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Tombstoning Claims: Can they be defended?

Tombstoning Claims: Can they be defended?

‘Tomb-stoning’, the act of jumping in a straight, upright vertical posture into a body of water from a high platform, has become more popular over rec ...

Ferenc Sumegi v Gate Gourmet UK Ltd - more complex injury counter-fraud success

Ferenc Sumegi v Gate Gourmet UK Ltd - more complex injury counter-fraud success

In Sumegi v Gate Gourmet Ltd, we were instructed by Zurich, the defendant’s EL insurer, to defend the claimant’s claim for a back injury he suffered a ...

High Court Highways Trial: Double Win For Luton Borough Council

High Court Highways Trial: Double Win For Luton Borough Council

It’s not too often these days that a highway case makes the giddy heights of the High Court but our recent case of O’Connor v Luton BC did just that. ...

Needle stick injuries: a fine defence at trial

Needle stick injuries: a fine defence at trial

A loader/recycling operative at Colchester Borough Council was sorting through a box when he suffered a needle stick injury from a discarded needle in ...

Ticking Time Bomb? Asbestos in Schools and Mesothelioma

Ticking Time Bomb? Asbestos in Schools and Mesothelioma

Exposure to asbestos, even at low levels, can cause mesothelioma, an invariably fatal cancer. The incidence of mesothelioma is rising and is currently ...

Green light for disrepair claims? – The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

Green light for disrepair claims? – The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

The Homes Act 2018 which came into force two months ago has far reaching consequences for all providers of social housing. The act supplements the Lan ...

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.

No duty to erect railings at heritage quayside

No duty to erect railings at heritage quayside

The High Court judgment in Liddle v Bristol City Council shines a spotlight on protected heritage sites, and the fine balancing act expected of Counci ...

It is safe to go down to the woods today! How to win claims under the Occupiers' Liability Act

It is safe to go down to the woods today! How to win claims under the Occupiers' Liability Act

The Claimant was cycling out of the Forest on Saturday the 24th June 2017, around a main gated entrance, when he caught his right forearm on a bolt pr ...

How frequently should landowners inspect trees abutting high risk areas?

How frequently should landowners inspect trees abutting high risk areas?

The question of whether a local authority landowner was negligent in setting the frequency of its inspection of trees was considered by the Court of A ...