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News & Events: November 2017



Perry v Raleys Solicitors – Permission to appeal to the Supreme Court is granted

Articles | 30th Nov 2017

On 6 November 2017, the Supreme Court (Lady Hale, Lord Reed and Lady Black) granted Raleys Solicitors permission to appeal the order made by the Court of Appeal on 28 April 2017 ([2017] EWCA Civ 314; [2017] P.N.L.R. 27). The claim is typical of a number of professional negligence claims being brought against the Appellant […]

Court of Appeal holds bereavement damages provision incompatible with human rights

Articles | 29th Nov 2017

By Adam Taylor Introduction In a judgment handed down yesterday, the Court of Appeal granted the appeal of the Claimant dependant in Smith v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 1916. The Court, consisting of Etherton MR, McCombe LJ and Elias J, made a declaration that the bereavement damages provision within section 1A […]

Very late amendments refused by the Commercial Court: BAGA v PSL & Ors

News | 27th Nov 2017

On 21 August 2017, Mr Justice Knowles heard and dismissed the Claimants’ application to amend their claim, which would have extended the allegations against the Third Defendant, Perkins Slade Limited (“PSL”), to include acts or omissions as regards excess layer insurers in addition to the allegations already made as against the primary layer insurers. From […]

Michael Kent QC and Peter Houghton in the Supreme Court

News | 27th Nov 2017

Michael Kent QC and Peter Houghton appear today for the Respondent in the Supreme Court appeal of Dryden & Ors v Johnson Matthey Plc. (The case was reported at first instance and in the Court of Appeal as Greenway and ors v. Johnson Matthey Plc [2016] EWCA Civ 408.) The appeal concerns the claims by […]

Legal 500 Awards 2018

News | 23rd Nov 2017

Crown Office Chambers are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for The Legal 500 UK 2018 awards in the following areas: Chambers of the year – Construction & Energy Junior of the year – Anna Laney, Construction & Energy Silk of the year – Andrew Rigney QC, Construction & Energy Chambers of the […]

Mark Balysz has secured the acquittal of a director

News | 16th Nov 2017

Mark Balysz has secured the acquittal of a director charged with s.37 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. The jury found his client not guilty after an eight day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

Farrah D. Mauladad represented the parents of Iris Day

News | 15th Nov 2017

Six-month-old Iris Day died on 2 December 2016 after going to Colchester Hospital while in respiratory distress. There were signs Iris was deteriorating which were not identified by the treating clinicians. Giving a narrative determination the Coroner found that there were failings in the care provided by the Hospital. Farrah was instructed by Kirsten Wall […]

Does Fundamental Dishonesty need to be “distinctly” pleaded?

Articles | 10th Nov 2017

By Helen Pagett Guidance given by the Court of Appeal in Lorna Howlett (1) Justin Howlett (2) v Penelope Davies (1) Ageas Insurance Ltd (2) [2017] EWCA Civ 1696. Following the introduction of Qualified One Way Costs Shifting (QOCS) a successful Defendant may enforce a costs order beyond any sums recovered “with the permission of […]

David Sears QC will be speaking at The Society of Construction Law

News | 9th Nov 2017

On Thursday 30th November 2017, David Sears QC will be presenting his paper to The Society of Construction Law, ‘”Who is my neighbour?” The circumstances in which a professional can assume responsibility in tort without any contractual responsibility’. For further details, please see below: Time: 6.00pm Date: Thursday 30th November Venue: McCannFitzgerald, Riverside One, 37 – […]


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