In 2017 in Smith v Lancashire the Court of Appeal held that exclusion of a deceased’s co-habiting partner from entitlement to bereavement damages under s1A of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 breached European Convention rights. That outcome placed the government under an obligation to amend the Act (detailed in this post back in February). This specific and limited change has just moved closer, with the necessary draft order being approved in the House of Lords last week and expected to take effect soon.Continue reading
Following the publication of the eighth edition of the tables late last week, Alistair Kinley and Andrew Williamson outline their views on the key changes to the tables of personal injury multipliers and address some of the new points of emphasis in the accompanying explanatory notes. Their video presentation builds on our news article of 20 July about this latest edition of the tables and can be viewed below.
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Harry Roberts’s case arose out of brain damage sustained during his birth in Germany in June 2000. Infant brain injury cases can be among the most expensive claims if, as is usual, there is a high annual care need and a lengthy life expectancy. This case has added complications because of the cross-border setting and because of a dispute on limitation despite the claimant’s minority.Continue reading