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EU Settlement Scheme for children in care – What next?

The EU Settlement Scheme application process closes today. Following a report by The Children’s Society that less than 40% had made applications to the EUSS, there is a concern that the status of many children in care may not have been settled….

Reasons not to entertain mediation

For those with a taste for risk, drama and the elongated nature of the court process, mediation is not for you. If you have an inexhaustible pot of funds to expend on legal costs, including the other side’s – potentially even if…

Commercial Mediation Success

Giles Bedloe supported his client in winning a successful and hard-fought resolution to a construction dispute following mediation which concluded minutes before midnight.

Instructed by Rebecca Roberts of Dean Wilson LLP, the case was both unusual and challenging in that the…

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Psychotherapist Dismissed

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) brought allegations against AB, an eminent Psychotherapist, alleging he had abused and exploited his relationship with Client A for his own sexual gain, had failed to act in the best interests of Client A, had entered…

Court of Protection Blog: Capacity in Practice in the age of Covid

In this first blog, Dr Rebecca Poz, a well-known and respected medico-legal expert who frequently appears in the Court of Protection, addresses her practical experience of capacity assessment and comments on the recent advent of the vaccine programme to her patients.


Lost years claims revisited – a timely reminder of the basis of such claims

A £4m ‘lost years’ claim unsuccessful at first instance, was successfully appealed in Deborah Head (Executrix of the Estate of Michael Head, Deceased) v. Culver Heating Co. Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 3.

On 18 January 2021 the Court of Appeal set…

The Defence of Illegality in a clinical negligence context: consideration of Ecila Henderson (A Protected Party, by her litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) (Appellant) v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust (Respondent) [2020] UKSC 43

Where a Claimant, during a serious psychotic episode, committed a criminal offence, which she would not have committed but for the Defendant’s negligence, can she recover damages for the consequences of having committed the offence, including her subsequent loss of liberty?


Re: T [2020] – Cardiff District Registry: Alternatives To the Use of the Court of Protection in Borderline Capacity Cases

The Problem

The necessary mechanism to manage an award of damages secured on behalf of a protected party can give rise to a number of practical difficulties, particularly where the damages have been reduced due to contributory negligence or…

A Bad Rule, Misunderstood: 8BPD9.1 and Applications to Dismiss

Over the past months, a number of Claimant solicitors have approached the author seeking representation at hearings to oppose dismissal of Part 8 (RTA and EL/PL Protocol “Stage 3”) Proceedings. In these cases, Defendants have sought dismissal mostly due to a failure…

Andrew Ritchie QC and Laura Begley secure a multi-million pound settlement 13 minutes before expiry of their Calderbank offer

Andrew Ritchie QC and Laura Begley secure a multi-million pound settlement 13 minutes before expiry of their Calderbank offer 2 days before a 10 day trial in a paraplegia case after two failed JSM’s and a mediation.

The claimant was…

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