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Leigh Day in the news 2017

September 2017

Silicosis settlement: a battle against time Financial Mail 7.9.17 + GroundUp: R66-million paid out to former miners with silicosis Daily Maverick 14.9.17

Product liability and consumer
Hotpoint is blamed for killer tumble dryer fire - and family could claim millions Mirror 1.9.17, Tumble dryer warning after fatal flat fire Heart 2.9.17, Llanrwst fatal fire: Families to sue Whirlpool over deaths BBC News 2.9.17

Clinical negligence
Changing behaviours will encourage resolution SJ 6.9.17 Following publication of Lord Justice Jackson’s costs review, Claire Fazan gives her take on a possible, albeit radical, future approach to clinical negligence litigation

Personal injury
Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK - Information Round Mesothelioma UK Newsletter Autumn 2017
UK Personal Injury Market 2017 - Legal Market Briefing Research and Markets 28.9.17
Lawyers experience challenges of life in a wheelchair The Lawyer 22.9.17 + Business Information Portal 29.9.17
Government road safety review welcomed by lawyers Solicitors Journal 21.9.17
GRAHAM DRING (ON BEHALF OF ASBESTOS VICTIMS SUPPORT GROUPS FORUM (UK)) v (1) CAPE DISTRIBUTION LTD (2) CAPE INTERMEDIATE HOLDINGS LTD (3) CONCEPT 70 LTD & ORS (4) AVIVA PLC (2017) QBD (Master McCloud) 10/08/2017. The court determined that the parties in compromised asbestos litigation could be heard on an application to the court by the Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum (UK) for copies of documents from the court record, on condition that they did not seek any order for costs against the Forum. Solicitors: For the applicant: Harminder Bains of Leigh Day.

Human rights

Banbury Guardian health reporter Roseanne Edwards attended the hearing and is pictured speaking to Rowan Smith of Leigh Day and Samantha Broadfoot QC of Landmark Chambers, who acted for Keep the Horton General, and KTHG press officer Charlotte Bird after the case.
NHS campaigners across England encouraged by Horton court result Banbury Guardian 13.9.17, thisisoxfordshire 5.9.17; Oxford Times 5.9.17,  Horton appeal over judicial review goes to court tomorrow Banbury Guardian 4.9.17, Banbury Guardian 7.9.17
British Pro-Polisario Association Sues British Department Over ‘Illegal’ Trade Dispute Morocco World News 7.9.17, Western Sahara Trade Dispute to be heard in the Court of Justice of the European Union Sahara Press Service 9.9.17 + Bilaterals 11.9.17
Kent local plan faces legal challenge over air quality assessment Planning Resource 5.9.17, LSG 18.9.17 + High Court orders government to amend environmental costs cap rules Litigation Futures 15.9.17, Environmental costs LSG 26.9.17
R (on the application of (1) ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS (2) FRIENDS OF THE EARTH LTD (3) CLIENT EARTH (Claimants) v (1) SECRETARY OF STATE FOR JUSTICE (2) LORD CHANCELLOR (Defendants) & CIVIL PROCEDURE RULES COMMITTEE (Interested Party) (2017) QBD (Admin) (Dove J) 15/09/2017. The court considered the correct application of its power, under CPR r.45.44, to vary the default costs caps which applied in Aarhus Convention 2001 claims. There would be a significant deterrent effect on meritorious claims if there was no certainty at the outset in relation to a claimant's potential costs liabilities. Disputes about the level of costs caps should be raised at the point of acknowledging service and a decision on cost capping made at an appropriately early stage of the proceedings. Later variation applications should not be made without good reason.
Coroner finds gross failures at Southmead Hospital where mum performed CPR on her severely autistic son Nicholas Jones Bath Chronicle 28.9.17
NHS Kernow forced to ask patients about vital Telehealth service after legal action threat Cornwall Live 29.9.17
Asda equal pay case: EAT allows mass claim to proceed Personnel Today 1.9.17, Asda urged to solve equal pay for female store workers row after tribunal hearing Coventry Telegraph 1.9.17 + local press + Grocer 2.9.17
"You're fired": the blacklisting of workers in the construction industry Const. L.J. 2017, 33(6), 403-414

Transport for London and Uber App
Uber appeals UK court case on drivers’ rights Business Recorder 29.9.17, Politics Home 26.9.17, Uber faces sex discrimination case in UK FT 26.9.17, Senegal Actu 27.9.17 Al Arabiya 27.9.17Eurasia Diary 27.9.17,  Uber faces sex discrimination claim for 'failing to protect women' Evening Standard 27.9.17,  Uber slapped with gender discrimination case London Loves Business 27.9.17London South East 27.9.17,  Uber appeals UK court case on drivers' rights The Daily Star 28.9.17Arab news 28.9.17The World News 28.9.17,  Uber calls loss of its London licence the 'elephant in the room' as it appeals landmark ruling that said its drivers must be given basic workers' rights Mail online 27.9.17, Londoners could still use Uber for more than a year after ban IBT 26.9.17, Uber taken to tribunal for ‘putting female drivers at risk’ The Brief 27.9.17, International Finance 27.9.17, Business Insider 26.9.17, Independent 26.9.17, Express 26.9.17, The Sun 27.9.17, Sky News 27.9.17, Z Business 27.9.17, Guardian 25.9.17, FT 25.9.17, This is how people are reacting to Transport for London's decision not to renew Uber's licence Business Insider 22.9.17, What does London’s Uber ban mean? BBC News 22.9.17,  The London ban shows how much of Uber's business is based on regulatory arbitrage Business Insider 24.9.17, Business Travel News 22.9.17

5 stars
Addison Lee drivers are workers, tribunal rules Personnel Today 25.9.17, People Management 26.9.17, ' Fleet News 26.9.17, Wards Auto 25.9.17, Staffing Industry Analysts 26.9.17, Morning Star 26.9.17  

August 2017

Former KWM staff offered financial settlement over handling of redundancies Legal Week 9.8.17
Asda loses appeal on equal pay challenge Retail Gazette 31.8.17Retail Week 31.8.17, Employee Benefits 31.8.17, Asda pressed on equal pay for female store workers after tribunal hearing Manchester Evening News 31.8.17 Asda urged to drop equal pay challenge and raise shopfloor wages Guardian 31.8.17, Asda store staff can compare their pay to depot workers’, says EAT People Management 31.8.17, News Letter 31.8.17, inews 31.8.17, Asda loses latest appeal in equal pay case Business Desk 31.8.17, Drapers 31.8.17.

Human rights

TalkTalk scam victims move closer to class-action lawsuit Guardian 19.8.17IAPP 26.8.17
Haringey Council faces court battle after campaigners file legal challenge over development plan Ham & High 15.8.17
Campaigners launch last-ditch appeal to stop fracking in Lancashire Guardian 29.8.17, Javid 'misunderstood planning policies' in approving fracking site, court hears Guardian 30.8.17, Belfast Telegraph 30.8.17, Business Green 30.8.17, Natural Gas World 30.8.17.
Thai beach murders: National Crime Agency unlawfully shared data BBC News 30.8.17, Thai beach murders: National Crime Agency unlawfully shared data The World News 30.8.17
'If supporters gave us 30pence each it would be enough': Hero interpreters who helped fight the Taliban in Afghanistan plead for cash to fund bid for sanctuary in Britain Daily Mail 15.8.17, The World News 16.8.17, Gears of Biz 19.8.17
How patients fought back against PMS cuts that threatened their practice GP 1.8.17
‘Some people still think Elvis is alive’ - Bradford City fire judge condemns ‘conspiracy theories’ Yorkshire Post 5.8.17

Clinical negligence

Stefanos Vavalidis
Widow shocked over husband's 'avoidable' death BBC News 10.7.17, An ‘avoidable’ death The World News 10.8.17, 'Diana's doctor poisoned my husband,' says widow Guardian 10.8.17 + Victoria Derbyshire show 8.8.17, SE Today 8.8.17, both BBC, Channel 5 9.8.17, BBC R4 Today, BBC Breakfast, An ‘avoidable’ death US Story 11.8.17, Health Medicine Network 11.8.17.
Imperial research group hosts first international conference on brain injury Imperial College London 15.8.17 + Medical Health News
Personal injury
These Young Women Died While Volunteering And Now Their Parents Are Suing The Organisation BuzzFeed 7.8.17, also featured on Victoria Derbyshire Live 8.8.17 and SE Today 8.8.17, both BBC.
Small print, big deal International Travel & Health Insurance Journal August 2017
Asbestos cancer sufferer: Help me get evidence to sue builders Evening Standard 31.7.17. Harminder Bains, representing Mr Rowe, said: "We desperately need to speak to people who worked for Thomas Edge and spent time on site at William Penn. 

‘Tank chasing’ lawyer defends decision to sue British army over Iraq FT 16.8.17
(1) ABDUL-HAKIM BELHAJ (2) FATIMA BOUDCHAR v JACK STRAW MP & 6 ORS (2017) QBD (Popplewell J) 21/07/2017.
Mau Mau case quietly going on in London Daily Nation 27.8.17
Muslim Campaigners Say Tackling Misogyny Is The Key To Stopping Sex Grooming Rings BuzzFeed 13.8.17
Abuse survivor slams police for paying convicted child rapist in Newcastle case Socialist Worker 11.8.17
“Blood on their hands” - the sorry state of UK mental health services by Andrew Lord Open Democracy 17.8.17
Product liability and consumer

Ministers urged to act on white goods fire safety recommendations made last year The NW Mail 21.8.17, BBC Radio London interview 21.8.17, the piece is at 2:05, Victoria Derbyshire interview 21.8.17, the piece is at 1:45

July 2017

London court hears Vedanta's challenge to Zambian villagers' pollution claim Energy World 6.7.17 + Investing 6.7.17 + London South East 5.7.17, EuroNews 5.7.17, One world 3.7.17.
Afghan civilian says SAS killed the unarmed family in raid Mogaznews 5.7.17
Conference: In-house in order? LSG 3.7.17
Delayed Niger Delta clean-up - the REAL story Legal Brief 11.7.17, KING FELIX SUNDAY BEBOR BEREBON & ORS v SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CO OF NIGERIA LTD (2017), Nigeria: Delayed Niger Delta Clean-Up - the REAL Story AllAfrica 12.7.17, Unncova 13.7.17
Lawyers attack secret hearing for Jack Straw illegal rendition claim Times Brief 24.7.17 Rendition case against Jack Straw must be held in secret, judge rules Guardian 21.7.17, The National 22.7.17, Libyan spies intercepted MI6 chief's secret phone calls in 2003, court told Guardian 10.7.17, CaribFlame 11.7.17 + RT 11.7.17, Africa Times 13.7.17
Product liability and consumer
Trainee Roshan Croker wrote a blog, 'The terrible consequences of deregulation and cutting corners' for Open Democracy 5.7.17
Personal injury
Partner Clare Campbell was quoted in the weekly magazine Chat Magazine talking about one of her travel clients.
Human rights
Contaminated Blood House of Commons Hansard 20.7.17
Saudi arms trading LSG 18.7.17,  High Court Rules UK Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Legal Lawyer Monthly 11.7.17The Navhind Times 11.7.17, UK court: Saudi arms sales lawful Global Security 10.7.17, Think Progress 10.7.17 Secret evidence shoots down arms trade judicial review LSG 10.7.17Middle East Eye 10.7.17,  Campaigners fail in High Court bid to stop the UK selling billions of pounds of arms to Saudi Arabia - but the case has STILL cost taxpayers £600,000 Mail online 10.7.17. Yahoo 10.7.17,  UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia ruled lawful BBC News 10.7.17 The New Arab 9.7.17,Hansard 10.7.17, UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia under threat as court ruling on terrorism looms The Observer 9.7.17,  UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia ruled lawful BBC News 10.7.17.Message from the High Court: Carry on arming the Saudis Dissident Voice 13.7.17
Sahara occidental / Royaume-Uni : La justice européenne examinera le 6 septembre une affaire d’importation illégale Reporters 2.7.17 + in other French language press
Campaigners threaten legal action over Haringey assets sell off Ham & High 10.7.17
Campaigners plan legal challenge to Haringey vehicle Inside Housing 12.7.17
Inquiry announced into contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 dead News & Star 11.7.17, Hillsborough-style inquiry considered into the contaminated blood scandal Express 16.7.17
Capita criticised over unpaid graduate training scheme Guardian 26.7.17 + Exec Review 26.7.17
Uber branded 'immoral' by Labour business spokeswoman Rebecca Long-Bailey IBT 11.7.17, Taylor review into the gig economy set to back worker benefits and minimum wage rights IBT 10.7.17, Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review Personnel Today 11.7.17, Deliveroo warns against action to limit flexible work Breaking News 11.7.17, Taylor Review proposes dependent contractor status Employee Benefits 11.7.17.
Addison Lee tribunaal geval PHCmag.com 30.7.17, Addison Lee worker status tribunal hearing begins Personnel Today 5.7.17, GMB launches fresh challenge over drivers’ status at Addison Lee Post & Parcel 3.7.17,  CityAM 3.7.17 + Business Insider 3.7.17, GMB launches legal challenge against Addison Lee Fleet News 4.7.17, Addison Lee to face legal action over holiday pay and minimum wage Employee Benefits 4.7.17, The Lawyer 4.7.17, Minimum wage should be extended to cover self-employed FT 4.7.17, Belfast Telegraph 3.7.17
Equal pay laws could be scrapped after Brexit, women's rights groups warn Independent 14.7.17, The Business Times 14.7.17, Bloomberg 14.7.17, Legal Week 13.7.17
Deliveroo struggles to stay one hop ahead of the rest FT 14.7.17
Partner Kiran Daurka appeared on BBC 1’s Victoria Derbyshire show on 25.7.17 talking about the gender pay gap; Britain's Biggest Entertainers Are Underpaid, and the Women Are Paid Less Than the Men Advertising Age 19.7.17, Newsdog 19.7.17, Independent 19.7.17, It Turns Out Britain’s Biggest TV Names Are Underpaid Bloomberg 19.7.17
Shooting the messenger No Right Turn 24.7.17, Ministers ‘undermined law’ over Iraq war crimes allegations Observer 23.7.17, SRA reclaims enforcement credentials with record £250k fine on White & Case SJ 20.7.17, When lawyers feel scared to do their job, mob rule edges closer LSG 14.7.17, Former solicitor-general protests at government "attacks" on Leigh Day The Brief 13.7.17, Harman seeks answers on MoD influence on Leigh Day case LSG 13.7.17, Standard of proof in the spotlight  SJ 5.7.17, PII special: Cheap and cheerful? LSG 3.7.17.

June 2017

Leigh Day tribunal is relevant to the entire profession Times Brief 29.6.17
Can white knight lawyers return? SJ 26.6.17,  Day – Check you are covered against SRA LSG 26.6.17, 'Actually I quite enjoyed a lot of it' - Martyn Day full Q&A LSG 26.6.17.
Founding Partner Martyn Day was interviewed on the PM programme BBC R4 on 22.6.17 at about 46:28.
SRA prosecution was 'political game' to attack human rights - Day LSG 22.6.17, I always felt in my heart I was innocent Times 22.6.17, ‘Slagged off’ lawyer turns on ministers The Times 22.6.17,  Government fuelled Leigh Day misconduct charges, says co-founder The Brief 22.6.17, Lawyer of the week: Patricia Robertson, QC Times 22.6.17,  No need to apologise to British soldiers over Iraq claims, says Martyn Day Guardian 22.6.17, Cleared Leigh Day team keen to get back to work LSG 19.6.17, Sublime to the ridiculous LSG 19.6.17, SRA loses as Leigh Day exonerated in fake Iraqi abuse Roll on Friday 16.6.17, UK Government Should Look In The Mirror After Leigh Day Vindicated  Human Rights Watch 15.6.17, Green Watch 15.6.17,  SRA renews call for civil standard of proof in disciplinary proceedings SJ 14.6.17, SRA downbeat on immediate changes to standard of proof LSG 14.6.17,  Leigh Day fall-out: Questions over burden of proof in tribunal and SRA powers Legal Futures 12.6.17


Lawyers rush to defend Leigh Day after solicitors cleared of 19 misconduct charges Legal Cheek 12.6.17, Leigh Day fall-out: Questions over burden of proof in tribunal and SRA powers Legal Futures 12.6.17, Measuring the fallout of the most expensive tribunal claim ever  The Brief 12.6.17, Leigh Day fall-out: Questions over burden of proof in tribunal and SRA powers Legal Futures 12.6.17.


Law firms indicted of hounding British infantry with Iraqi fight crime claims privileged of wrongdoing UK Star 10.6.17, SOLDIER LAWYERS CLEARED Law firms accused of hounding British troops with Iraqi war crime claims cleared of wrongdoing The Sun 10.6.17, Leigh Day lawyers cleared of misconduct over Iraq claims The Times 10.6.17.


Leigh Day - questions will be asked of the SRA LSG 9.6.17, SDT clears Leigh Day partners in Iraq War claim The Lawyer 9.6.17, Lawyers who pursued Iraq War torture claims against the British Army cleared of any wrongdoing Asian Image 9.6.17, Leigh Day lawyers cleared of wrongdoing over Iraq War torture and murder claims Telegraph 9.6.17, Leigh Day and its lawyers cleared of all 19 charges LSG 9.6.17,  SDT clears Leigh Day and three of its lawyers in high-profile Iraqi claims misconduct prosecution Legal Business 9.6.17, Law firm cleared of misconduct charges over Iraq cases FT 9.6.17, Lawyers cleared of wrongdoing over Iraq War torture and murder claims AOL 9.6.17, Lawyers cleared of wrongdoing over Iraq War torture and murder claims Wimbledon Guardian 9.6.17 + widely in local press, Law firm Leigh Day cleared over Iraq murder compensation claims  Guardian 9.6.17


Tribunal clears Leigh Day of misconduct: All 19 allegations against firm and its lawyers dismissed by SDT SJ 9.6.17,  Fury as ALL solicitors at controversial law firm that backed 'false' torture claims against British soldiers in Iraq are CLEARED of any wrongdoing Daily Mail 9.6.17, Iraq torture case: Leigh Day cleared of ALL misconduct following longest solicitor disciplinary tribunal in history Legal Cheek 9.6.17, SDT clears Leigh Day and three of its lawyers in high-profile Iraqi claims misconduct prosecution  Legal Business 9.6.17


Leigh Day lawyers cleared of wrongdoing over Iraq War torture and murder claims Telegraph 9.6.17


Breaking news: Leigh Day and its lawyers cleared of all allegations LSG 9.6.17


Law firm Leigh Day cleared over Iraq murder compensation claims LSG 9.6.17


Leigh Day lawyers cleared of Iraq case misconduct BBC News 9.6.17


Leigh Day exonerated after longest and most expensive disciplinary tribunal prosecution ever Legal Futures 9.6.17

Vedanta’s KCM UK Court of Appeal hearing starts next week Creamer Media's Mining Weekly 29.6.17
Beyond survival, to heal and thrive Islington Tribune 5.6.17, Paedophile Catholic priest jailed for 22 years could have many more victims, fear police Express 6.6.17

Veilstone care home

'Unacceptable attitudes' towards people with learning disabilities 'must change'  Care Appointments 8.6.17; Care home staff convicted and disabled residents were 'kicked, punched and stripped naked' Independent 8.6.17; Telegraph 8.6.17; Daily Mail 7.6.17; Thirteen convicted for treating residents like animals in 'systemic abuse' at two care homes Care Home 7.6.17; Devon Live 7.6.17; Staff 'imprisoned disabled adults to control them' ITV News 7.6.17; Ally also spoke on the Jeremy Vine show on 8.6.17 on BBC Radio 2
How an African History Scholar Became a Modern Righter of Wrongs Working Knowledge 7.6.17
Human rights protection at home and abroad: Lessons to be learned from the Colombian peace process Open Democracy 12.6.17
Product liability and consumer

Tens of thousands of hip replacements could be TOXIC as Brits are urged to have a medical check Mirror 29.6.17, Guernsey Press 30.6.17 + 'Metal-on-metal' hip implant patients advised to have X-rays and blood tests Independent 30.6.17
Grenfell Tower fire litigation ‘inevitable’ SJ 16.6.17,  Arconic ends sales of panels used at Grenfell Tower for high-rise Reuters 27.6.17, NY Times 26.6.17, Watertown Daily Times 27.6.17, IIS 28.6.17, My Express 27.6.17.
First opt-out class action withdrawn after damages found to be insufficient Litigation Futures 5.6.17; Legal Business 8.6.17
Mars brand perception takes hit but expected to recover after fall Confectionary News 19.6.17
VW 'treating British customers with contempt over dieselgate' Daily Telegraph 24.6.17
Personal injury
Partner Clare Campbell appeared on BBC1 Breakfast TV on 21.6.17 talking about travel illness claims
Rapha Nocturne hits London’s streets this weekend Cycling Weekly 7.6.17
Human rights

High Court hears challenge to government’s closure of Dubs scheme SJ 20.6.17, Legal Cheek 20.6.17, AOL 20.6.17, The Justice Gap 20.6.17, Care Appointments 20.6.17, Legal challenge launched over unaccompanied child refugees Newsdog 20.6.17 + Evening Express 20.6.17.
Supreme Court narrowly rejects bid for Northern Ireland women to get the right to free NHS abortions in England Daily Mail 15.6.17, The Irish News 14.6.17, NW Evening Mail 14.6.17
Blind woman secures compensation after council breaches voting rights Local Government Executive 6.6.17; Local Government Lawyer 5.6.17; Council pays out £2000 after blind woman unable to vote Local Government 7.6.17


Campaigns win right to appeal Little Plumpton fracking decision BBC News 7.6.17 + interview on Radio Lancashire; Local Gov 8.6.17
Solicitor Anna Moore was interviewed on 6.30pm BBC London News 2.6.17 about the Charlie Gard case.
The UK’s highest courts have ruled that Theresa May broke the law twice in the last month The Canary 14.6.17
Polling station ‘discrimination’ fuels calls for online voting Disability News Service 15.6.17
Family “shocked and disappointed” after inquest into vulnerable teacher’s death in Lincoln The Lincolnite 16.6.17, Rutland Mercury 16.6.17,  Family of teacher found dead in quarry left 'shocked' after inquest Lincolnshire Live 16.6.17
BP Portrait Award Cannot Escape Tainted Sponsorship Allegations Artlyst 20.6.17
Grow Heathrow runway protest community given 14 days to leave site Guardian 29.6.17
Clinical negligence
SICKLY HEALTH SERVICE Legal fees paid by NHS to ambulance-chasing lawyers rocket to £418m The Sun 26.6.17, The Global Legal Post 28.6.17.
Fixed recoverable costs on the horizon for clinical negligence Law Careers 6.6.17
The gig economy: the role of responsible employers in correctly classifying their workforce Forster Communications 15.6.17
Sleepless nights and hospital runs: The struggles of parenthood in the gig economy Dotemirates 6.6.17 + Business Insider 6.6.17

May 2017

Product liability and consumer
A Sevenoaks mum wants Disney to withdraw one of its cups after her son's tongue gets trapped Kent Live 18.5.17 (case also mentioned in The Sun)

Personal injury
HOLIDAY HORROR Man arrested for ‘failing to save’ Irish tourist Elaine O’Donovan who drowned while on holiday in Lanzarote The Sun 19.5.17


The Adventure Syndicate announce RideThe Highlands Sport Sister 2.5.17,  The Adventure Syndicate launches new ultra-distance race team Cyclist 11.5.17 + Total Women’s Cycling 11.5.17
Partner Clare Campbell spoke on You & Yours 5.5.17 (28:00) about consumer law contracts
ASBESTOS VICTIMS SUPPORT GROUPS FORUM UK (Non-Party) & CONCEPT LTD & ORS (Claimants) v CAPE INTERMEDIATE HOLDINGS PLC (Defendant) (2017) [2017] EWHC 811 (QB) QBD (Master McCloud) 06/04/2017. Following a without notice application by a non-party, the court ordered that documents filed at court during the course of litigation concerned with asbestos exposure be preserved at the court office pending an application for disclosure under CPR r.5.4C. Solicitors: For the applicant (non-party): Leigh Day
Lawyers rally to support victims of Manchester attack SJ 26.5.17

Human rights
Britain acted unlawfully in not accepting Bases refugees Cyprus Mail 25.5.17Parikiaki 25.5.17Forces Network 25.5.17, Evening Express 25.5.17, AOL 25.5.17,  UK government loses appeal against case of refugees at Cyprus base Guardian 25.5.17Channel 4 News 25.5.17.
R (on the application of TAG ELDIN RAMADAN BASHIR & ORS) (Appellants) v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Respondent) & SOVEREIGN BASE AREA AUTHORITY (Interested Party) (2017)
Civil liberties and human rights – what’s at stake in the UK's 2017 General Election?  Open Democracy UK 29.5.17
Solicitor Anna Moore, from Leigh Day's Human Rights team was on Victoria Derbyshire 2.5.17 at 1:38 talking about the Charlie Gard case:
Former child soldiers 'recruited by UK private security firm' in Iraq and Afghanistan Independent 4.5.17 + Yahoo 4.5.17
HOLIDAY HEARTACHE Family’s anguish as two cops are suspended after Brit dad is found hanged in Benidorm cell just hours after making Armada jibe The Sun 14.5.17 + Mirror 13.5.17
Clinical negligence

Hospital failings did contribute to headmaster's death, coroner concludes Manchester Evening News 4.5.17
Princess Diana's GP is sued for negligence by widow of City banker Telegraph 14.5.17International Business Times 15.5.17Mail online 14.5.17

GMB gig-economy challenge to Hermes Logistik Express 3.5.17, HMRC steps up inquiry into employment status of Hermes couriers Guardian 3.5.17Employee Benefits 3.5.17Economia 3.5.17Logistics Manager 3.5.17NewsDog 3.5.17Morning Star 4.5.17, Evening Express 3.5.17, GMB takes on courier giant Hermes in fresh 'gig-economy' legal action Politics Home 3.5.17Hastings Observer 3.5.17ExecReview 3.5.17Freelance.uk 5.5.17, GMB launch ‘gig economy’ fight against Hermes PHC Magazine 9.5.17

GMB celebrates Lidl victory after budget supermarket's bid to deny workers union representation thrown out of court Politics Home 4.5.17Morning Star 5.5.17
Insight: Gourmet meals on bicycle wheels The Scotsman 6.5.17
These People Took Uber And Deliveroo To Court – Here's What They Think Of The Tory Manifesto BuzzFeed News 18.5.17, Union starts battle for workers' rights at Deliveroo International Business Times 23.5.17,  Deliveroo fights back in latest gig economy row as IWGB union seeks workers’ rights CityAM 22.5.17.
In-house: Uber searches for new EMEA GC as Callaghan to step down Legal Business 24.5.17

April 2017

Incredible pictures reveal British soldiers suppressing the Mau Mau rebellion in the harsh African jungle during the Kenya Emergency  Mail online 4.4.17
14 Caribbean Nations Sue Former Colonizers for Slave Trade Caribpress 11.4.17
Product liability and consumer 

Beko appliance caused fire
Faulty Beko fridge-freezer sparked house fire that killed lung-transplant patient, 63, who was forced to leap from an upstairs window to escape the blaze Daily Mail 26.4.17, MEN 25.4.17 + House fire that led to dad jumping to death 'was caused by faulty fridge-freezer' Mirror 25.4.17
Competition tribunal rejects bid to throw out first opt-out class action application Litigation Futures 5.4.17
Hip implant maker was alerted to safety fears, as surgeon told them: ‘It borders on unethical to market’ Telegraph 11.4.17

Personal injury
We want closure: Family's appeal for answers over dad's lung cancer death Burnley Express 20.4.17 + Pendle Today 20.4.17
Asbestos exposure Private Eye 4.4.17 + LETHAL LIES PART TWO: Unmasking The Men Behind The Global Spying Ring New Matilda 23.4.17
Asbestos, spying and the Canadian connection Montreal Gazette 29.4.17 + MSN News
British Cycling calls for government to scrap plans to limit cyclist claims Press Release Point 12.4.17 + Military Technoligies.net 12.4.17, British Cycling teams up with other road user groups to call for cyclists to be excluded from soft tissue injury PI reforms Claims Mag 17.4.17
The Adventure Syndicate announce Ride The Highlands Sport Sister 2.5.17

Human rights 

Mr & Mrs Carmichael
Claimants can bring benefits appeals in First-tier Tribunal  SJ 27.4.17, Victory for bedroom tax couple as DWP defeated in court again  Politics.co.uk 27.4.17,  Cruel Bedroom Tax dealt ANOTHER court defeat in blow to the Tory government Mirror 27.4.17
Council backs bed cuts legal challenge Midweek Herald 19.4.17 + Midweek Herald 21.4.17
Tragic TJ was let down by mental health services Daily Gazette 24.4.17 Inquest rules ‘adequate precautions’ were not taken ahead of Dovercourt man’s suicide East Anglian Daily Times 21.4.17
Cuadrilla Welcomes UK Shale Ruling Natural Gas World 13.4.17
Crowdfunding drive to bankroll HDV High Court challenge Ham & High 13.4.17

Clinical negligence 
Injury caused by badly fitted catheter 'accelerated' former headmaster's death MEN 28.4.17
Exclusive: Grandmother awarded compensation for suffering PTSD after watching her daughter give birth Telegraph 29.4.17
Parents’ 5-year wait for hospital apology over baby’s death Sunday Times 2.4.17
Essex family’s ‘heartbreaking’ five-year wait for Colchester Hospital’s apology over baby Summer’s death East Anglian Daily Times 4.4.17 + Coastal Scene 4.4.17

Kiran Daurka was a panel member on a Guardian live chat
How to deal with ageism at work – live chat Guardian 23.4.17
Union fights DX over Black Country workers' rights Express & Star 26.4.17,
Employee Benefits 27.4.17Post & Parcel 24.4.17 + Politics Home 24.4.17
Uber wins the right to appeal ruling on UK drivers' rights IT Pro 20.4.17
GMB brings legal case against UK Express Delivery over its employee’s employment status Motor Transport 13.4.17 Addison Lee tribunal date PHC Mag 16.4.17, GMB launches 'Uber' style legal case against Amazon logistics firm in new gig economy battle Politics Home 3.4.17 + Morning Star 1.4.17
Uber granted appeal in landmark legal case over employment status of drivers as workers or self-employed CityAM 19.4.17
Will new pay gap rules solve it? Times 13.4.17, How to negotiate a pay rise or promotion Guardian 5.4.17
The Round-Up – Deliveroo UK Human Rights Blog 10.4.17, Revealed: The lengths Deliveroo takes to ensure drivers are not employees ITV 5.4.17Guardian 5.4.17, Gig Economy Contracts From Deliveroo, Amazon, And Uber Condemned By MPs Huffington Post 6.4.17

March 2017

Partner, Nigel Mackay appeared on BBC Breakfast 30.3.17 speaking about the gig economy and the Deliveroo challenge. The UK law firm which won a bombshell Uber ruling is bringing a claim against Deliveroo Business Insider UK 27.3.17FT 27.3.17CCH Daily 28.3.17Employee Benefits 28.3.17Guardian 27.3.17London Loves Business 28.3.17CityAM 27.3.17The Times 28.3.17Yahoo 28.3.17Yahoo 28.3.17,
Deliveroo riders plan legal action over employment rights Exec Review 27.3.17, Deliveroo is facing a tribunal on whether its riders are actually workers Yahoo 6.3.17 + Business Insider 6.3.17
Personal Injury
Leigh Day to act as official legal partner of Spin Cycling Festival Bike Biz 2.3.17
Family of cyclist killed in Surrey pothole crash express thanks to coroner Road.cc 2.3.17 + Get Surrey 2.3.17
Lethal Lies: How A Corporate Spy For A Kazakhstan Company Infiltrated The Global Anti-Asbestos Network New Matilda 5.3.17
Crash memorial shame Wigan Today 21.3.17
Shell International accuses Shell Nigeria of hiding data on spill hazards in N/Delta Yohaig 29.3.17, Uncova 28.3.17This Day 28.3.17Independent 26.3.17EnviroNews 28.3.17 + Yahoo 24.3.17, NewsDog 25.3.17, African Herald Express 25.3.17, The Answer 24.3.17, Royal Dutch Shell A : Shell Oil Spills Led to ‘Astonishingly High’ Pollution in Nigeria Naija247 News 23.3.17 + Morning Star 23.3.17Upstream 31.3.17
Linklaters and Leigh Day costs to total £15m in long-running Xstrata battle The Lawyer 23.3.17
The BBC used a few seconds of interview footage of one of our clients in the chicken catchers case, Laurynas, in a feature on modern slavery on the Sunday Politics South East on 26 February. The piece starts at 49:30 here: It is focused on safe houses and support for victims of modern slavery and does not discuss the chicken catchers’ case.
Leigh Day defends villagers against mining companies Africa Mining Intelligence 6.3.17
Officers threaten to sue police after Dr Reginald Bunting sexually molested new recruits Bath Chronicle 22.3.17
Irish Centre for Human Rights Conference Indy Media Ireland 24.3.17
In three actions brought by individuals who claimed to have been ill treated by the British armed forces during the Iraq war, it was appropriate, with the exception of one claim, to make declarations that closed material applications could be made to the court.
Product Liability and Consumer
How to get a free replacement tumble drier after hundreds deemed too dangerous to use Daily Express 1.3.17 'DANGEROUS' tumble dryer NOT replaced for more than one year Daily Express 22.3.17
Volkswagen dieselgate row escalates as more than 64,000 drivers plan to sue the car giant Daily Mail 17.3.17
Human Rights
Rip-off name centre Newstream 9.3.17 Inside the TalkTalk 'Indian scam call centre' BBC News 6.3.17 Whistleblowers Describe Industrial-Scale Indian TalkTalk Scam Open Sources 8.3.17, The memo 7.3.17, Inside the TalkTalk 'Indian scam call centre' Centralizada 7.3.17 + Planet Genius 7.3.17, Talktalk call centres ‘run by professional fraudsters’ Times 7.3.17iTech Post 7.3.17Engage Customer 9.3.17
Supreme court to consider appeal to enforce smoking ban in UK jails Guardian 20.3.17 + Yahoo 20.3.17
A key proposal for abortion law reform Guardian 10.3.17 (letter)
High Court ruling ‘could keep town fracking free’ Leigh Observer 17.3.17SJ 15.3.17Also on BBW NW lunchtime News 15.3.17The Blackpool Gazette 15.3.17Fracking site approval by government based on legal errors, court hears Guardian 15.3.17The Scarborough News 16.3.17
A Mentally Ill Man Died After Being Failed By Three Public Bodies, A Coroner Says Buzz Feed News 8.3.17
Clinical negligence 
Pregnant women trialling 'personal maternity budgets' BT 22.3.17 + Guernsey Press 22.3.17

February 2017


Associate Solicitor Nigel Mackay was interviewed by Channel 4 News 10.2.17(at 3:00) + BBC News, commenting on the Pimlico Plumber case on workers' rights.
Uber faces €45m lawsuit 'for causing man's divorce' The Week 13.2.17, Uber Just Made A Bunch Of Changes To Try To Appease Its Drivers Buzz Feed 16.2.17
Deliveroo drivers to protest over self-employed ‘exploitation’ The Caterer 8.7.17Business Matters 9.2.17 + Bullfax.com 9.2.17Commercial Fleet 9.2.17PHC 9.2.17
Ministers quietly award senior judges 11% pay rises taking those at the Court of Appeal up to £227,000 a year Daily Mail 25.2.17
Hidden disabilities at work: 'Every day I'm fatigued and in pain' Guardian 21.2.17 Emma Satyamurti taking place in Guardian Q+A session on 22.2.17 on coping with a disability at work.
Trade unions: come together LSG 6.2.17
The hidden workplace skills of those with dyspraxia FT 8.2.17
Personal Injury
SANDRA MEHMETEMIN v CRAIG FARRELL (2017) QBD (Sir Robert Nelson) 27/01/2017. Total damages of £963,793 were awarded to a claimant who had suffered a complex and serious fracture of the right ankle in a road traffic accident, resulting in pain and greatly reduced mobility
Cyclist who lost leg in east London Tesco lorry crash demands tougher action against bad drivers Evening Standard 8.2.17
Lawyers sue to discover extent of information obtained by “corporate spy” Legal Futures 20.2.17 
(1) HARMINDER BAINS (2) LAURIE KAZAN-ALLEN (3) VNP v (1) ROBERT MOORE (2) K2 INTELLIGENCE LTD (3) MATTEO BIGAZZI (2017) QBD (Sir Michael Tugendhat) 14/02/2017. In proceedings for breach of confidence, an application for delivery up was too wide as it was not tied to the claimants and did not require the information to be arguably confidential or private to them.
(1) HARMINDER BAINS (2) LAURIE KAZAN-ALLEN (3) VNP v (1) DNT (2) K2 INTELLIGENCE LTD (3) MATTEO BIGAZZI (2016) Lawtel 21.2.17. A corporate intelligence organisation had engaged in a sophisticated and conscious process of manipulation so as to obtain private and sensitive confidential information from anti-asbestos campaigners for disclosure to a client with an interest in the asbestos industry. It was ordered to disclose the identity of the client to the claimants under the Norwich Pharmacal jurisdiction, to enable the claimants to decide whether to bring proceedings against it.
40,000 Nigerians Face Setback In Receiving Compensation From Shell News Ghana 3.2.17Ghana News Agency 7.2.17
Plans to remove duty of care for British soldiers branded as ‘shameful’ The Justice Gap 16.2.17
Product Liability and Consumer
The drug trial: emergency at the hospital BBC 2 21.2.17 21:00 Partner Gene Matthews interviewed in this programme on Northwick Park drug trial.
Associate Solicitor Chris Haan quoted in Victory! Currys ditches absurd 48hr return policy for broken goods and admits it was 'confusing' customer Daily Mail 21.2.17
Partner Jill Paterson and Associate Solicitor Tom Jarvis quoted widely in coverage: 'WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR?' Victims left homeless by Whirlpool tumble dryer fire receive no compensation from multi-million pound giant The Sun 25.2.17, Daily Mirror 24.2.17, Whirlpool tells customers to stop using Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryers linked to fires North West Evening Mail 24.2.17, Get West London 26.2.17, Bristol Post 24.2.17, The Herald 23.2.17, The Oxford Times 23.2.17, Grimsby Telegraph 23.2.17, 'WE'RE LUCKY TO BE ALIVE' Hotpoint dishwasher fire leaves family homeless after major house blaze The Sun 23.2.17, AOL 23.2.17 + News Today 23.2.17, Solo News 23.2.17, Owners told not to use dangerous tumble dryers after all BBC News 22.2.17Daily Mirror 22.2.17MSN 22.2.17Diss Express 23.2.17Daily Express 22.2.17,  Daily Mail 28.2.17Get West London 28.2.17
Human Rights
Brexit and Fundamental Rights UK Human Rights Blog 1.2.17 + Brexit and fundamental rights - podcast available UK Human Rights Blog 7.2.17

Campaign to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia moves to High Court Western Telegraph 7.2.17 + AOL 7.2.17The Ferret 6.2.17Halting UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia would have risks, court hears Guardian 8.2.17 +  True Viral news 9.2.17
At last, MPs probe betrayal of Afghan hero translators: Defence Select Committee to hear how interpreters have been 'abandoned' and could be killed unless they are given sanctuary Daily Mail 7.2.17News7Paper 7.2.17 
TalkTalk scam victims say it’s time for answers Guardian 18.2.17 
High Court to review CPS decision in Libyan renditions case Miltech 20.2.17
British spy chief's alleged role in abducting Libyan torture victim to be revealed Middle East Eye 19.2.17Guardian 19.2.17Court ruling on Britain’s shady acts abroad could finally see powerful figures in the dock The Canary 20.2.17
Cash boost bid by victims of infected blood Express on Sunday 19.2.17
Charities challenge Home Office over Dubs scheme decisions SJ 15.2.17, Archbishop Justin Welby steps up attack on ministers Capital Bay 10.2.17 + News7Paper 11.2.17Morning Star 11.2.17Guardian 10.2.17Third Force News 10.2.17, Beloit Daily News 10.2.17Daily Mail 10.2.17The National 10.2.17Metro 10.2.17
Clinical negligence 
AMANDA MCGUINN v LEWISHAM & GREENWICH NHS TRUST (2017) QBD (Jeremy Baker J) 26/01/2017. The claimant, whose daughter had been born severely disabled, had established that those responsible for her medical care during her pregnancy had breached their duty of care in failing to appreciate that the fetus was at risk of suffering from a condition called microcephaly.

January 2017 

Why Shell's Bodo oil spill still hasn't been cleaned up Telegraph 8.1.17, Downstream Today 6.1.17, Reuters 6.1.17, Uncova 8.1.17, Oil and Gas People 9.1.17, Shell battles Nigerian communities in high-stakes London lawsuit African Independent 14.1.17, Smart Stock News 6.1.17, Engineering News 9.1.17, Royal Dutch Shell plc.com 11.1.17

UK court dismisses suit on RDS liability for Niger Delta oil spills Sweet Crude Reports 30.1.17, Pan-African News Wire 29.1.17, Bonham Journal 29.1.17, Farandu Life 29.1.17, Young Herald 29.1.17, Newsweek 27.1.17, 'It's payback time,' says Nigerian king suing Shell over claim it pumped his region's drinking water with deadly diseases Telegraph 25.1.17, The New Age 26.1.17, The Day 26.1.17, Mail Online 26.1.17, Legal Business 26.1.17, ITV 26.1.17, Yahoo 26.1.17, The Cable 26.1.17, STV 26.1.17, Independent 27.1.17, Reuters 26.1.17, The Briefing 27.1.17, DesmogUK 24.1.17, CityAM 26.1.17  Shell wins court ruling on Nigerian pollution claims Mailonline 26.1.17, Guardian 26.1.17, Morning Star 27.1.17, Oil Gas Daily 26.1.17, African Business 26.1.17, Times 27.1.17, Law Society Gazette 27.1.17
Finishing Touches- A Play by Brian Daniels Hievents.co.uk
Gangmasters Licensing authority in 'negligence' court case over 'worst UK gangmaster ever' Food Manufacture 13.1.17,  Partner Shanta Martin interviewed for Farming Today BBC R4 17.1.17
Terrorist ‘held in Thailand’ will sue UK ex-minister Intellasia.net 19.1.17, Bournemouth Echo 17.1.17,  News7Paper 18.1.17, Asharq Al-Awsat 17.1.17, NewsDog 18.1.17,  UK Court Allows Libyan Commander to Sue British Government Libya Business Info 19.1.17, Reuters 17.1.17,  Legal Cheek 17.1.17, Telegraph 17.1.17, Guardian 17.1.17, Business Insider 17.1.17, Libyan man’s abduction lawsuit against UK government can go to trial FT 17.1.17,  Arab News 18.1.17The National 18.1.17, Bangkot Post 18.1.17, Yorkshire Advertiser 17.1.17, ‘Where does Britain stand on torture today?’ Jack Straw to face illegal rendition charge  The Justice Gap 17.1.17, Daily Mail 17.1.17, BBC News 17.1.17 
IBAHRI concerned by arrest of human rights lawyers in Zambia IBA 30.1.17, Facing Finance 17.1.17, UK Zambians 13.1.17, LSG 12.1.17, Lusaka Times 13.1.17, Creamer Media's Mining Weekly 12.1.17, Mail online 12.1.17, + South African News 13.1.17,  Zambia releases British lawyer working on copper mine claims Hong Kong Standard 12.1.17

Human Rights
Inquest launched into death of Jack Portland from Amersham who 'struggled with drugs and mental health issues' Bucks Free Press 24.1.17
Durham County Council pays compensation to family of Chester-le-Street woman who died after her bed sores became infected The Northern Echo 11.1.17
5 more appalling breaches of trust by healthcare professionals MIMS 22.1.17
Environmental costs rules under attack LSG 11.1.17

Product Liability and Consumer
VW staring down multibillion-pound class action brought by UK motorists Global Legal Post 11.1.17 VW and Freshfields mount defence as British car owners demand £3k each over emissions scandal The Lawyer 9.1.17, Planet Genius 10.1.17,  Engage Customer 13.1.17

Boohoo agency workers ‘sacked for smiling’ claims whistleblower Recruiter 31.1.17 + Channel 4 Dispatches 30.1.17

Public sector pensions back in the frame after judges win ruling City Wire 18.1.17, Employee Benefits 17.1.17The Big Idea 31.1.17, Law Society Gazette 16.1.17. Judges win claim over pension scheme changes BBC News 16.1.17, Guardian 16.1.17, Police Professional 17.1.17, Law.com 17.1.17, CIPD 17.1.17, Personnel Today 17.1.17, The Lawyer 16.1.17, Professional Pensions 17.1.17, NLJ 17.1.17, Lawyer of the week: Shubha Banerjee Times 26.1.17
Are employers allowed to tell staff how to dress for work? Metro 26.1.17
Let's talk about unity, not division Open Democracy 5.1.17
Deliveroo to serve up 300 new jobs Chronicle Live 18.1.17, Belfast Telegraph 18.1.17, Staffing Industry Analysts, Caterlyst 10.1.17, Street Fight 10.1.17, Business Insider UK 9.1.17, FT 9.1.17, Mail online 9.1.17, Reuters 9.1.17, CityAM 9.1.17, HRM Canada 10.1.17, Road.cc 7.1.17.

Personal Injury
ANDREOU v S BOOTH HORROCKS & SONS LTD PSLA: £90,000 Total: £312,441 Lawtel 26.1.17
Brother of BBC boss ‘was paid to spy on asbestos campaign’ Times 29.1.17, News Dog 12.1.17, Anti-asbestos advocate 'betrayed' by filmmaker accused of corporate espionage CBC News 11.1.17The Globe and Mail 10.1.17, The Star 10.1.17
Asbestos – not yet consigned to history Law Careers 17.1.17
The boundaries of liability by Partner Vijay Ganapathy Solicitors Journal 24.1.17

Former British champion Dean Downing receives five-figure sum in damages after hit and run Road.cc 31.1.17
Personal injury discount rate review Law Careers.net 24.1.17
Former NHS worker from Heybridge awarded nearly £1 million compensation for shattered ankle that ruined her life Daily Gazette 31.1.17 + Maldon Standard 31.1.17 

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