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News & Events: October 2012



David Sears QC joins Crown Office Chambers

News | 16th Oct 2012

We are delighted to announce that David Sears QC has accepted an invitation to join Crown Office Chambers. David, currently at 4 New Square, is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in commercial dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on professional indemnity, construction & engineering, energy & utilities, information technology and insurance law. David is […]

Unlawful killing verdicts and road traffic accidents

News | 11th Oct 2012

James Maxwell-Scott, instructed by Stephen Barnfield of Hill Dickinson LLP, represented the successful claimant in R (Wilkinson) v HM Coroner for the Greater Manchester South District [2012] EWHC 2755 (Admin). At an inquest following a fatal road traffic accident, the jury returned a verdict of “unlawful killing” after being directed by the Coroner that they […]

Update: Damages for non-economic loss to increase by 10% from 1 April 2013

News | 11th Oct 2012

The Court of Appeal has now handed down its further judgment in Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1288, in which Andrew Davis appeared for the Defendant. Following representations by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA), the Court of Appeal has […]

Court of Appeal judgment on Rylands v Fletcher strict liability for the escape of fire

News | 4th Oct 2012

Jonathan Waite QC and Michele De Gregorio, instructed by DAC Beachcroft, appeared for the successful appellant in Stannard (t/a Wyvern Tyres) v Gore [2012] EWCA Civ 1248. The claim concerned the escape of fire from the Defendant’s tyre fitting business to the Claimant’s adjoining premises on a trading estate in Hereford. The fire (electrical in […]

Crown Office Chambers welcomes James Sharpe

News | 3rd Oct 2012

We are delighted to announce that James Sharpe has accepted a tenancy following succesful completion of his pupillage. Before joining Chambers James read Jurisprudence at Somerville College, University of Oxford and was then a research assistant in the Commercial and Common Law Team at the Law Commission during which time he was heavily involved in […]


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