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News & Events: December 2017



Withdrawing admissions – Wood v Days Healthcare UK Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 2097

Articles | 14th Dec 2017

The Court of Appeal has considered the position where a defendant (D1), presented with a claim that is said to be of low value, admits liability but is later confronted with a significant increase in the value of the claim. The claimant initially indicated that her claim was a fast track claim (then limited to […]

David Platt QC represents Chelsea & Westminster Trust at Sentencing Hearing

News | 13th Dec 2017

David Platt QC represented Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust at its recent sentencing hearing following the death of its employee, Damian Bowen. Mr. Bowen was asphyxiated as a consequence of exposure to liquid nitrogen at research facilities in the St Stephen’s Centre on the Fulham Road. A fine of £80,000 was imposed on the […]

Dominic Kay QC represents two +£1bn companies

News | 11th Dec 2017

This week Dominic Kay QC has appeared on behalf of two companies with turnovers exceeding £1bn and therefore deemed ‘very large organisations’ under the sentencing guidelines. The cases, one health & safety and one environmental, were each matters in which, applying the relevant Guideline, the sentencing court had the discretion to “move outside the suggested […]

Whirlpool Fire Inquest: Coroner Lewis issues Regulation 28 Report to Prevent Future Deaths

News | 4th Dec 2017

Assistant Coroner David Lewis today handed down a Regulation 28 report calling for Whirlpool to take action to prevent future deaths. He described some of Whirlpool’s evidence as “defensive and dismissive” and regretted that he “did not emerge from the hearing confident that Whirlpool’s risk assessment processes have fully identified or appreciated the extent of […]

Robert Stokell, Anna Laney, Daniel Shaw, and Athena Markides to lecture on advocacy at the University of Cambridge

News | 1st Dec 2017

Robert Stokell, Anna Laney, Daniel Shaw, and Athena Markides have been invited to deliver a lecture to post-graduate students on effective oral advocacy in the construction industry. The lecture will be given to students undertaking the Construction Engineering Masters programme at the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology (a partnership between the Department of […]


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