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Leigh Day in the news 2017

December 2017

Human rights
Partner Richard Meeran Tweet congratulating colleagues on Legal500 public sector law firm win
Human Rights Day letter Sunday Telegraph 10.12.17
Prisoner loses illicit smoking legal battle in Supreme Court BT 19.12.17, Aberdeen Evening Express 19.12.17 + widely in local press, Prisoner loses Supreme Court bid to enforce a smoking ban in jails despite complaints that exposure to 'second-hand' smoke made his health worse Daily Mail 19.12.17, Prisoners light up New Law Journal 19.12.17, Inmate loses jail smoking ban fight at Supreme Court BBC News 19.12.17, 2BR 19.12.17, Smoking ban cannot be enforced in jails, UK supreme court rules Guardian 19.12.17, England: Supreme Court rules smoking ban can not be enforced in prison Scottish Legal News 20.12.17 + Irish Legal News 20.12.17 +  Long Room 20.12.17
Charities awarded maximum costs in case over environmental case costs Litigation Futures 12.12.17, Lawyer of the week: David Wolfe, QC The Times 21.12.17
Lesbian couple win legal battle after being denied IVF treatment that would have been given to same-sex parents Telegraph 13.12.17, Pink News 13.12.17, Times 14.12.17
Decision on Horton High Court challenge could take weeks Banbury Guardian 7.12.17
Holding Uber Accountable: Litigating over Data Hacks Scoop World 4.12.17, Modern Ghana 4.12.17 + Global Research 3.12.17
‘Colette’s death must be investigated’ South London Press 1.12.17
PW and Others v Luton Borough Council [2017] EWHC 3028 (Fam) LexisNexis 5.12.17
Hospital can’t be named in Solicitor Anna Moore’s ‘Charlie Gard’ case Times 6.12.17 

Leigh Day Asbestos Tweets congratulations Partner Daniel Easton and lawyer Kevin Johnson for being speaker/chair of a Liverpool Law Society disease conference

Uber to face stricter EU regulation after ECJ rules it is transport firm Guardian 20.12.17, What The Latest Uber Ruling Means For The App In Britain HuffPost 20.12.17, Exec Review 20.12.17

Modern-day slavery in focus: ‘This is the world’s cheapest place to scrap ships’ – but in Chittagong, it’s people who pay the price Guardian 2.12.17
Chagossian islanders' court case scheduled for May hearing in U.K. Seychelles News Agency 5.12.17 + All Africa 5.12.17
Partner Richard Meeran talks to IRHB'sSalil Tripathi in podcast on Civil Litigation for Grave Abuses

Four Iraqis win damages for unlawful detention and ill-treatment by British forces Sky News 14.12.17, Iraqis win damages for 'ill-treatment' by British soldiers BBC News 14.12.17, Belfast Telegraph 14.12.17 + regional press, Middle East Eye 14.12.17, MoD faces £1m bill for cruelty to Iraqis Times 15.12.17, Victory for Leigh Day as court rules British soldiers breached Geneva conventions The Times 15.12.17, British troops breached Geneva conventions in Iraq, high court rules Guardian 14.12.17, Court finds detained Iraqis unlawfully held by British forces LSG 14.12.17,  Al Bawaba News 14.12.17, BT 14.12.17,  Four Iraqi citizens win £85,000 damages from MoD for ill-treatment and unlawful detention by UK forces during Iraq war - a ruling that could set a precedent for 600 MORE cases Mail online 14.12.17
Reference to Partner Shanta Martin’s case in this article: UK Modern Slavery Act prompts action from poultry companies Poultry World 15.12.17

Product liability and consumer
Angry home buyers plan class-action lawsuit against Bovis Guardian 9.12.17 + Executive Review 9.12.17.
Is our hunger for cheap white goods turning our homes into DEATH TRAPS? Daily Mail 1.12.17
'WE'VE NOWHERE TO GO' Mum faces being homeless just three days before Christmas after her ‘Bush washing machine exploded and set fire to her home’ The Scottish Sun 20.12.17

Clinical negligence

Encephalitis Society tweet announcing the winner of most creative idea for the Accumulator Challenge is Leigh Day Clinical Negligence (captained by Quaam Animashaun) for their cocktail night mojitos

Personal injury
British Lung Foundation thanks Leigh Day for their ongoing support of their mesothelioma research as one of BLF's Mesothelioma Patrons.
GRAHAM DRING (Applicant) & (1) CAPE DISTRIBUTION LTD (2) CAPE INTERMEDIATE HOLDINGS LTD (3) CONCEPT 70 LTD & ORS (4) AVIVA PLC (Interested Parties) (2017) QBD (Master McCloud) 05/12/2017. The court considered the extent to which an organisation which assisted individuals suffering from asbestos-related diseases should be permitted to access documents filed in compromised litigation between the manufacturer of asbestos products and the insurers of companies held liable for the exposure of their employees to asbestos dust. It reviewed the principle of open justice and the scope of its jurisdiction to permit public access to documents disclosed in litigation. Solicitors: For the applicant: Leigh Day For the interested parties: Freshfields
Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research welcomes mum of four Amanda Worne as Ambassador, sponsored by Leigh Day and Total Community Care.
IAN MCVETY v ANDREW BUSHELL (2017) Total Damages: £3,286, PSLA: £2,900
Trial/settlement date: 28/6/2017, Type of Award: Out of Court Settlement
Court: Out of Court Settlement, Age at trial: 49, Age at injury: 48, Sex: Male. The claimant, a 49-year-old man, received £3,286 for the injuries to his neck and fingers he sustained in a road traffic accident in October 2016 and the shock he experienced for five days afterwards. His activities were restricted but all symptoms resolved within seven months from the date of the accident. (LD)

Gold firm whistle-blower who fled Dubai sues Ernst & Young Gulf Times 23.12.17
Whistleblowing DJ vows to fight on at Supreme Court LSG 22.12.17
European court orders Uber to be regulated like taxis Newburgh Gazette 28.12.17, In Landmark Ruling, EU's Top Court Says Uber Is A Transport Service GK Men 22.12.17
Couriers launch legal action against Royal Mail over employment rights Staffing Industry Analysts 13.12.17, Times Brief 13.12.17, Reuters 12.12.17, Interactive Investor 12.12.17, Mail online 12.12.17, Investing.com 12.12.17, 4-traders 12.12.17, Daily Telegraph 13.12.17, Royal Mail to face legal action over holiday pay and minimum wage Employee Benefits 12.12.17, InVezz 12.12.17.
Liana Wood gave an interview to BBC Hereford & Worcester on 12.12.17 about the Royal Mail case.
Police probe 'Christmas delivery schedule pressures' after vans caught doing more than 100mph on A38 and A30 The Herald 21.12.17, Daily Mirror 16.12.17Cambridge News 13.12.17, The Herald 10.12.17, Amazon drivers 'are asked to deliver up to 200 parcels a day for less than the minimum wage and they even have to urinate into bottles to keep pace' Mail online 11.12.17, Mirror 10.12.17.
Deliveroo riders ‘self-employed’ due to flexibility of the job Fleet News 1.12.17
Scourge of bogus self-employment at the RAC Morning Star 2.12.17
William Shu: How I handle fast growth FT 17.12.17

November 2017

Leigh Day winners! 

The Legal 500 UK Firm of the year: Leigh Day - Public Sector
Canon Collins Trust

UK Court of Appeal to hear Nigerian villagers’ pollution claims against Shell Papua New Guinea Mine Watch 21.11.17
British mining firm on trial for crimes against Peruvian campesinos NNN 2.11.17
Anger seethes on margins of historic clean-up in Nigeria's Delta Business Insider 8.11.17, Africa Planet 8.11.17, Anger on the margins of historic clean-up in Nigeria’s Delta Defence Web 9.11.17 + Voice of America
For Unlawful Killings… Africa Mineral/ Shandong in UK Court Salone Today 2.11.17
Vendata court ruling a 'major victory for corporate human rights campaigners' Ethical Corporation 22.11.17
Council settles historic abuse claim with five-figure payout: report Local Government Lawyer 24.11.17
Effective remedy: A grand project or the grandest folly? Live Mint 30.11.17
 Clinical negligence
UKABIF tweet
Note about our support of MASIC event in the MASIC bulletin no. 1
Surgeon investigated over allegations women suffered 'years of severe pain' after operations Independent 26.11.17, NHS trust probing surgeon as women report severe pain after operations Hillingdon Times 25.11.17, BT 25.11.17 + widely in local press.

Personal injury
Supreme Court date for Johnson Matthey staff Times 24.11.17
12 King's Bench Walk tweet
Paramedic, 25, left for dead after being mowed down by drunken carjacker 'driving on wrong side of road' Daily Mirror 15.11.17, NW Evening Mail 15.11.17, Hit-and-run driver who mowed down paramedic left a bottle of whiskey and his driving licence behind Manchester Evening News 15.11.17
Cheating boyfriend who mowed down paramedic cyclist during 100-mile Jack Daniels-fuelled rampage in stolen VW Polo after his girlfriend kicked him out is jailed for nine years Mail online 21.11.17
The private road justice gap NLJ 17.11.17 

ITV Tonight 9.11.17 Harassment: Uncovering the Truth? Partner Kiran Daurka contributor.
Gig economy ruling has Deliveroo riders without rights and buying their own kit Guardian 19.11.17, 45 Deliveroo riders are taking legal action against the company over their employment status Business Insider 2.11.17 + Dot Emirates 2.11.17, Mail online 1.11.17, Reuters 1.11.17, Deliveroo to face legal action over holiday pay and minimum wage Employee benefits 2.11.17, Capital.com 1.11.17, Deliveroo riders are heading to an employment tribunal over workers’ rights in latest gig economy legal test CityAM 1.11.17, Staffing Industry Analysts 2.11.17
Disabled people worry about telling employers of their condition Guardian 6.11.17 + Welfare Weekly 6.11.17 + On Medica 6.11.17
Female employee paid to parade naked in office HR Grapevine 3.11.17.
Gig economy lawyer says Gym Group may have questions to answer over contracts Independent 3.11.17
Equal pay day: What is the gender pay gap like where you are? BBC News 10.11.17
UberEats’ Europe chief quits as business practices face further scrutiny Guardian 30.11.17 + Exec Review 30.11.17, Uber loses appeal against workers’ rights Fleet News 13.11.17, The Herald 13.11.17, BBC News 10.11.17, Financial Tribune 13.11.17, Digital Journal 10.11.17, Business Insider UK 10.11.17, CCH Daily 10.11.17, HuffPost 10.11.17, Verdict 10.11.17, Employee Benefits 10.11.17, UK – Uber loses court appeal over employment rights but will appeal again Staffing Industry Analysts 10.11.17, Fortune 10.11.17, Crystal Umbrella 13.11.17.

Product liability and consumer
Partner Jill Paterson Tweet
Tumble dryer maker's approach to reports of fires was an “obstacle" to saving lives, report finds ITV News 30.11.17, Tumble dryer manufacturer's fire report use of 'considerable concern' - coroner Hexham Courant 30.11.17, Whirlpool tumble dryers and other white goods are named as fire safety 'worst offenders' - causing THREE times as many blazes as next manufacturer Mail online 24.11.17, Whirlpool named ‘worst offender’ for white goods fires in London Guardian 24.11.17, Tumble dryer manufacturer's fire report use of 'considerable concern' - coroner  Times & Star 30.11.17
Ruined, but Johnsons dry cleaner only offered me half the cost of ‘priceless’ wedding dress Guardian 5.11.17

Human rights
UK Uber users and drivers are considering suing over its massive hack Business Insider 30.11.17, GMB demand answers regarding massive Uber data breach Security Buyer 28.11.17 + New Mobility 28.11.17, Latest News Network 23.11.17, Uber could be prosecuted in UK over massive hack of customers' details as users reveal they have been billed in roubles for cab trips in Moscow and St Petersburg Thisismoney 23.11.17, Guardian 22.11.17, Uber data breach could trigger flood of legal claims Times Brief 23.11.17, Mail online 22.11.17, UBER BOSS SACKED OVER HACKER BUNG Daily Mirror 23.11.17, Bucks Free Press 22.11.17 + widely in local press, The Indiana Lawyer 22.11.17, Get US News 22.11.17, Uber reveals cover-up of hack affecting 57M riders, drivers  US Press Forum 22.11.17, Blue Ridge 22.11.17, BT 22.11.17, London Loves Business 23.11.17, The Latest: Law firm says Uber faces legal claims over hack Washington Post 22.11.17
CPRC: no need yet for new privacy rule on costs in environmental cases Litigation Futures 22.11.17
Registered providers: the CQC's human rights approach to regulation National Care Forum 24.11.17
Child abuse survivor reveals horrific treatment at mental health unit being investigated by police Independent 20.11.17
Family of autistic woman killed in traffic accident demand coroner's replacement Guardian 12.11.17
These little-known commercial bodies could run health services. Are they legal? Guardian 7.11.17
Defending press freedom in the UK The Bureau of Investigative Journalism 8.11.17
Value of bombs and missiles licensed to Saudi Arabia by UK has increased by almost 500% since war in Yemen began One World 8.11.17, Huge increase in arms sales to Saudi Arabia since Yemen bombing began Ekklesia 13.11.17, CAAT urges UK to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia ICN 12.11.17
Government seeks new secret court measures in rendition case Ekklesia 1.11.17
Child refugees campaigners plan appeal as High Court rejects numbers challenge Leigh Journal 2.11.17 + widely in local press, Campaigners to appeal after High Court backs Tories on keeping out refugee orphans Morning Star 3.11.17
Child Refugees Will Be Left Sleeping Rough This Winter After High Court Ruling, Charities Say  Buzz Feed News 2.11.17, Legal challenge to cap on Dubs child refugee scheme fails Guardian 2.11.17 Help Refugees hopes to appeal after high court dismisses judicial review application over number allowed to enter UK
High Court to decide on INEOS injunction Energy Voice 1.11.17, Anti-fracking campaigners challenge gas giant’s bid to trample on right to protest Morning Star 1.11.17
Prisoner takes fight against illicit smoking in jails to Supreme Court Leigh Observer 1.11.17
Belhaj rendition case: UK government seeks secret hearing in new court battle Middle East Eye 2.11.17
Partern Rosa Curling

Lawyer in the news: Rosa Curling. Challenging the government over 'Dubs' LSG 13.11.17
CCGs warned policies could break discrimination laws Health Service Journal 9.11.17
Family of autistic woman killed in traffic accident demand coroner's replacement Guardian 12.11.17
ABDULRAHMAN MOHAMMED v HOME OFFICE (2017) QBD (Edward Pepperall QC ) 08/11/2017. The court awarded £78,500 in damages to a Somali man who had been unlawfully detained for a total of 445 days, and criticised the Home Office for rejecting the clear independent evidence that he had previously been tortured. Although he was a foreign citizen who had thoroughly abused the UK's hospitality by committing serious criminal offences, there were few principles more important than that no one should be deprived of their liberty without lawful authority, and he was entitled to compensation.
The High Court in London November 23 upheld Ineos’s injunction against anti-fracking protesters, following a three-day hearing last month. Natural Gas World 23.11.17
Ineos wins extension to injunction against unlawful protests at shale gas sites News & Star 23.11.17, Desmog UK 23.11.17, Celebrity protester to appeal fracking gag ruling  Times Brief 24.11.17, Guardian 23.11.17, 'Draconian' protest injunction extended at Ineos fracking site Morning Star 24.11.17
PW & Ors v Luton Borough Council [2017] EWHC 3028 (Fam) Family Law Week
High Court: 10% part 36 uplift applies to damages plus basic interest Litigation Futures 30.11.17
Solicitor Anna Moore’s case although not named, 'Baby case doctors win privacy fight: Staff treating brain-damaged boy win right to remain anonymous over fear they may be harassed by the public' Mail online 24.11.17

October 2017
Product liability and consumer

Jackie was told her implant was an easy alternative to sterilisation... but the reality was horrifyingly different Daily Mail 30.10.17
Imagine the horror of being told your life saving heart implant has a faulty battery: Two patients tell how internal defibrillator had to be replaced Mail online 24.10.17 + Latest News Network 24.10.17
Grenfell Tower fire victims may receive just $6.8 million in damages between them MSN 26.10.17 + Yahoo News 25.10.17, Mail online 18.10.17, Reuters 18.10.17 + Investing.com 18.10.17 + Eyewitness news
Over 300 patients sue over defective hip replacements Death Rattle Sports 31.10.17, 341 patients in 'defective' hip implant High Court legal fight Daily Mirror 17.10.17, Pioneering claimants take on hip implant manufacturers The Brief 10.10.17, High Court will hear class action against metal-on-metal hip manufacturer BMJ 11.10.17, Metal-on-metal hip implant patients sue manufacturer in 'biggest ever' class action Telegraph 14.10.17, News & Star 14.10.17, Bloomberg 16.10.17, Mass Device 17.10.17, More than 300 patients sue over 'defective' all-metal hip replacements: Court hears implants leave those with them up to 100 times more likely to need further surgery Mail online 17.10.17


Woman holding baby
'I was forced from my job for giving birth' BBC News 3.10.17, Planet Genius 3.10.17, US Story 3.10.17 + Gears of Biz 4.10.17
Used market won’t be flooded in wake of Uber London licence loss Fleet News 18.10.17,  UBER'S UK NIGHTMARE: All the problems facing the ride-hailing app in Britain right now Business Insider 3.10.17,  IT and US 3.10.17,  ET finds drivers are ‘workers’ and not self-employed contractors The HR Director 3.10.17
 Asda equal pay case: The landmark legal battle that could stop women in the UK being paid less than men Independent 10.10.17 + The World News 10.10.17, 10 things you need to know about October 11 Metro 10.10.17
Judge sues over lack of whistleblowing protection Guardian 18.10.17
'Whistleblowing' judge bullied after speaking out about cuts, Appeal Court told The Blackpool Gazette 19.10.17 + Litigation Futures 18.10.17
Sexual harassment 101: What everyone needs to know Guardian 16.10.17, Huff Post 21.10.17
Ryanair pilots to be balloted on group legal action FT 26.10.17
Hospitality And Temporary Workers 'More Likely To Stay Silent Over Sexual Harassment', Experts Warn HuffPost 31.10.17, Today 30.10.17, Bosses should presume guilt over sexual harassment claims Times 30.10.17, Times Brief 30.10.17, Time for a presumption of truth about sexual harassment Times Brief 30.10.17, Sexual harassment at work: a practical guide for victims FT 26.10.17, Sexual harassment: what happens to women who speak out? FT 26.10.17, Half of women sexually harassed at work Economia 25.10.17, Get West London 25.10.17, Leader Live 25.10.17, Leyland Guardian 25.10.17, Metro 25.10.17, Hexham Courant 25.10.17
Tories' illegal tribunal fees will be refunded - but only if you write and ask for your money back Mirror 24.10.17

Human rights

High Court to hear challenge to ‘Draconian’ Ineos injunction Energy Voice 31.10.17, Natural Gas World 30.10.17
Dangerous Whitehaven coal mine plan – CLOSE TO RADIOACTOVE SELLAFIELD SITE! Nuclear News
Campaigner against Haringey Council’s HDV plan feeling ‘quietly confident’ Ham & High 25.10.17 + 4-traders 31.10.17
Elderly Patients in Hospital - Who Cares? File on Four BBCR4 10.10.17 Features interview with Partner Emma Jones
Supreme Court to scrutinise Northern Ireland's 'degrading and humiliating' abortion laws Independent 24.10.17
Prisoners 'set to get the vote' in a move that could enrage Theresa May's own Tory MPs Daily Mirror 29.10.17, BBC News 30.10.17

Personal injury

Screen shot of Tweet: Sally Moore discusses rehabilitation in brain injury claims BANN conference 2017

Get back on the bike after injury Cyclist 16.10.17
Family of man killed by deadly asbestos exposure call on former colleagues for help Manchester Evening News 16.10.17
‘Claim speaking’ Mirror 1.10.17 quoted Partner Clare Campbell. 

UK mining firm in court over claims it mistreated environmental activists Guardian 31.10.17, 4-traders 31.10.17, Business Day 26.10.17, Taipei Times 26.10.17, Tory Party treasurer Sir Mick Davis blamed fatal protests at one of his company’s mines on ‘neo Marxist anti-capitalist agitators’ thisismoney 25.10.17, Filial de Glencore encara juicio por presunto abuso a derechos humanos en Perú America Economia 25.10.17Business Insider 25.10.17, Entorno Inteligente 24.10.17, Peru villagers take Glencore to High Court Mining Journal 25.10.17, 4-traders 25.10.17, Peruvians take Glencore to court over police abuse allegations Mail online 25.10.17, Mining court battle engulfs Tory party Treasurer Mail on Sunday 25.10.17, 4-traders 29.10.17

‘We are the Mau Mau’: Kenyans share stories of torture ieyenews 19.10.17
Partner Richard Meeran speaking in a panel talk
Partner Richard Meeran spoke on Panel 5: Legal liability - 3rd Session of Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations 25.10.17
Zambian villagers win right to sue Vedanta in English courts Reuters 13.10.17, African Planet 13.10.17, Vedanta to fight on after losing appeal over Zambia pollution claim Mining MX 13.10.17, News Click 16.10.17, Zambian villagers win right to sue Vedanta in English courts Mail online 13.10.17
Mining company accused over deadly police crackdown in Sierra Leone Guardian 26.10.17
Ignorant broadcaster ABC is guilty of soft treason The Australian 23.10.17, Police fly to Kabul over SAS ‘killings’ Times 22.10.17 + Mail online 22.10.17
Historic legal case on genetic damage, leukaemia, from nuclear radiation Nuclear News 25.10.17

Clinical negligence

Screen shot of tweet: Cerebra thanking Leigh Day for a feature in recent blog post

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

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

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 27.9.17,  Eurasia 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 27.9.17,  London South East 27.9.17,  Uber appeals UK court case on drivers' rights The Daily Star 28.9.17Arab news 28.9.17,  The 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

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
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 11.7.17,  The 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 

June 2017

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

'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 3.5.17, NewsDog 3.5.17, Morning Star 4.5.17, Evening Express 3.5.17, GMB takes on courier giant Hermes in fresh 'gig-economy' legal action Politics Home 3.5.17, Hastings Observer 3.5.17, ExecReview 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 

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 

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 27.3.17, CCH Daily 28.3.17, Employee Benefits 28.3.17Guardian 27.3.17London Loves Business 28.3.17, CityAM 27.3.17, The Times 28.3.17Yahoo 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 26.3.17EnviroNews 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 23.3.17, 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 15.3.17Also 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 8.7.17, Business Matters 9.2.17 + Bullfax.com 9.2.17, Commercial Fleet 9.2.17, PHC 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 3.2.17, Ghana 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 22.2.17, MSN 22.2.17, Diss Express 23.2.17, Daily 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 11.2.17.Morning Star 11.2.17. Guardian 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 17.1.17,  The 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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