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The Justice Committee’s scrutiny of the proposed discount rate legislation

The Justice Committee’s scrutiny of the proposed discount rate legislation Lois Norris – Legal Services Manager of GMQC Ltd & Legal Assistant to Gerard McDermott QC Yesterday, the Justice Committee published a scrutinising report on the draft legislation in relation to the personal injury discount rate. As we know, the discount rate is currently set… Read more »

The Montreal Convention

  The Montreal Convention The Montreal Convention 1999 is a set of rules that govern international carriage by air whose purpose is to harmonise international laws relating to civil liability and ensure passengers can enforce their rights as simply as possible. It has been part of the law of England and Wales since 2004. How… Read more »

Liability for Ice and Snow on the Roads

  It is estimated that, each year on average, the various highways authorities in the UK grit 40% of the roads they are responsible for, covering a total of 80,000 miles and using, in a cold winter, around 1.2 million tonnes of salt. As you would probably expect, councils do have a legal duty to… Read more »

Criminal Injuries Compensation

If you’ve suffered injury due to being the victim of violent crime, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS). In this brief blog post, we look at the basics of the CICS and how it works. What is the CICS? The CICS is administered by… Read more »

Autonomous Vehicles: A Brief Overview

  Every law student knows that to succeed in a claim for negligence, the Claimant must prove someone was at fault for the incident that led to them suffering loss and damage. In the context of a road traffic accident, what this involves is investigating the circumstances of the accident so as to establish whether… Read more »

CPD – The new scheme for established practitioners

Todays blog may not be based on the most exciting topic but it is important. The scheme for Continuing Professional Development changed for established practitioners from the 1st of January 2017. The official guidance is available here but the content below summarises some of the key points. Minimum hour requirements are no more! The BSB… Read more »

The EEA as a Workable Framework

  On 3 February 2017, the University of Sheffield in co-operation with the UK Constitutional Law Association and the European Circuit of the Bar hosted as seminar that focused on the options available to the UK post Brexit. Details of the keynote address can be found here: UK Quo Vadis ? The EEA as a Workable… Read more »

The Discount Rate

The Personal Injury Discount Rate What is the discount rate and why is it used? When a Claimant is awarded damages, the underlying principle is that the damages should put them in the same position as they would have been in had the accident not occurred, insofar as possible.  They should be awarded no more… Read more »

Reduction in the Discount Rate

Lord Chancellor Liz Truss has today announced that the discount rate that is used for calculating personal injury compensation is being reduced from 2.5% to -0.75%. This is significant news and means that those suffering serious or catastrophic injuries are likely to receive substantially more compensation when aspects of their claims such as the need… Read more »

American Counsel Association – McDermott International Scholarship 2016

Anna Chestnutt shares her experience of the ACA McDermott International Scholarship. The McDermott International Scholarship provides the opportunity for a student, with their sights set on a career at the Bar, to spend two weeks with an American law firm. It is intended as a springboard  to launch a legal career, with the insight gained from… Read more »