Monthly Archives: May 2016

If you’re going to go down a steep slope, make sure you do it on your bottom!

 By Vilma Vodanovic In a decision handed down last week in English Heritage v Taylor [2016] EWCA Civ 448 the Court of Appeal upheld a first instance decision of a finding of breach of duty under section 2 of the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 and a finding of 50% contributory negligence against the claimant. The issues […]


  By John Collins In the recent cases of Cook v Virgin Media Ltd and McNeil v Tesco Plc [2016] 1WLR 1672, the Court of Appeal had to consider two cases raising a virtually identical issue. Each case related to a Scottish claimant claiming for personal injuries sustained in Scotland against Defendants who had registered offices […]

Advising the client

 By Mr John Collins   The result of the virtual destruction of the legal aid system is that inevitably people are not merely trying to represent themselves before the court, but they are trying to mitigate the cost to themselves by simply using solicitors and indeed barristers for some limited functions. It is certainly better […]

Increasing costs budget – what constitutes “significant development”

 By Justin Crossley In Churchill v Boot 2016 (QBD 22/04/2016) permission to appeal against a master’s order refusing permission to amend a cost budget was refused. The claim arose from a road traffic accident in 2009, in which the Claimant had sustained a serious brain injury. In 2014, a master approved cost budgets for the […]