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John Carey v Vauxhall Motors Limited [2019] EWHC 238 (QB)

Articles | 21st Feb 2019

Written by Robert O’Leary On 11th February 2019, HHJ Walden-Smith, sitting as a judge of the High Court, found in favour of the Claimant, Mr. Carey, whose wife had died of mesothelioma as a consequence of exposure to asbestos brought home on Mr. Carey’s works overalls. The Claimant worked in the Vauxhall Motors Dunstable plant […]

The Supreme Court provides clarity on causation in professional negligence claims

Articles | 15th Feb 2019

On 13 February 2019, the Supreme Court (Lord Briggs, Lady Hale, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lord Lloyd-Jones) handed down judgement in Perry v Raleys Solicitors ([2019] UKSC 5) allowing the appeal by Raleys Solicitors and in so doing restored the decision at first instance of H.H.Judge Saffman. The judgment is available here. Background The […]

The Jurisprudential Basis for Regan -v- Williamson Damages

Articles | 6th Feb 2019

This head of loss is most often seen in fatal cases where children and/or spouses seek a lump sum award representing pecuniary loss suffered as a result of the death, and variously referred to as an award for the loss of the deceased’s love and affection or care and attention or an award for the […]

Civil Liability Bill

Articles | 10th Dec 2018

On 20 November 2018 the long-awaited Civil Liability Bill passed the Lords without amendment. Once it becomes law following Royal Assent, the Bill will bring forward significant changes to the bottom and top ends of the personal injury landscape. The Bill provides wholesale amendments to disposal of “whiplash” claims, and creates a new statutory framework […]

Commercial Court upholds hot works “exclusion” in Contractor’s Liability Policy

Articles | 28th Nov 2018

Published by Thomson Reuters Practical Law Construction Blog. Aspen Insurance UK Ltd & Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Ltd v Sangster and Annand Ltd is a case that concerns a fire at a Scottish hotel, and liability under a Contractor’s Liability Insurance policy. It was heard by HHJ Waksman QC (as he then was) in the Commercial Court in […]

Appealing findings made by the TCC: guidance from the Court of Appeal

Articles | 19th Nov 2018

Published by Thomson Reuters Practice Law Construction Blog. In 2014, a waste plant owned by Wheeldon Brothers Waste Ltd was damaged by fire. Its insurer, Millennium Insurance Company Ltd, declined to indemnify the company in relation to the fire, citing alleged breaches of a variety of policy terms. At first instance, Mr Jonathan Acton Davis […]


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