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News & Events: May 2016



EA v Glastonbury Festival

News | 24th May 2016

John Cooper QC successfully persuaded the court in a two day ‘Newton’ hearing that the culpability of the Festival was low in relation to a category 2 pollution incident at the 2014 festival. The case concerned the discharge of urine from a storage tank into the River Whitelake. The incident was originally alleged to be category […]

The inquest into the death of Stephen Hunt

News | 19th May 2016

The inquest into the death of Stephen Hunt concluded on 18.5.16 after 6 weeks of hearings. The jury completed a questionnaire containing 15 questions. They concluded that Firefighter Hunt had been unlawfully killed as a result of the deliberate actions of two 15 year old girls who started the fire. James Maxwell-Scott QC (instructed by […]

Michael Kent QC & Jason Evans-Tovey acted successfully in Cape Distribution Limited

News | 18th May 2016

Michael Kent QC and Jason Evans-Tovey (instructed by BLM) acted successfully in Cape Distribution Limited v Cape Intermediate Holdings PLC [2016] EWHC 1119 (QB) for a Cape subsidiary and its insurers, Aviva Plc, in a substantial Cape-related piece of litigation being managed by Mr Justice Picken relating to preliminary issues and the scope and effect […]

David Sears QC & Michael Curtis QC to speak at the White Paper Construction Law: Shaping New Cases into Solution-Focused Advice for Clients

News | 11th May 2016

David Sears QC will be answering the question ‘Given the move towards collaborative forms of contract, what does “good faith” mean; how do you show it has been satisfied?’ Michael Curtis QC will be answering the question ‘When considering concurrent delay, to what extent is the court replacing “dominant cause” with “effective cause”, with reference […]

The Jury unanimously acquitted a director of Watling Tyres after a trial at Canterbury Crown Court

News | 11th May 2016

John Cooper QC represented the director who had been charged with an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The trial concluded 10 years and 4 months after the tragic death of Matthew Hoare an employee Watling Tyres in 2006 in Kent. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-36265834 http://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/tyre-firm-director-cleared-of-95708/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-36199340 http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-05-04/company-director-in-court-over-tyre-fitters-death/

Roger ter Haar QC will be the key note speaker for the Navigant Great Delay Debate

News | 10th May 2016

Roger ter Haar QC from Crown Office Chambers will be the key note speaker for the Navigant Great Delay Debate, which will explore the methodology and differences between prospective and retrospective delay analysis. He will be joined by a strong panel of experts including Samir Daoud from Diar Consult and Peter Shaw from Dentons. Further […]

Ben Quiney QC and Michele De Gregorio acting in Rolls Building dispute in the TCC

News | 6th May 2016

Carillion Construction Ltd v Woods Bagot Europe Ltd & ors [2016] EWHC 905 (TCC) Ben Quiney QC and Michele De Gregorio, instructed by BLM, appeared for AECOM in a trial of preliminary issues before Miss Recorder Nerys Jefford QC. The claim concerns the construction of the Rolls Building, the home of the TCC and Commercial […]


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