s non-attendance at trial

 By Joanna Hastie Van Collem v Van Collem [2015] EWHC 2184 (Ch) The defendant failed to appear for the first day of the listed trial and accordingly the defence was struck out. The defendant  then applied to set aside the order and apply for an adjournment of the trial on medical grounds, stating that his […]


There were some interesting developments on success fees last month which were considered by members of the PI team. Here’s a round up of what we were discussing throughout August and September: DAMAGES Gordon Exall considered the basic principles of personal injury damages in Another example of judges going back to basics with personal injury […]


This is a good time to remind everyone that Zenith’s Annual Personal Injury Update takes place on the 15th October.  There are only a limited number of places left. The last course at the Park Plaza. Note the comfortable seating and relaxed atmosphere. TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE Developments in the CPR Part 36, recent […]


 By Chris Rafferty   The question of what costs to award (if any) to a party who has failed to provide a schedule of costs troubled the High Court recently in the case of The Queen (on the application of the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority) -v- Imran [2015] EWHC 2572 (Admin). Mr Justice Dove was concerned […]

Some guidance on interpretation of the effect of the Enterprise Act

By Frances Lawley Personal injury specialists have long awaited clear guidance on how the changes effected by Section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 will be interpreted by the courts. This provision amended section 47 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 such that breach of duties imposed by […]