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The Role of the Expert

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The latest changes to the Civil Procedure Rules come into force on 1 October 2020. One of the most notable changes is an addition to Practice Direction 35 which relates to the Statement of Truth provided by experts and assessors in their expert reports. ...

The Compensation Culture Myth

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I am indebted to Gordon Exall and his recent blog reviewing the Secret Barrister’s second book “Fake Law”. Gordon observes that the book looks at many of the misconceptions surrounding the legal system including the way in which the...

Interim Payments

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What is an Interim Payment? An interim payment is where part of a Claimant’s compensation or settlement is advanced to them earlier in the process, before final judgement or full and final settlement being reached. In ...

Psychiatric Injuries in Personal Injury Claims

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Most personal injury claims involve physical injuries such as soft tissue injuries, broken bones, scarring, head injuries and other obvious and visible injuries. But what about the injuries which we are unable to see? Provided medical evidence supports...

What is Contributory Negligence?

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Personal Injury claims give rise to many novel and complex legal arguments. There is a common misconception that liability disputes in such claims are easily resolved and that prevailing theory has led over the years to increasingly restrictive fixed...

Ogden Tables - Eight Edition Published

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The Ogden Tables are prepared by the Government Actuary’s Department and assist personal injury lawyers and the Courts with calculating lump sum compensation for future loss and expenses. These actuarial tables include...

Clinical Errors and Medical Negligence

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The Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to a renewed appreciation of our NHS. I along with many of you, have been out on my balcony at 8pm every Thursday clapping for our carers with much gusto and gratitude. Indeed, I am very grateful for their hard work...

Low Velocity Impact Claims (LVI)

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Even if you have been fortunate enough to have never been involved in a road traffic accident , the chances are you may know someone who has. Whilst most road traffic accident claims are often straightforward in terms of proving who is liable for the...

Changes to Interest Rates in Personal Injury Claims

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On 1 June 2020, the Ministry of Justice published the following statement: - “Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Bank of England reduced the base rate to 0.1% on 19 March 2020 as an emergency measure and made a decision on 7 May 2020 to maintain...

Head Injuries in Sport

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During day four of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, Australia’s leading batsman, Steve Smith, was hit in the neck by a bouncer from England’s Jofra Archer at a speed of over 90 mph. Smith was assisted off the ground by medical staff,...

Negligent and Unnecessary Surgery

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Last month, breast surgeon Ian Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent after being accused of carrying out a series of unnecessary operations. Any surgery carries risks and so to have undergone the same when it was not required and to...

Drayton Manor Park tragedy

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A few days ago it was reported that an 11 year old girl had tragically died from injuries sustained after an incident on the Splash Canyon water ride at Drayton Manor Park. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family, friends and teachers at what...

Bell Lax adds to Personal Injury team

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Bell Lax adds to Personal Injury team Posted March 16, 2017 Stuart Andrews and Maria Rani have joined Bell Lax’s successful Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Team. ...

Discount Rate Changes

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On 20 th March 2017, the government finally adjusted the Discount Rate used for the calculation of future loss claims in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. This had remained at 2.5% for 16 years but has now been changed by the Lord...