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Inquest touching the death of Nigel Thomas Handscomb

This article was first published in the November AvMA newsletter.

Nigel Handscomb was a 65 year old gentleman with a history of bipolar disorder, which was managed well with lithium. On the 18th August 2017, Mr Handscomb visited his GP surgery, presenting with a history of dysphagia and vomiting which had lasted several days. Later that evening, he was not...

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GP practice principals not vicariously liable for religious activities of locum GP: Brayshaw v The Partners of Apsley Surgery

The High Court today dismissed a claim brought against the Partners of Apsley Surgery relating to the conduct of a locum GP, Dr Thomas O’Brien.  The claimant, a patient registered at the surgery, telephoned asking to speak to a doctor and was telephoned by Dr O’Brien, a locum GP working that day.   During their discussion, Dr...

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A tendency to physical abuse: Upper Tribunal clarifies scope of Equality Act in education context

This article was first published on UK Human Rights Blog, on 26th November 2018.

The Upper Tribunal decision in of C&C v Governing Body [2018] UKUT 269 (AAC) has provided important clarification to the scope of the Equality Act 2010 in an education context.

A 13-year-old boy, L, was excluded for physical violence at school. L suffered from autism,...

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SEVEN-BARRISTER TEAM OF CIVIL LAW SPECIALISTS JOINS 1 CHANCERY LANE

1 Chancery Lane is delighted to announce that a seven-strong team of civil law specialists will be joining chambers, from 33 Bedford Row.

 

As part of 1 Chancery Lane’s focused expansion, within its core areas, Ian Stebbings, Richard Cherry, Simon Newman, Conor Kennedy, Richard McLean, Christopher Pask and Terence Wong will become members of chambers...

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Francesca O'Neill re-elected to the Bar Council

We are pleased to announce that Francesca O'Neill (2012) has been re-elected to the Bar Council for a three year term.

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Successful defence of a multimillion pound occupational stress case: Piepenbrock v London School of Economics

Following a ten day trial in July, Nicola Davies J has dismissed a claim brought by a teaching fellow against his former employer, the LSE.  The claim arose out of an incident that occurred on a trip that the Claimant and his Graduate Teaching Assistant (“GTA”) took to the United States.  Following the trip the GTA complained to the LSE about...

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The ‘Illegality’ Defence rears its ugly head again.

Maurice Rifat comments on his success in the recently handed down decision of the Court of Appeal.

In the Judgment in Stoffel v Grondona [2018] EWCA CIV 2031 handed down on 13th September 2018, the Court of Appeal held that a solicitors’ firm was liable in negligence in failing to register their client's title to a property, even though the underlying...

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RECOVERING COSTS FOLLOWING SETTLEMENT AND DISCONTINUANCE

In two recent appeal cases have clarified the position of a defendant wishing to recover its cost from a claimant following discontinuance.

In Cartwright v Venduct [2018] EWCA Civ 1654 the Claimant sued two defendants. The Claimant settled against D1 by way of a Tomlin order. The Schedule of the Tomlin order provided for D1 to pay the Claimant a global sum for...

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