Articles - DAC Beachcroft

Articles by David Knapp

Historic abuse claim damages award exceeds £1 million

Historic abuse claim damages award exceeds £1 million

The High Court has given a powerful illustration of the potential impact of historic abuse claims in its recent reported judgment in the very sad case ...

Has the roller coaster ride come to an end – the future of Social Services Negligence claims?

Has the roller coaster ride come to an end – the future of Social Services Negligence claims?

The Supreme Court's judgment in a recent abuse case took an in depth look at the action in negligence and whether assumption of responsibility can tak ...

Foreseeability is key in claims for occupational stress

Foreseeability is key in claims for occupational stress

The Claimant, a teaching fellow at London School of Economics, brought a claim against his employer, alleging occupational stress.

A substantial change to the law on false imprisonment - Parker v Chief Constable of Essex

A substantial change to the law on false imprisonment - Parker v Chief Constable of Essex

Linked to the infamous case involving Michael Barrymore where Stuart Lubbock sadly lost his life in Mr Barrymore's pool following a house party, the C ...

Human Rights Act claims against Social Workers-The serious ramifications of breaching  Section 20 Children Act 1989

Human Rights Act claims against Social Workers-The serious ramifications of breaching Section 20 Children Act 1989

Local Authorities have recently seen a marked increase in claims alleging breach of the Human Rights Act where it is said that they have misused s20 o ...

Supreme Court averts feared paralysis of civil litigation-the crucial case of James-Bowen and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, July 2018

Supreme Court averts feared paralysis of civil litigation-the crucial case of James-Bowen and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, July 2018

If an employee is alleged to have caused an injury, or assaults or abuses someone, and the employer settles the claim on the basis that it is vicariou ...

Impaired lines of sight and motor accidents: should a landowner or highways authority face liability?

Impaired lines of sight and motor accidents: should a landowner or highways authority face liability?

In a useful case for Highway Authorities and other landowners the Court of Appeal has once again confirmed its dislike of claims by motorists who have ...

Duty of Care Owed by Police Clarified by Supreme Court – With a Sting in the Tail?

Duty of Care Owed by Police Clarified by Supreme Court – With a Sting in the Tail?

A comparatively straightforward arrest by a Police Officer has prompted an important review of the law affecting Police Officers in the course of thei ...