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TATLA Briefing – July 2017

How do you intend to spend discount rate day next month? Following the very recent revelation that the Government may (as soon as 3rd August) be planning to say something about the shock revision of discount rates for future loss multipliers (down…

Clinical Negligence Briefing – Guidance from the High Court on Experts and Evidence

In the first half of this year the courts have provided the practitioner with some useful and
practicable guidance in relation to evidence in clinical negligence cases. This briefing intends
to do little more that summarise some  interesting cases, the…

Travel Law Briefing – Bird strikes and extraordinary circumstances

The phenomenon of bird strikes is one that has plagued the airline industry for many years.
Indeed, an American study on animal peril from 2011shows that 99,441 collisions between a
plane and an animal had been reported since 1990. In…

Professional Negligence Briefing – Balancing probabilities and loss of a chance

It’s trite law that claims for lost litigation opportunities are treated as claims for a lost chance.
Similarly, the claimant has to prove his case on the balance of probabilities. But how do these
two propositions interact? And where should…

Professional Liability Update – Construction negligence

The end of the year lends itself to a time of reflection, and similarly to case-law reviews.  As I pick which professional – from social workers to solicitors – to focus upon, I return to that reliable source of litigation: Construction.  2017…

Professional Negligence Briefing – Protecting buyers from identity fraud

Who bears the loss if you buy property but then find out that you have dealt with a fraudster? In three
recent cases the courts have found that the seller’s solicitor, the buyer’s solicitor and the buyer
themselves could be…

TATLA Briefing – February 2017

I am afraid that, having resisted BREXIT for most of last year (if we pretend the referendum
didn’t happen, it might just go away …) we have now decided to add our own editorial to the
deafening echo chamber of…

Property Damage Briefing – Article 1 – Japanese knottweed (Nuisance)

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) was introduced into the UK from Japan in the 19th
century as an ornamental plant, but has proved to be anything but an ornament in its non-natural
environment. A rhizomatous perennial (i.e. one that produces underground…

Property Damage Briefing – Article 2 – The common enemy rule

The name of the rule comes from the case of R v The Commissioners of Sewers for the Levels of Pagham
(1828) 8 B & C 355.

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