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Exposing Negligence is Just as Important as Winning Compensation

For many victims of medical malpractice, exposing serious instances of negligence can be just as important as winning compensation. In a case on point, the High Court found that a doctor used excessive force during a baby boy’s forceps delivery and that his conduct fell far below the professional standard expected of him. The boy…

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Mother Traumatised by Stillbirth Wins Over £270,000 in NHS Damages

Lawyers representing a young mother who suffered a pathological grief reaction following the stillbirth of her longed-for baby daughter have won her six-figure compensation after the NHS admitted breaching the duty it owed her. After the mother went into hospital to have delivery induced, she was informed that her baby had no heartbeat. She had…

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Patient Who Didn’t Give Informed Consent to Surgery Wins Compensation

Before undergoing surgery, patients have an absolute legal right to be fully informed of the risks involved and any alternative treatments that may be available. In a case on point, a patient who did not give informed consent to brain surgery that ended disastrously won the right to very substantial compensation. The patient suffered a…

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High Court Awards Millions to Unfairly Disinherited Farmer’s Son

It is a fundamental principle of law that anyone of sound mind has the right to make a will, leaving their worldly wealth to whomever they wish – but there are exceptions. A case on point concerned a farmer’s son who was cut out of his father’s will despite having worked the land for 30…

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Alcohol at Workplace Festivities – The Law is Not a Party Pooper!

Workplace social events are a time-honoured means of rewarding staff and boosting morale, but the presence of alcohol means that they are not without risk. The High Court’s ruling in the case of a woman who was seriously injured on the dancefloor showed, however, that the law is not a party pooper. The case concerned…

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Deafened Royal Opera House Musician’s Right to Compensation Upheld

Arguments that a compensation award to a Royal Opera House (ROH) musician, whose hearing was damaged by exposure to the noise of brass instruments, will curtail music making in the UK have been rejected by the Court of Appeal. The case concerned a professional viola player who was seated directly in front of the brass…

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High Court Steps in to Modernise Noble Family’s Dynastic Trusts

Many family trusts are of some antiquity and there is a tendency for their terms to lose touch with the modern world. However, as a case concerning a noble family showed, judges have all the powers required to bring them up to date. The case concerned a number of trusts arising from a settlement created…

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Suffering the Effects of Asbestos Exposure? See a Lawyer Today!

If you suspect that your health has been damaged by exposure to asbestos there are powerful reasons why you should contact a solicitor without delay. In one case, an ex-scaffolder’s decision to take legal advice before his death from asbestos-related cancer ultimately led to his loved ones receiving £85,000 in compensation. The man died from…

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Making a Valid Will Requires Freedom of Choice and Understanding

Making a valid will involves a free exercise of choice by someone who understands the effect of the bequests they are making. A judge emphasised those points in finding that a mother’s independent wishes were overborne before she cut her five daughters out of her will. The woman and her husband had amassed a seven-figure…

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Reckless Expert Witness Should Have Been Jailed – Court of Appeal Ruling

Expert witnesses play a crucial role in litigation and, although they owe obligations to the clients who pay them, their ultimate duty is to the court. The Court of Appeal powerfully made that point in the guideline case of a doctor who did not care whether a report he recklessly prepared in a road accident…

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Transferring Money to Your Children? Always See a Lawyer First!

Parents who transfer money to their children should always take legal advice if they wish to ensure that their generosity does not end up benefiting others. The point was strikingly made by the case of a promising young doctor who received substantial sums from his parents before his untimely death. The son received more than…

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High Court Rejects Widow’s Bid for Direct Control of Her Husband’s Millions

Husbands and wives have no right to directly inherit their spouses’ estates. The High Court made that point in rejecting a widow’s complaint that her wealthy husband had left her at the mercy of others by placing her inheritance in trust. The husband was a highly successful entrepreneur and was worth about £16 million when…

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Prisoners’ Human Rights Violated by Unlawful Strip Searches

Civilised societies are measured by the humanity with which prisoners are treated. In a High Court case on point, four prison inmates who were subjected to unlawful strip searches which violated their human rights have won the right to compensation. Three women and a transgender man were intimately searched at a prison run by a…

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Defective Premises and Landlords’ Duties – Guideline Court of Appeal Ruling

In a guideline decision which underlined the duty of landlords to ensure that their tenants are not placed in danger by defective premises, the Court of Appeal has ruled a local authority liable to compensate a mother after she fell through a defective manhole whilst mowing her lawn. The woman had been a local authority…

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Tenant Wins £1.8 Million Damages After Ceiling Collapses on His Head

Relatively minor injuries that have catastrophic consequences can pose particular difficulties to lawyers in their quest for just compensation. However, a case in which a man won over £1.8 million in damages after the ceiling of his rented home fell on his head showed that they are well able to rise to the challenge. The…

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Young and Fit and Making a Will Far from Your Mind? Think Again!

It is a sad fact that not everyone lives to a ripe old age and that is why even young people in good health should not delay in making a professionally drafted will. In a case on point, a father’s sudden early death before he made a will threatened to deprive his ex-wife and two…

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Doctor’s Blood Test Error Triggers Guideline ‘Wrongful Birth’ Ruling

Proving negligence and that someone has suffered injury, loss or damage can be tricky, but the real challenge often lies in establishing the causal link between the two. The Court of Appeal confronted one such issue in a so-called ‘wrongful birth’ case. The case concerned a woman who was concerned that she might be carrying…

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