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Ezugwu v Platt

Harry Vann was instructed as junior counsel for the Defendant in this claim for over £5m for catastrophic personal injuries arising out of a road traffic accident. Liability was admitted. The Claimant’s fiancée was killed in the accident and the claimant also brought a dependency claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 in this regard. The Defendant disputed that the Claimant was a dependant for the purposes of the Act.

This was the first case of such significance following the Court of Appeal decision in Thompstone v Tameside & Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust [2008] EWCA Civ 5 to consider a complex periodical payments order. The 41 year old Claimant accepted a lump sum of £1,740,000 and annual periodical payments of £137,000 in settlement of the action on the eve of trial in the Birmingham District Registry before HHJ MacDuff QC.

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