The Supreme Court Rules on the Liability of Public Authorities

Poole Borough Council v GN (through his litigation friend ‘The Official Solicitor’) and another [2019] UKSC 25  The article originally appeared in Issue 2 (July 2019). In this judgment, handed down by Lord Reed in June 2019, the Supreme Court found that Poole Borough Council did not owe a duty…

Bespoke Life Expectancy Evidence

Dodds v Arif & Anor [2019] EWHC 1512 (QB)  This article originally appeared in Issue 2 (July 2019). The court refused a Defendant’s application at a CMC to admit evidence from an expert specifically in the field of life-expectancy statistics and calculations. It provided guidance as the types of cases…

Disciplinary Proceedings and Serious Procedural Irregularities

Beard v General Osteopathic Council [2019] EWHC 1561 (Admin)  This article originally appeared in Issue 2 (July 2019). This was an appeal by the registrant osteopath against the GOC’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC’s) decision to impose conditions on her registration. Her real complaint on appeal was that the hearing of…

Fundamental Dishonesty

This article originally appeared in Issue 2 (July 2019). Introduction  There are two separate and distinct regimes relating to fundamental dishonesty in litigation which have been available in personal injury claims since 2013. However, in the last year or two, there has been increasing attention focused on the perils and…

The New Discount Rate and a Proposal for Dual Rates

The article originally appeared in Issue 2 (July 2019). We couldn’t omit from this edition of QMLR the Lord Chancellor’s announcement on 15 July 2019 of a revised discount rate of minus 0.25% to take effect from 5 August 2019. It will cover all personal injury claims, irrespective of the…