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News & Events: March 2012



Asbestos: Supreme Court Rejects Insurers’ Arguments in the EL Trigger Litigation

News | 28th Mar 2012

The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the EL Trigger Litigation (28 March 2012). David Platt QC and Peter Houghton (for Excess Insurance) and John Williams (for 10 local authorities) appeared in the Supreme Court appeal which was heard over 8 days in December. In its judgment, the Supreme Court unanimously rejects the arguments […]

Catherine Foster represents a Claimant injured in a climbing wall accident

News | 22nd Mar 2012

A company that operated an indoor rock-climbing centre was held liable for injuries sustained by the Claimant who jumped down from a bouldering wall and injured her ankle as she had had not been given appropriate instructions on how to descend the wall. The Judge considered a number of issues including the nature and scope […]

Isabel Hitching and Crispin Winser speak at the Arbrix Spring Meeting 16-18th March 2012

News | 14th Mar 2012

Isabel Hitching and Crispin Winser were amongst the key speakers at this weekend’s Arbrix Conference (the club for members of the RICS panels of arbitrators and adjudicators), held at the Hilton Coventry Hotel. Isabel spoke in relation to ‘The Interpretation of Contracts’ and Crispin gave a talk regarding ‘Adjudicators’ Entitlement to Fees’. Both talks were extremely […]

One year limitation provision upheld by Court of Appeal

News | 6th Mar 2012

A one year bespoke contractual limitation clause was held to be enforceable by the Court of Appeal in the recent case of Inframatrix Developments Ltd v Dean Construction Ltd. The Appeal Court upheld HHJ Behren’s decision to strike out the Claimant developer’s claim against the Defendant contractors for losses arising out of a contract for […]

Catherine Foster & Nadia Whittaker represent the ‘Atomic Veterans’ in the Supreme Court

News | 2nd Mar 2012

AB & Others v Ministry of Defence [2012] UKSC 9, on appeal from [2010] EWCA Civ 1317. The ‘Atomic Veterans’, represented by Catherine Foster and Nadia Whittaker received a landmark judgment of the Supreme Court on 14th March 2012, in which the Court considered the correct approach to ‘knowledge’ for the purpose of section 14 of […]


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