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Leigh Day in the news 2018

March 2018

 
Litigation Tracker: banking and finance cases reign supreme, report reveals the Lawyer 5.3.18
 
Victory for Queen’s University Belfast in LGBT+ moot featuring law student competitors in drag Legal Cheek 8.3.18
 

Product liability and consumer law
 
Second firm eyes multi-million pound student class action over lecturer strikes Litigation Futures 23.3.18
 
London Court Set to Give Go-Ahead to 'Dieselgate' Volkswagen Group Driver Lawsuit News18 31.3.18, Daily Mirror 31.3.18, London court set to give go-ahead to 'dieselgate' lawsuit from 60,000 Volkswagen car owners Telegraph 29.3.18, FT 29.3.18 (subscription required), Mammoth VW case gets off to slow start LSG 28.3.18
Telegraph 26.3.18 + New Zealand Herald 27.3.18, VW emissions claimants head to High Court Claims Media 27.3.18
 

Clinical negligence
 
Baby's death blamed 'neglect' by medical staff BBC News 16.3.18, Manchester Evening News 17.3.18, Wigan Today 16.3.18, Wigan mum finally to get answers over baby son's death Wigan Today 14.3.18
 

Human rights
 
Merry Varney gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on 8.3.18
Merry Varney gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on 8.3.18

‘It shames us to have families go on Twitter and crowdfund representation at inquests’ Legal Voice 13.3.18
 
Campaigners against Poole Hospital A&E closure need more money to fund their legal action Bournemouth Daily Echo 30.3.18
 
Anger over Natural England's plans to remove hen harrier chicks and raise them in captivity Chronicle Live 9.3.18,
 
Campaigners’ efforts pay off as Horton changes to get new hearing Banbury Guardian 15.3.18
 
The new legal ruling which could mean seriously bad news for anyone fighting the 'Bedroom Tax' Daily Post 22.3.18
 
Government will create 'a two-tier data protection system', campaigners warn IT Pro 5.3.18, UK.gov told: Scrap immigration exemption from Data Protection Bill or we'll see you in court The Register 5.3.18, Software Testing News 6.3.18, New Statesman 5.3.18, Yahoo 5.3.18, Iran Daily 5.3.18, Home Office warned over plans to block immigration data access for EU citizens Guardian 5.3.18, UK going through authorized motion over immigration exemption in DP invoice TechFever 5.3.18
 
DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals Politics.co.uk 20.3.18, Tory welfare chief Esther McVey wins key Bedroom Tax court appeal against man with a severely disabled wife Mirror 20.3.18, Welfare Weekly 21.3.18
 
Supreme Court to hear ‘secret’ hearings challenge in Libya ‘rendition’ case Shropshire Star 22.3.18 + East Lothian Courier 22.3.18, AOL 22.3.18, BT.com 22.3.18, Supreme Court hears challenge by torture victims over MI6-backed rendition Scottish Legal News 22.3.18, Ekklesia 22.3.18, Times Brief 23.3.18, Belhaj challenges UK government's demand for secrecy in latest hearing Middle East Eye 22.3.18
 

Employment

DPD’s belated decision shows time is up for gig economy exploitation Wired 27.3.18
 
Britain's Equal Pay Scandal Panorama BBC One 19.30 19.3.18
 
Emma Satyamurti wrote, Encouraging employers to become disability confident for LexisNexis 1.3.18
 
Editors might wear Prada, but interns are still in Primark i Newspaper 12.3.18
 
Jasmine Patel appeared on BBCR4’s You and Yours on 12.3.18, talking about the rights of low paid workers.
 
Leigh Day: the law firm taking on the giants over equal pay Personnel Today 12.3.18,
 
Britain's Equal Pay Scandal: work to do for UK food & drink Grocer 24.3.18
 
Allen & Overy’s gender pay gap is 27% Legal Cheek 12.3.18
 
Morrisons share price: Grocer faces equal pay compensation claim Invezz 5.3.18
Morrisons faces £100m equal pay compensation claim from shop-floor workers Independent 5.3.18, Fresh Produce Journal 5.3.18, Sector 5.3.18, London Loves Business 5.3.18, CityAM 5.3.18, Employee Benefits 5.3.18, Supermarket faces new £100m equal pay claim from shop floor workers People Management 5.3.18, Morrisons joins supermarket sweep of claims for equal pay compensation Times 5.3.18
 
Paula Lee appeared on CCN Today on 8.3.18 at 8:40 talking about equal pay.
 
'Fifty years after we fought for equal pay, it's really sad that we're still talking about it' The Telegraph 8.3.18
 
Why Women (Appear to) Earn Less Than Men in the U.K.: QuickTake Washington Post 2.3.18
 
Tesco : Asda pledges to appoint more women senior managers 4-traders 2.3.18, Top law firm says Tesco could face up to £4 billion fine in gender pay gap row Burton Mail 1.3.18, The Grocer 1.3.18


International
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Leigh Day, justicier toujours plus en déroute des villageois contre Shell Africa Intelligence 6.3.18
 
Vedanta to appeal UK court decision over KCM pollution case Mining MX 27.3.18
 
Legal disputes highlight operating risk in the mining sector The Economist Intelligence Unit 8.3.18
 
Nigeria: Lessons From UK Court's Judgment On Niger Delta Oil Spills All Africa 12.3.18 + Uncova 12.3.18
 
The Emergence of Violent Extremism in Northern Mozambique Africa Center for Strategic Studies 25.3.18
 

Personal injury
 
Tweet by @LeighDay_Travel: Our #TravelLaw expert @HolidayEagle will be featuring on today's #YouandYours programme from 12:15pm on @BBCRadio4 to discuss the importance of access to justice in genuine holiday personal injury claims.
Clare Campbell on BBC Radio 4 8.3.18
Firm hire: Leigh Day  LSG 21.3.18
 
Ware and Waltham Cross workers win 'landmark' Supreme Court case to claim medical compensation from Johnson Matthey despite having no symptoms Hertfordshire Mercury 21.3.18 + widely in local press
 
Supreme Court rules former Johnson Matthey employees entitled to compensation Personnel Today 21.3.18, Employees win ‘landmark’ Supreme Court case over symptomless condition The Impartial Reporter 21.3.18, Mailonline 21.3.18
 
Tweet by @Devereuxlaw: Devereaux's Robert Weir QC and Jonathan Butters will be speaking alongside @BainsHarminder (Chair), @LeighDayDan, and Dr. Robin Rudd, at our upcoming industrial disease seminar on 11.04.18. View the details on our website.

 

February 2018


Leigh Day nominated for best trainer by Law Careers.Net
Leigh Day have been nominated for Best Trainer (Medium City Firm) by Law Careers.Net


International Department

It behoves Kenyans to honour Nottingham’s memory The East African 28.2.18
 
Price on damage of slavery The Colombian Post 15.2.18
 
Shipbreaking in Asia: profit at a price The Shipping Observer 24.1.18
 
DWF to fight Frank Timis's corner once again Africa Intelligence 27.2.18
UK Mining firm accused of rights abuses in Sierra Leone Steel Guru 16.2.18, UK judge to hold historic hearing in Sierra Leone Steel Guru 1.2.18, Landmark case against British mining firm begins in Sierra Leone Guardian 7.2.18, All Africa 16.2.18, South Africa News 15.2.18, Awoko 15.2.18, VOA News 14.2.18.
 
King Okpabi
King Okpabi
 
Shell, N’Delta and oil spill New Telegraph 27.2.18, The Kuwait Times 24.2.18, NVIRO News 16.2.18, Oracle News 18.2.18, Appeal Court Rules Nigerians Cannot Pursue Shell Spill Claim in England Oil and Gas People 16.2.18, 4-traders 15.2.18Court Punch 14.2.18, The Oil & Gas Year 15.2.18, Oil Price 14.2.18, London Court Rules Nigerians Cannot Pursue Shell Spill Claim in England AllAfrica 14.2.18 + This Day 15.2.18, Oil spill: London Appeal Court dismisses Nigerians’ suit against Shell New Telegraph 15.2.18, Reuters 14.2.18, Nigerians cannot pursue Shell spill claim in England, court rules Business Day 14.2.18
 
Gemfields' Mozambique subsidiary denies abuses Legal Brief 19.2.18, Gemfields reveals and denies fresh human rights abuse claims in Mozambique Mining.com 13.2.18, Gemfields Denies Human Rights Abuses in Montepuez All Africa 14.2.18, Uncova 14.2.18, Gemfields transparent, proactive in rebutting rights allegations Environment Guru 12.2.18 + Creamer Media's Mining Weekly 13.2.18Business Day 13.2.18,  Gem miner reveals alleged human rights abuses in Africa Telegraph 10.2.18

 

Clinical Negligence Department

Woman awarded £4.4m after spinal surgery risks not explained  Daily Telegraph 13.2.18.
 
To penalise patients and their families is not the answer APIL 2.2.18
 

Human Rights Department

Legal 500 public sector win
 
Leigh Day features in The Lawyer's Top 20 cases of 2018 - challenging Govt over support for NHS patients infected by contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s.
 
Patient with 'debilitating' illness behind legal challenge to NHS chiefs' cuts plan Bournemouth Daily Echo 24.2.18
 
Esther McVey's department dragging heroic couple who won famous Bedroom Tax victory before courts AGAIN Mirror 22.2.18
 
Immigration charity in legal challenge over G4S detention centres Times Brief 16.2.18
 
JusticeWatch: Behold the ‘majesty’ of our courts… Legal Voice 16.2.18
 
Government faces second judicial review over pupil data collection Schools Week 15.2.18, Local Government Lawyer 16.2.18
 
Environmental campaigners take next step in legal fight against Ineos injunction BT.com 15.2.18, Bailiwick Express 15.2.18, East London Guardian 15.2.18, Environmental campaigners take next step in legal fight against Ineos injunction Daily Mail 15.2.18
 
The HPV backlash: Leading throat cancer charity says it'll sue NHS if it persists in refusal to offer boys as well as girls jab that can prevent killer virus Mail online 11.2.18
 
Universal credit: Government faces High Court action over benefit system after judge orders judicial review Independent 4.2.18 + Guardian 4.2.18
 
CJEU excludes the Western Sahara waters from the fisheries agreement Yabiladi 27.2.18
 
Legal claim against council's decision to back Foxhill plans pursued despite Curo U-turn Bath Chronicle 28.2.18
 
Fracking: the latest from the Court of Appeal Local Government Lawyer 2.2.18
 

Employment & Discrimination Department

Judicial pension appeal dismissed NLJ 1.2.18
 
Couriers carrying blood for NHS win full employment rights Guardian 7.2.18
 
Tesco Branded ‘Sexist’ For Instruction Stickers On trolleys Ladyclick 12.2.18
 
Is Amazon planning to track its employees? Patent is granted for an ultrasonic wristband that can monitor a worker's movements Mail online 1.2.18
 
Paula Lee
Paula Lee
Lawyer in the news: Battling supermarket giant for equal pay LSG 19.2.18
 
Business waits in hope of hiding gender pay gap data FT 17.2.18
 
Paula Lee was on Wake up to Money from 21:45
 
Linda Wong was on BBC Radio5Live on 6.2.18 at 1:05
 
Tesco, Aldi Become First UK Supermarkets To Reveal Gender Pay Gap Details ESM 26.2.18, Poll: 76% think Tesco equal pay case will lead to more claims Employee Benefits 23.2.18, 10 Thousand Couples 22.2.18, Warehouse staff deserve extra pay Evening Standard 15.2.18, Tesco the first supermarket to reveal gender pay gap details Retail Gazette 22.2.18 + Supermarket & Retailer 22.2.18,  Tesco reports 8.7% median gender pay gap  FT 21.2.18, Tesco equal pay fight  Workers' Liberty 14.2.18, Personnel Today 19.2.18, Tesco ‘faces £4 billion equal pay claim’ Jersey Evening Post 21.2.18, Tesco reports gender pay gap of 8.7 per cent saying male workers take more shifts that offer premiums CityAM 21.2.18, Tesco facing UK’s largest ever equal pay claim HR Review 12.2.18, Plymouth Herald 12.2.18, Business World 9.2.18, Croner 9.2.18, Bloomberg 12.2.18, Tesco faces record £4bn equal pay claim Independent 8.2.18, Tesco equal pay claim could cost supermarket up to £4bn Guardian 7.2.18, Telegraph 7.2.18, The Spectator 7.2.18, The Sun 7.2.18, Tesco faces record £4bn equal pay claim BBC News 7.2.18, Daily Mail 9.2.18, The Lawyer 7.2.18,  Tesco could face a bill of £4bn in an equal pay case Ipswich Star 8.2.18 + extensive local press, Tesco facing largest ever UK equal pay claim Channel 4 News 7.2.18,  FactCheck Q&A: the Tesco equal pay dispute Channel 4 News 8.2.18,  Tesco faces record 4 billion pounds equal pay claim Reuters 7.2.18, The Conservative Woman 10.2.18, The Grocer 9.2.18
 

Personal Injury Department

Sarah Wolf APIL accredited
 
Dying woman believes her work in Huddersfield caused asbestos-related cancer The Huddersfield Examiner 1.2.18
 
Police not immune from damages claims if they negligently injure passers-by, Supreme Court rules by David Preston. LexisNexis 8.2.18
 
ALAN HAWKES (AS EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF DORIS HELEN HAWKES, DECEASED) v WARMEX LTD (2018) QBD (Peter Marquand) 08/02/2018.
In obiter remarks, the High Court held that the Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931 did not apply to premises in which asbestos textiles were made into other products. It held that para.ii of the Preamble, which applied the Regulations to "all processes in the manufacture of asbestos textiles, including preparatory and finishing processes", covered the manufacture of asbestos textiles, not the manufacture of products made with those textiles.

 
 

January 2018

Employment
 
Disruptors need worker rules, too Reseller Hosting 9.1.18
 
Copyright, defamation, employment: how tech is disrupting every corner of the law Guardian 3.1.18
 
Focus: Why business isn’t tackling the gender pay gap Evening Standard 17.1.18
 
Harrassment in the workplace
 
Presidents Club party guest backed Theresa May’s Tory leader bid Observer 27.1.18
Presidents Club Scandal Prompts Calls For Change Over Use Of Gagging Orders On 'Vulnerable' Workers HuffPost 25.1.18
 
Equality Act there to protect employees from discrimination and harassment BT.com 24.1.18, Bailiwick Express 24.1.18, Wilshire Business 24.1.18 + widely in local press
 
 
BBC Radio 5 Tweet - Kiran Daurka was live with Adrian Chiles
 
Kiran Daurka discussed equal pay at the BBC with Adrian Chiles on BBC Radio5Live on 26.1.18
 
'It takes balls of steel': fighting UK supermarkets for equal pay Guardian 27.1.18
 
UK government loses appeal over ‘discriminatory’ judicial pensions scheme Scottish Legal News 30.1.18Irish Legal News 30.1.18LSG 29.1.17
 
Abuse
  
Janitor jailed for 19 years for 'terrifying' abuse of schoolboys Devon Live 19.1.18
 
Boarding school janitor, 65, used cigarettes and alcohol to lure boys as young as 12 into his caravan in the 1970s and 80s then sexually assaulted them Mail online 22.1.18

Clinical negligence
 
How does your area rate for medical blunders? Map shows the worst places for misdiagnosis as it’s revealed the NHS has paid over a BILLION pounds in claims in six years Daily Mail 30.1.18, Express Digest 30.1.18
 
Almost 140 men have lost a 'healthy' testicle in six years due to NHS blunders - leading to £3 million being dished out in compensation Daily Mail 26.1.18, Express Digest 27.1.18

International
 
Ship breaking in Asia: profit at a price Asia Times 24.1.18
 
UK judge to hold historic hearing in Sierra Leone Ghana News Agency 30.1.18,
UK mining company faces landmark High Court case over alleged worker abuse in Sierra Leone Independent 29.1.18, The Patriotic Vanguard 28.1.18, African Planet 28.1.18, Times Brief 29.1.18
 
Silicosis trust has awarded quarter of R400m settlement to qualifying former mineworkers Creamer Media's Mining Weekly 10.1.18
 
Top ten developments in international law in 2017 OUP blog 8.1.17 Lungowe v.
Vendata: holding polluters to account in the UK courts
 
Kaloti's African gold shakes up EY in London Africa Intelligence 16.1.18

Human rights
 
How You Can Help 'Help Refugees' Sue The Government Refinery29 27.1.18, Campaigners win right to challenge ruling on Government plans for child refugees BT.com25.1.18
 
HSF client Cuadrilla gets green light to frack in Lancashire The Lawyer 16.1.18
 
Dying gran had 'do not resuscitate' order given by doctors without her or family knowing Mirror 15.1.18
 
London police station closures challenged BBC News 8.1.18, See you in court Sadiq... Mayor challenged over police stations Evening Standard 25.1.18
 
Residents association in judicial review challenge over estate redevelopment Local Government Lawyer 10.1.18, Inside Housing 11.1.18, Residents seek judicial review of Bath estate regeneration Planning Resource 9.1.18, Bath Chronicle 8.1.18, Foxhill residents challenge planning decision on at least three fronts Bath Chronicle 3.1.18
 
Health campaigners launch legal battle over NHS contract Huddersfield Daily Examiner 12.1.18

Product liability and consumer
 
MPs demand action on electrical white goods safety The Guardian 16.1.18 + Fire & Risk Management 16.1.18 + Yahoo Finance 16.1.18, Whirlpool Tumble Dryers Still Pose A Safety Risk To Consumers Consumer & Society 16.1.18
 
What Insurers Need To Know As Driverless Cars Hit UK Roads Law360 17.1.18
 
UK women launch legal action against Bayer over Essure sterilisation device BMJ 22.1.18
 
VW faces UK group legal action over emissions scandal FT 28.1.18
Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW face backlash over diesel fumes animal testing AMonline 30.1.18

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