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Tea or Coffee ? And the Montreal Convention?

  You’re on your way home after two weeks of bliss in the sun. You’ve just settled down to watch Guardians of the Galaxy 2 when instead of marvelling at how good a dancer Baby Groot[1] seems to be, your arms are suddenly covered in hot coffee. Realising what has happened, the flight crew cannot… Read more »

The conundrum of Roberts v Johnstone with a -0.75% discount rate

JR V Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 1245 (QB) (25 May 2017) Yesterday, Judgment was handed down in the case of JR v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Since the revision of the discount rate from 2.5% to -0.75%, lawyers have been speculating about how the Court would deal with the… 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 »

Hundreds affected by outbreak of norovirus on the cruise ship Balmoral

  Hundreds of passengers aboard the Fred Olsen cruise liner the Balmoral have fallen ill due to an outbreak of norovirus. The Balmoral left Southampton on 16 April 2016 and docked in Maine on 8 May 2016. The US Centers for Disease Control reported that 252 of the 919 passengers aboard had been ill due… Read more »

Knauer v Ministry of Justice

Mrs Knauer had been exposed to asbestos when working as an administrator at a prison. As a result she developed mesothelioma and died at the age of 46. She had three sons aged 22, 20 and 16. The action was brought by her widower. She had what was described as an “old fashioned” relationship with… Read more »

Legal Musical Gala 8 June 2016

  We are delighted to be sponsoring the first ever Legal Musical Gala on 8 June 2016. The gala will take place at the Central Hall in Westminster and will feature a massed choir of lawyers together with Lesley Garrett CBE and the National Symphony Orchestra. For more information including details of the charities the gala… Read more »