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...
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...
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  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,...
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...
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.
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...
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  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...
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  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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