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Traumatised Road Pile-Up Victim Awarded Over £40,000

Psychiatric damage suffered by road accident victims can be just as serious, if not more so, than their physical injuries. In one case, a nurse who was traumatised for months following her involvement in a pile-up was awarded more than £40,000 in...

What Is a 'Private Motor Vehicle'? Insurance Industry Test Case

Insurance cover under many motor policies is restricted to private vehicles which are used for social, domestic or pleasure purposes only – but what exactly does that mean? The High Court has provided an authoritative answer to that question. The case...

Infrastructure Projects and Access to Private Land - High Court Test Case

Public authorities engaged in nationally significant infrastructure projects have the power to enter private land to carry out necessary surveys. An important High Court ruling in the context of the proposed construction of a road tunnel near Stonehenge...

Neighbours Succeed in Blocking Controversial Garage Extension

If a neighbour obtains planning permission for a building project to which you object, that does not always mean you just have to grin and bear it. In a case on point, objectors to a householder's plans to extend his garage succeeded in blocking his proposal...

COVID-19 Forces Whiplash Reform Delay

Reforms to the law surrounding whiplash claims have been delayed by the Ministry of Justice as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally due to be implemented this August, the reforms have now been postponed until April 2021. The forthcoming reforms...

Harmed By Agents of the State? The Law Will See You Properly Compensated

The law has a very long memory and will ensure that victims of misconduct by state agents are properly compensated, however long it takes. In a striking case on point, the High Court awarded six-figure damages to the loved ones of an innocent docker who was...

Woman Run Down By Negligent Lorry Driver Achieves Justice

Most road accidents happen in seconds, and working out their exact causes after the event is exceptionally difficult. However, a case in which a woman who was knocked down by a lorry was awarded substantial compensation showed the lengths to which judges...

Tenants Win Right to Acquire Subsoil and Airspace in Guideline Case

Qualifying apartment dwellers have a right to acquire the freehold of the buildings where they live, but does that extend to the subsoil beneath the premises and the airspace above? The Court of Appeal addressed that critical issue in a guideline decision....

When Is a New Home Complete? DIY Housebuilders Win £14,000 VAT Rebate

One of the benefits of building your own home is that you can claim back VAT paid on materials used in the project – but rebate applications have to be made within three months of the property's completion. That time limit came under analysis in a case...

Judge Produces Order From Chaos in Upholding Pedestrian's Claim

Reconstructing road accidents which involve multiple vehicles and individuals, all of them coming together in complex sequences of events lasting seconds, poses an enormous challenge. In guaranteeing a gravely injured pedestrian substantial compensation,...
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