Use of vehicles on private land – Supreme Court appears to have had nowhere to go

Last year we blogged about Lewis v Tindale & MIB (here) and alluded to the likelihood of the Supreme Court being asked to hear a further appeal. Those acting for the claimant now report that the SC has refused the MIB’s request for permission.

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Happy half-birthday to the discount rate

Today is six months on from the announcement by then Lord Chancellor David Gauke on 15 July 2019, that the discount rate in England & Wales would be re-set, using new powers in the Civil Liability Act 2018, at -0.25% with effect from 5 August 2019. In the ordinary course of things this rate should apply for five years and should then be reviewed. What has or has not happened in the six months since the Lord Chancellor’s decision?

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Further guidance on jurisdiction and foreign claims? Aspen Underwriting v Credit Europe Bank NV

Today and tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear a case arising from the loss of the ship (The Atlantik Confidence) in 2013 in the Gulf of Aden. The UK-based hull underwriters had paid out under a settlement agreement but then sought recovery of the proceeds from the ship owner’s mortgagee, a bank registered in the Netherlands, arguing that the loss was misrepresented to them and actually resulted from a deliberate act by the owners. The settlement agreement contained an exclusive jurisdiction clause in favour of English courts.

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