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News & Events: July 2019



MBL Construction Law Conference 2019 – London

News | 24th Jul 2019

MBL’s popular annual Construction Law Conference, chaired by Kim Franklin QC of Crown Office Chambers and with a panel of expert speakers, returns with a revised and updated agenda covering a range of hot topics and new twists on perennial problems including: The Liability of Building Inspectors (Kim Franklin QC – Crown Office Chambers) Claims […]

R (HSE) v DJT Surfacing Limited

News | 17th Jul 2019

Simon Antrobus QC and Harry Vann today secured the acquittal of DJT Surfacing Limited at the conclusion of a 4 week trial before Mr. Justice Turner and a Jury sitting at St. Albans Crown Court. DJT were charged with a single breach of section 3 of the HSWA in respect of a fatal accident during […]

Discount rate to change from -0.75% to -0.25%, effective from 5th August 2019

News | 15th Jul 2019

The Lord Chancellor has this morning announced that the Discount Rate will be changed to minus 0.25% with effect from 5 August 2019. The announcement marks the conclusion of the review instigated following the 2017 decision to set the rate at minus 0.75%. The new -0.25% rate comes as something of a surprise and will […]

Dominic Kay QC represents Zoo at tiger keeper Inquest

News | 11th Jul 2019

Dominic Kay QC represented Hamerton Zoo Park at the recent inquest into the death of Rosa King, the head carnivore keeper who was killed at work by a Malayan tiger. After several days of evidence, the jury concluded the zoo had a system which relied upon the individual keepers closing the tigers out of any […]

Claire Toogood successfully defends NHS Trust in cerebral palsy case before HHJ Gore QC

News | 5th Jul 2019

HHJ Gore QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) dismissed the Claimant’s claim for damages for cerebral palsy due to hypoxia at birth in an ex tempore judgment. It was alleged that the Claimant’s mother had requested an elective caesarean section as she was carrying twins and the request was refused by the Senior […]

The Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019

Articles | 3rd Jul 2019

New regulations mean that, as of 1 November 2019, insurers will no longer be able to rely on post-accident declarations of avoidance to save them from satisfying judgments obtained against their insureds. Under s. 151 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (“RTA 1988”), victims of car accidents who get a judgment in their favour can […]

Kim Franklin QC appointed as committee member of ICC’s Arbitration programme

News | 1st Jul 2019

Kim Franklin QC is one of the new committee members of International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC’s) Arbitration programme. “I look forward to working with Ania Farren and the new committee, building on the huge success of London International Disputes Week and highlighting the importance of ICC arbitration for the resolution of international construction disputes in […]


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