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Gravely Disabled Football Fan Receives Multi-Million-Pound Damages

Financial settlements in the most serious personal injury and clinical negligence cases are subject to anxious judicial scrutiny. That was certainly so in the case of a teenage football fan who received a settlement in respect of a catastrophic brain injury...

Company Penalised for Filing Tax Returns 'Too Early' Wins Appeal

No one would be surprised to hear that late filing of a tax return is likely to result in a financial penalty – but what if a return is submitted too early? In addressing that novel issue, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) identified flaws in guidance...

Provisional Damages in Asbestos Claims - High Court Breaks Fresh Legal Ground

Those in the early stages of asbestos-related illness often receive an initial award of damages on the basis that they can seek further compensation in the event that their condition deteriorates. In a ruling which broke new legal ground , the High Court...

How to Limit the Damage of Commercial Data Leaks? Consult a Solicitor

In a commercial context, information is power and it can be a crushing disadvantage if confidential data finds its way into the wrong hands. However, as a High Court case showed , there are powerful steps that specialist lawyers can take to ensure that the...

Highway Authority Not Responsible for Catastrophic M25 Lorry Crash

Those involved in catastrophic road accidents frequently point the finger of blame at potholes or other defects in the road surface. As one case showed, however, it can be an uphill task to pin responsibility for such accidents on highway authorities. The...

Land Compulsorily Purchased? You Are Entitled to Just Compensation

If your land has been compulsorily purchased to make way for a public infrastructure project, you are entitled to full and fair compensation. Local authorities may be keen to pay as little as possible in such cases but, as an Upper Tribunal (UT) ruling...

Fatal Flying Accident in Portugal Triggers Jurisdictional Debate

When accidents happen abroad, the first hurdle that must be overcome in seeking compensation in this country is to show that the claim falls within the jurisdiction of the English courts. That can be a far from straightforward task but, as one case showed,...

Flooding Nuisance - Frustrated Developer Wins Right to Compensation

Your neighbours owe you a duty of care and, if they cause a nuisance that results in you suffering financial loss, you are entitled to compensation in full. The point was made by the case of a landowner whose development hopes were stymied by flooding...

Highly Regarded Artist's Death Triggers Court Battle Over His Legacy

When people die, it is the duty of the administrators of their estates to gather in their assets and distribute them to those entitled to inherit them. As a case concerning the contents of a deceased artist's flat showed , however, that task is by no means...

There Is No Duty to Maintain Pedestrian Thoroughfares in Perfect Condition

Highway authorities and private landowners alike are under a legal duty to address tripping hazards so that pedestrians can move around in reasonable safety. As a High Court ruling made plain, however, that is not a counsel of perfection. The case concerned...
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