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Holly Tibbitts considers the important Court of Appeal decision in Cartwright v Venduct Engineering

How does the QOCS regime operate in a case where there are multiple defendants and the claimant succeeds against some but not others? Does the Claimant still have QOCS protection against the defendants against whom she has lost? Or are those defendants…

Hacked off with Costs Budgeting?


In Various Claimants Including (1) John Leslie (2) Chantelle Houghton v MGN Limited [2018] EWHC 1244 (Ch) Chief Master Marsh gave a detailed judgment concerning costs budgeting in 2 claims arising from phone hacking of the former Blue Peter presenter John…

MOJ provides further guidance on the likely timing of a change in the discount rate

On 24th April 2018 the Civil Liability Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords. A transcript of the debate can be found here.

Of greatest interest to practitioners will be the comments by Lord Keen (Lords Spokesperson…

Jake Richards: Worboys’ release quashed

On 28th March 2018 a three-judge panel of the Divisional Court gave its decision in R (DSD & Ors) v The Parole Board of England and Wales [2018] EWHC 694 (Admin), ruling that the Parole Board’s decision to direct the release…

9 Gough Chambers Employment Law Bulletin – Case summary: Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Ms Reilly was the head teacher of a primary school. Ms Reilly was in a relationship with a Mr Selwood. During their relationship Mr Selwood was convicted of making indecent images of children. Ms Reilly became aware of Mr Selwood’s convictions but…

Esther Pounder on Jacob Corstorphine v Liverpool City Council [2018] EWCA Civ 270

In Jacob Corstorphine (A Child by his Mother & Litigation Friend Laura Ellis) v Liverpool City Council [2018] EWCA Civ 270 the Court of Appeal considered the application of the Qualified One Way Shifting Regime (QOCS) to a case involving Part 20…

9 Gough Chambers Employment Law Bulletin – Surveillance in the Workplace

Welcome to the first 9 Gough Chambers Employment Law Bulletin of 2018.

While most of us were burrowing our way through the mid-winter, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) has been busy considering the rights of workers subject to surveillance at…

TUPE Regulations 2006: Natasha Partos Case update on Impact of Personal Injury claims

In Baker (through his wife and litigation friend) v British Gas Services and J and L Electrics Limited [2017] EWHC 2302 (QB) the court was asked to consider the liability of two defendants arising out of an accident at work.

Holly Tibbitts considers the operation of QOCS in multiple defendant cases

Qualified One Way Costs Shifting (QOCS) has been providing costs protection to claimants in ‘proceedings which include a claim for damages for personal injuries’ since its inception on 1st April 2013 (CPR 44.13).

All lawyers practising in this area will by now…

Elizabeth Stevens on the identification of third parties under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999

The case of Chudley v Clydesdale [2017] EWHC 2177 (Comm) has provided some rare commentary on the identification of third-party beneficiaries under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

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In brief, the Claimants had invested significant sums of money…

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