Robinson & Worboys: Supreme Court extends police liability for negligence and human rights breaches

Elizabeth Robinson, a Yorkshire woman now in her eighties, has absolutely nothing in common with the ‘Black Cab rapist’ John Worboys – other than the fact that both of them are at the heart of two important Supreme Court decisions this month concerning the legal liability of police forces for harm to members of the public. Both decisions look to have extended forces’ liability, albeit in quite different areas.

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Whiplash & small claims: Justice Committee hearing set for 16 January 2018

Having reported on the discount rate legislation last month, the Justice Select Committee is now turning its attention lower value claims. It opened a short window during December to receive further comments on whiplash reform and the small claims limit and has just confirmed that it will take oral evidence on these topics on 16 January. The Committee also released the Ministry’s latest update on the proposed reforms. Continue reading

Scope of motor insurance – two cases now granted permission by the Supreme Court

Two cases which explore different aspects of the compulsory motor insurance regime are to be heard by the Supreme Court in due course.

The first is UK Insurance v R & S Pilling, which stems from a vehicle fire which caused property damage. We reported last month that the Supreme Court had granted permission: use of vehicle to receive further judicial scrutiny

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