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Leigh Day in the news 2017

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 27.3.17. FT 27.3.17, CCH Daily 28.3.17, Employee Benefits 28.3.17, Guardian 27.3.17, London Loves Business 28.3.17, CityAM 27.3.17, The Times 28.3.17, Yahoo 28.3.17, Yahoo 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 28.3.17, This Day 28.3.17, Independent 26.3.17, EnviroNews 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 23.3.17, Upstream 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 7.3.17, iTech Post 7.3.17, Engage 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 17.3.17, SJ 15.3.17, Also on BBW NW lunchtime News 15.3.17, The Blackpool Gazette 15.3.17, Fracking site approval by government based on legal errors, court hears Guardian 15.3.17, The 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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