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Leigh Day in the news 2015

September 2015

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Memorial to victims of torture at Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park, Nairobi
Kenyans must remember and celebrate their heroes Standard Media 20.9.15, Africa Review 21.9.15, The East African 19.9.15 Kenya Mau Mau memorial funded by UK unveiled BBC News 12.9.15,
FTC newswire 12.9.15, Yahoo News 12.9.15Manila Times 12.9.15, Art Daily 14.9.15Modern Ghana 12.9.15, The West Australian 12.9.15, Kenya: 'Regret' By Britain Over Torture Not Enough All Africa 11.9.15, Daily Nation 11.9.15, Chronicle 14.9.15, The Daily Star 12.9.15, China Post 13.9.15, In2EastAfrica 12.9.15, Gulf News 11.9.15 , African Spotlight 12.9.15 , British-backed Kenya Mau Mau memorial opens in rare colonial apology Peace and Freedom 15.9.15
 
Memorial to Kenyan victims of British torture to be unveiled in Nairobi Kenya London News 2.9.15 + DearKitty blog 4.9.15
 

Product liability

Contamination scare halts sale of Silimed silicone implants in Europe Plastics Today 29.9.15  
 
VW
 
Boz widely quoted in UK, international and trade press and on TV. A selection here: VW emissions scandal: First UK legal move against Volkswagen as law firm Leigh Day calls for "full refund" over emissions-cheat cars as car giant admits 1.2m British cars affected City AM 30.9.15, Guardian 30.9.15, Guardian 23.9.15, Hundreds of VW owners in UK 'interested in legal claims' ITV News 28.9.15, Mirror 30.9.15, 10. Volkswagen emissions scandal: how it affects you Guardian 24.9.15, LSG 29.9.15, Daily Mail 27.9.15, Legal Week 30.9.15, Mirror 24.9.15, Bloomberg 30.9.15, BBC News 30.9.15, Legal Business 30.9.15, Leigh Day eyes massive group action if Volkswagen scandal spreads to Europe Litigation Futures 24.9.15, Independent 28.9.15, Sky News 24.9.15.
 

Human rights

CORBYN: Top legal aid lawyer returns to Labour after Islington MP’s victory in leadership contest Islington Tribune 18.9.15
 
Reform of judicial review consultation – a response UK Administrative Justice Institute Sept 2015
 
Ministers face legal fight over turning away hero translators: Lawyers warn defence chiefs they face judicial review unless they reconsider case of interpreter 'Chris' Daily Mail 18.9.15, RT 18.9.15 + Before it's news 18.9.15
David Cameron faces legal challenge over drone attack that killed two British Isis fighters in Syria Independent 24.9.15 + Yahoo 24.9.15,  MPs join charity and law firm to demand drone policy answers Scottish Legal News 24.9.15, Solicitors Journal 24.9.15, The Gulf Today 25.915, Yahoo 4.10.15 + International Business Times 4.10.15
 

Employment

European justice: union problems LSG 7.9.15
 
GMB bids to end Uber £5 poverty pay Morning Star 8.9.15 , Acnedriver blog 7.8.15 + Uber Driver Not Paid Minimum Wage GMB 7.9.15 … Radio Bohuslan 21.9.15
 
Elizabeth George commented on BBC Hereford & Worcester 10.9.15 in relation to the comments of barrister Alexander Carter-Silk to fellow barrister Charlotte Proudman.
 
Clinical negligence
 
Preparation of an expert is expert preparation by Nicola Wainwright Solicitors Journal 8.9.15 Considers difficulties that may arise when using expert witnesses, including possible conflicts of interest, the expert's willingness to attend trial, court deadlines, and the need for thorough preparation before the experts' discussions.
 
Over 40% of medical negligence cases take two or more years to settle, research reveals Litigation Futures 4.9.15
 
Personal injury
 
Relaxing health and safety laws by Zahra Nanji Solicitors Journal 18.9.15
 

August 2015

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Zambian villagers take mining giant Vedanta to court in UK over toxic leaks Observer 1.8.15, Reuters 2.8.15Sudan Vision 5.8.15, News Day 3.8.15, ' Business Standard 4.8.15, Global demos around Vedanta AGM in London, India and Africa Mines and Communities 3.8.15

Lawyers Leigh Day: troublemakers who are a thorn in the side of multinationals Observer 2.8.15 + Humanitarian News 2.8.15

Shanta is representing a group of Lithuanian workers who chased chickens for a pittance in terrible conditions.  She was on the BBC and ITV news on 11.8.15. Other coverage: Maidstone gangmaster firm sued by 'slave' workers BBC News 11.8.15,  Maidstone's Darrell Houghton and Jackie Judge of DJ Houghton Catching Services, Linton, being sued by Lithuanian workers over slavery claims Kent online 11.8.15 Lithuanian migrants trafficked to UK egg farms sue 'worst gangmaster ever' Guardian 10.8.15, Farmers Weekly 10.8.15, Solicitors Journal 11.8.15, Vice 10.8.15, Mail 11.8.15, Lithuanians trafficked to UK chicken farms file landmark case Ahram 11.8.15, Baimė, badas ir purvas: lietuviai kyla į kovą su juos išnaudojusiais britais Delfi 10.8.15, Jungtinėje Karalystėje vergavę lietuviai kreipėsi į teismą Irytas 10.8.15

Product Liability

Could your fridge burn your house down? You can't switch them off. They're packed with inflammable insulation that can give off toxic gas. Here's why they are the most dangerous appliance of all... Daily Mail 3.8.15
 
Tom Jervis quoted in: Experts warn faulty heart implants could be killing 2,000 UK patients a year Express 10.8.15 and I saw a blast, then agony: Woman describes pain as pacemaker EXPLODES in her chest Express 15.8.15

Human Rights

Shepherd's Bush Market traders head to Court of Appeal over CPO battle Get West London 25.8.15 Market traders seek to take dispute over CPO to Court of Appeal Local Government Lawyer 19.8.15
 

Employment

MiHomecare: One of UK's biggest care agencies being sued for paying below minimum wage Independent 11.8.15,  Ex-employee sues homecare provider over non-payment for travel time Local Government Lawyer 12.8.15, Legal action over unpaid travel time Care Management Matters 12.8.15, Travelling carer sues agency for paying below minimum wage in bombshell case for care industry Western Daily Press 12.8.15, Carer sues MiHomecare for not paying minimum wage Corporate Watch 12.8.15, Thousands of carers could be paid below NMW Pay & Benefits 13.8.15

Personal Injury

Death of joiner who worked at Eton College and Windsor Castle launches appeal for information on Asbestos Windsor Observer 10.8.15
 
Witness appeal after cyclist Dean Downing injured in road accident Horncastle News 13.8.15 + Dunstable Today 14.8.15 + widely in local press

Clinical Negligence

The first act of a costs saga Solicitors Journal 10.8.15 by Sanja Strkljevic

 

July 2015
Employment

 Uber facing legal action from drivers over pay and rights ITV News 29.7.15, Telegraph 29.7.15, The Memo 29.7.15,  Dispatch Times 30.7.15, Tech Digest 30.7.15, Digital Spy 30.7.15, Rapid News Network 29.7.15,  Daily Caller 29.7.15Times Union 29.7.15Guardian 29.7.15,  Uber facing legal action in UK over its workers' rights BBC News 29.7.15, Engadget 29.7.15, Telegraph 29.7.15, Bloomberg 29.7.15,  GMB hires Leigh Day for employment action against Uber The Lawyer 29.7.15,  

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Product liability
Beko oven deaths — police start inquiry Sunday Times 26.7.15Fresh police inquiry to examine "criminal offences" over cooker deaths Western Morning News 27.7.15

Afghanistan detention policy
Government loses appeal over Afghanistan detention Belfast Telegraph 30.7.15, Independent 30.7.15, British forces illegally detained Afghan suspect, court of appeal rules Guardian 31.7.15, North Yorkshire Advertiser 30.7.14 + widely in local press, Army told they can hold terror suspects for only 96 hours Times 31.7.15, Telegraph 30.7.15, RT.com 31.7.15

 

Clinical Negligence
NHS versus the lawyers, round two Solicitors Journal 15.7.15 by Nicola Wainwright, Factual evidence: Is it a level playing field? Nicola Wainwright Solicitors Journal 7.7.15

Personal Injury

More on Harminder and Jamie’s successful challenge to court fees, Court fee victory for asbestos victims Association of Costs Lawyers 9.7.15, Court levy U-turn for asbestos victims LSG 3.7.15, MoJ: “Not our intention” that mesothelioma victims should use state compensation to fund court fees Litigation Futures 6.7.15, TUC Risks 11.7.15 + Asbestos campaigners force cancer costs u-turn TUC 10.7.15
 



June 2015 

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Chris Haan on Victoria Live 09.06.2015


There was extensive coverage across various media channels about Chris Haan’s claim against Foxtons. The letting agent-landlord relationship – a dangerous liaison? LexisNexis 15.6.15Landlord is unhappy with his managing agents and wants to terminate their contract Landlord Law Blog 30.6.15Foxtons facing "huge" legal bill after landlord repair charges Landlordzone 11.6.15Let battle commence Sunday Times 21.6.15Foxtons to have their come uppance over fees Landlord Law Blog 18.6.15Property Industry Eye 15.6.15Is Foxtons the estate agent London deserves? Guardian 17.6.15Property Industry Eye 16.6.15Mortgage Strategy 17.6.15
 

Employment
Former electrician on industry blacklist offered £60,000 payout Guardian 9.6.15, Morning Star 10.6.15, Scottish Construction Now 10.6.15, Glasgow Evening Times 9.6.15 + local press, Union rejects blacklisting pay offs TUC - Risks 706 - 13 June 2015
 
Human rights

Lawyers issue proceedings for residents in Cressingham Gardens Estate legal challenge Brixton Buzz 11.6.15
 
Garden Bridge 'moving ahead' says trust, despite site's 'community value' status and attempts to block funding South London Press 12.6.15
 
BHRUT faces legal action from patients Romford Recorder 18.6.15
+ Ilford Recorder 18.6.15, Exclusive: Special measures trust faces group legal action by patients Health Service Journal 16.6.15 Emma Jones also spoke to BBC London 94.9 and BBC London News on 18.6.15 about the BHR Trust
 
Tenant challenges redevelopment over extent of consultation options Local Government Lawyer 22.6.15
 
Plea on assisted suicide guidelines Jersey Evening Post 25.6.15 + Guernsey Press 25.6.15. Guidance on assisted suicide to be challenged in High Court i Newspaper 26.6.15
 
Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate Orders: East trial could go nationwide BBC News 29.6.15
 
Clinical negligence
Russell Levy commented in DH considers cap on legal costs for negligence claims Health Service Journal 16.6.15
 
Cap on NHS litigation claims is not the answer to better care, argues personal injury sector Solicitors Journal 29.6.15
 
Discipline hospital staff, says family of man who died after 'gross failure' in basic care Evening Standard 17.6.15 (Kirsten’s case)
 
Dying cancer patients could volunteer to be medical guinea pigs under new law Telegraph 24.6.15
 
Personal injury      
 
Jury concludes ‘unsafe’ equipment was factor in death of workman at Crawley school Crawley Observer 3.6.15 + Crawley News 14.6.15
 
TUC backs campaign for asbestos removal bill FM World 18.6.15
 
Asbestos 
 
Information plea over joiner’s asbestos death Lancashire Telegraph 1.6.15 + Lancashire and Morecambe Citizen 1.6.15;
 

Highest  ever general damages award in a mesothelioma case  MEENAKCHI GHOORAH (WIDOW AND ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF GOOROOCHANDRA GHOORAH, DECEASED) v (1) WEST ESSEX CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (2) NHS SOUTH WEST ESSEX COMMUNITY SERVICES (3) NORTH EAST LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (4) BARKING, HAVERING AND REDBRIDGE UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST (5) SOUTH ESSEX PARTNERSHIP UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2014)

 


 

 

May 2015 

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Shell agrees to start clean up of 2008 Niger Delta oil spill Yahoo News 2.5.15, Yahoo News 4.5.15, Sudan Vision 4.5.15 + The difference £55 million compensation from Shell makes Amnesty International
 
Abuse
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Nichola Marshall appeared on the BBC evening news following an apology from the Methodist Church for failing to protect children and adults after reports of abuse Daily Mail 29.5.15, BBC News 28.5.15RT 28.5.15 Times 29.5.15, Telegraph 28.5.15, Guardian 28.5.15, Swindon Advertiser 28.5.15  Yahoo News 28.5.15 + BBC London and BBC Radio5Live 28.5.15
 
Product Liability
Thomas Jervis salutes the landmark product liability ruling in Boston Scientific New Law Journal 8.5.15

Employment
Employment team of the year nomination for Liz George’s work on zero hours
The Lawyer awards 2015
 
Liz George quoted in this article, Tories' legislation to protect zero-hours workers called 'toothless' by lawyers Guardian 26.5.15
 
Cycling
Brian Robinson: Cycling legend, 84, awarded crash payout BBC News 27.5.15,Telegraph 26.5.15, Huddersfield Examiner 26.5.15Telegraph and Argus 27.5.15 + extensive local press, Yorkshire Post 26.5.15
 
Personal Injury
Leigh Day has hired partner and specialist industrial disease expert, Helen Ashton as part of its ongoing commitment to offer ‘unparalleled and accessible’ legal advice to victims of asbestos exposure across the country. The Lawyer 11.5.15
 
Clinical Negligence
Toddler, 2, died from brain tumour just six weeks after doctor's 'gross failure' to order simple 15 minute scan that could have diagnosed it Daily Mail 5.5.15

April 2015 

Abuse
I wasn't shown fresh evidence of Lord Janner's alleged abuse of children, says former DPP -  Daily Mail 18.4.15, Telegraph 19.4.15, Daily Mirror 18.4.15, Barry & District News 18.4.15, 4Traders.com 19.4.15, Press Display 17.4.15,  Guardian 16.4.15 
 
Three years for voyeuristic priest - Bicester Advertiser 1.4.15 + Care Appointments 27.3.15
 
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Mining companies increasingly hit by class actions African Mining Intelligence 7.4.15 (subscription only) Países caribeños reclaman compensaciones por la esclavitud  El Mundo 11.3.15
 
Clinical Negligence
Leigh Day paralegal to make NFL history in front of millions - Solicitors Journal 23.4.15
 
Proof that testing mothers for killer bug saves babies: Screening for GBS at hospital resulted in not a single case of bacteria spreading to infants - Daily Mail 12.4.15 + Capital Bay 12.4.15
 

Coroner condemns hospital over death of newborn twin who died an hour after birth from brain damage after a doctor's errors - Daily Mail 12.4.15


March 2015

Abuse
Ally Millar was interviewed on Newsnight 16.3.15 and a number of reports suggested that BA were told of the abuse committed by one of their pilots -  BBC News 20.3.15 + Daily Nation 20.3.15, + Radio 4 PM programme at 26:36
 
Blacklisting
Protests across the country as Union brings attention to the companies that blacklisted workers, articles were published on Noodls 4.3.15 + New Internationalist 13.3.15, Socialist Party 6.3.15, Noodls 24.3.15  + Noodls 27.3.15
 
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Western Sahara

A Western Saharan campaign group is seeking to bring a legal challenge to stop the labelling of Western Saharan goods as Moroccan, articles published on Guardian 4.3.15, All Africa 5.3.15, Letempsdz.com 6.3.15, Homeland Security Newswire 10.3.15, All Africa 11.3.15, Morocco Gazette 12.3.15, El Mundo 25.3.15
 
Clinical Negligence
No apology from hospital despite admittance that the care given was negligent, article published on Evening Standard 5.3.1


February 2015

G4S

Leigh Day wrote to G4S, threatening High Court legal action over claims that 43 South African prisoners suffered abuse in a South African prison run by the British security company. You can read coverage of the story in Eyewitness News, Times Live, The Guardian, Yahoo News and Reuters.
 

 

Product Liability - Cosmetics

Michelle Victor, partner in the product liability team, was interviewed on BBC Look North on 19.2.15 at the end of the inquest into the death of Julie McCabe who died after suffering from a severe allergic reaction after dyeing her hair.
 
 
CSA inquiry

Theresa May names New Zealand High Court judge Lowell Goddard as new head of the child abuse inquiry. Leigh Day lawyers, who are representing dozens of victims, welcome the move to give more powers to the inquiry head. Alison Millar and her team were interviewed and quoted in BBC R4 Today programme, Radio New Zealand, Buxton Advertiser, Stroud News, BBC News, Yorkshire Post, Leigh Journal, Westmorland GazetteSalisbury Journal.
 

Prisoners’ rights

The European Court of Human Rights found that prisoners’ rights were breached by a blanket ban on voting in the General Election. Coverage included reports by Kerrang Radio, Daily Mirror, GuardianTelegraph, EurActive, The Scotsman, TimesFT, BBC NewsDaily Mail.
 

Sports Direct/Zero-hours

Legal action was launched against Sports Direct over allegations that close to 300 employees on zero-hours contracts were excluded from the sportswear giant’s bonus scheme. The news was covered by Rochdale online, BBC R4 Today programme, Staffing Industry Analysis, FT, Daily Record, Personnel Today, The GuardianCityAMRetail News, 4Traders.
 


January 2015

Nigeria/Shell


There was extensive international coverage of the compensation package of £55m agreed by Shell to 15,600 members of the Nigerian Bodo community following a three-year legal battle. Part of the coverage includes stories in the BBC Today programme,  The GuardianFTThe LawyerAll AfricaVice.comArab News, Sky News Australia, Pulse NigeriaAl Jazeera, and Voice of America amongst others.  


 

BP/Tate

The amount of sponsorship that Tate has received from the oil firm BP was finally disclosed to the public at the end of last month, following an information tribunal case led by the firm. Coverage includes reports by Civil SocietyThe GuardianEcologistHyperallergic, Arts Professional and One World News.
 

Colombia/BP

As the four month hearing in the claim by Colombian farmers’ against BP continues - verdict expected later this year - articles were published by The Guardian, Democratic Underground,  RT.com and  Legal Brief.
 

Abuse

The death of former home-secretary Leon Brittan sparked more coverage of the CSA inquiry, with articles in the 
Daily Mirror,  The GuardianDaily BeastDaily Mirror, Spirit FM, Orange.comYorkshire Post,  Huffington Post , and BBC News.
 

Contaminated blood

A legal claim was launched by victims of contaminated NHS blood last month. BBC NewsRocket NewsSunday TimesThe Fiji TimesOnmedica.com,  Pharmafield and  Local Government Lawyer covered the story.
 

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