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Bereavement Damages

Tim Edwards
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Bereavement damages have been in the spotlight again following the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of Smith v Secretary of State for Justice. Bereavement awards in England and Wales are provided for under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. The...

Remember, remember the fifth of November...

Bede Finnigan
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As recently as 1959, it was illegal NOT to celebrate Bonfire Night in the UK, and with the big night fast approaching again, it is vitally important to appreciate the legal implications involved when using fireworks, sparklers or creating bonfires....

Repetitive strain could mean a claim

Bede Finnigan
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To mark the success of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) annual month-long workplace safety campaign, #OSHtober , Roythornes is continuing to raise awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) and the effect...

Nottingham court case likely to set a new precedent

Cristina Parla
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The outcome of a case where a minor was injured falling into a collapsed manhole cover in Nottingham is likely to set a precedent for future cases regarding disputes on the maintenance of private land. Acting on behalf of the child, who cannot be named...

Tough luck for tough mudders?

Robert Dempsey
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Recently, mud runs, such as the fashionable ‘ Tough Mudder ’ event, are becoming increasingly popular around the UK with thousands of people signing up each year, meaning it’s even more imperative to ensure that both organisers and...

Mayor's Transport Strategy 2017

Cristina Parla
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On 21 June 2017 the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, published a draft of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.  Essentially, his strategy focuses on the problems and difficulties Londoners face with congestion, emissions, noise pollution, personal safety...

Agriculture remains one of the most dangerous sectors

Tamsyn Stuart
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Every employee has the right to work in a safe and healthy environment. All employers have a duty of care to ensure that their workplace is safe and employees are provided with the necessary equipment to carry out their duties safely. The HSE (Health and...

SPAR product recall

Victoria Walley
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On 15 May the Food Standards Agency issued a product recall of SPAR Chicken Tikka Chunks as it may have contained small pieces of glass. Product recall is a system of damage control for businesses when a fault with a product is identified. The recall...

What does the Prisons and Courts Bill mean for motorists?

Cristina Parla
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The government published the Prisons and Court Bill on 27 February 2017 which included provisions to introduce: fixed tariff compensation on road traffic accidents (whiplash and minor psychological injuries); a ban on pre-medical offers (road traffic...

Report released today shows state of our roads

Robert Dempsey
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"It is 20 times more expensive to carry out reactive maintenance than planned, preventative maintenance.” (ALARM 2017) The Asphalt Industry Alliance has produced its Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey (ALARM). This provides a detailed...

Government announces changes to calculations of personal injury compensation

Robert Dempsey
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On the 27th February the Government announced an amendment as to how lump sum payments to Personal Injury Claimants are calculated. In personal injury claims, where the Claimant’s injuries are long term, permanent or a person has died, they or...

Ikea issues global recall of Mysingsö Deckchair

Victoria Walley
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On 25 th  January Swedish furniture store Ikea issued a global recall of their ‘Mysingsö’ deckchair after five reports of hand and finger injuries. Ikea released a statement clarifying that “after washing the fabric seat it is...

Ministry of Justice 'set aside' whiplash reforms

Victoria Stevenson
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Yesterday, The Times newspaper reported that whiplash reforms, proposed in the Autumn Statement last year, have been set aside. While insurers are frustrated by the decision, campaigners have welcomed the news. What are the reforms? The Government wish...

Safety at school

Robert Dempsey
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The obligatory photographs shared by proud parents on social media of their children in new school uniforms tells us it’s back to school time. Understandably, parents need to know their children are safe at school, and if they are injured, remedies...