Prison assault cases reinforces approach to valuing damages for multiple injuries

The recent case Newell v Ministry of Justice arose out of a very violent attack by one inmate of a secure prison unit on another. The seriously injured claimant took an action against the MoJ (which is responsible for running prisons) alleging its negligent failure to supervise his assailant properly in light of the risk that he (the assailant) presented. The fact that Newell, a convicted murderer, succeeded in his claim and was awarded £85,000 (plus interest) for his injuries seems largely to have escaped, so far, the attention of the tabloid press. The judge’s approach to quantifying damages for multiple injuries may be of greater interest to an audience from the claims sector.

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Key issues raised at second reading of the Civil Liability Bill on 4 September 2018

The Bill’s second reading in the Commons yesterday was book-ended by the speeches of the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor David Gauke and by junior justice minister Rory Stewart. In the intervening three and half hours the government flagged some important amendments it will make and the opposition set out the key elements of its argument against much of the whiplash reforms in particular. The body of this blog attempts to summarise the debate. Continue reading

Second reading of Civil Liability Bill tomorrow

Parliamentary business resumes tomorrow (4 September) and the Government’s personal injury reforms are front and centre of the first day’s business of the new term, with the Civil Liability Bill being debated at second reading stage. Continue reading