Aspects of medical treatment for fertility may raise questions of liability to others

Three ongoing matters should be noted:

First is a wide-ranging examination of surrogacy by the Law Commission. Its consultation paper ‘Building families through surrogacy: a new law’ closed earlier this month and proposed creating new regulation around surrogacy and clearer controls on associated payments. Post-consultation recommendations are likely to emerge some time in the next year or so.

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e-scooters, urban mobility, law and risk – where next?

I spent 24 hours in Paris at the end of the summer and e-scooters seemed to be everywhere. With parts of the metro suspended for improvements I was tempted to use one – scan the QR code, get the app and go – but decided to leave that to the locals, at least for the time being.

How, if at all, to permit and effectively regulate the use of e-scooters in public spaces turns out to be a very topical question. Just this weekend the French authorities implemented new rules bringing e-scooters into the highway code. These include an age limit of at least 12, prohibition of use on footpaths, speed restrictions and insurance arrangements. The French government’s three page infographic about its new law is available here (in French).

Back in the UK, matters are evolving more slowly. At the beginning of August, the House of Commons Library produced a short paper E-scooters: Why are they not legal on UK roads? which sets out the existing regulatory barriers to their use on UK roads and pavements and hints at a possible government consultation later this year.

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Court of Appeal refuses automatic QOCS protection for ‘mixed claims’

On Friday 18 October 2019 the Court emphatically refused to go as far as automatically affording Qualified One-way Costs Shifting (QOCS) protection to ‘mixed claims’, i.e. those in which a claim for damages for personal injuries is only one of the claims being advanced by the claimant. The decision in Brown v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis brings clarity and pragmatism to a potentially difficult issue.

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