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Leigh Day in the news 2019

September 2019


END OF THE LINER The deadly boat graveyards where kids as young as EIGHT risk their lives as they are forced to work through the night dismantling British ships The Sun 27.9.19
Kenyans who claim UK drove them from their land seek UN inquiry Guardian 12.9.19 + Kenyan Tribune 12.9.19

Kabwe’s pollution headache is Jubilee’s big opportunity Business Day 17.9.19, Zambia: Toxic Mines Poison Locals Long After Closure Africa News 5.9.19, Human Rights Watch 5.9.19, Business Day 5.9.19

Human rights

Major data breach as gender identity clinic discloses patients’ email addresses Metro 7.9.19 + Herald Publicist 7.9.19, NHS gender identity clinic discloses email contacts of 2,000 patients Guardian 6.9.19
Sikh Federation (UK) granted permission for judicial review hearing on census ethnic tick box option Asian Image 11.9.19

HS2 preparatory works 'threaten destruction of irreplaceable wildlife habitat' Ekklesia 20.9.19, Chris Packham threatens legal action over HS2 ancient woodland clearance ENDS Report 19.9.19
Lawyers call for Government to suspend all existing arms exports to Saudi Arabia Ekklesia 25.9.19 + Green World 23.9.19, Labour in government would halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia, delegates decide unanimously Morning Star 24.9.19

Product liability and consumer    

Investigation into five Cornish deaths linked to faulty cookers Plymouth Live 5.9.19
Coroner links the carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of 11 people to faulty Beko cookers Mail online 6.9.19, POISON GAS Beko ovens linked to FIVE carbon monoxide poisoning deaths – and 7,000 may still have faulty appliances The Scottish Sun 7.9.19
New breast implant cancer scandal: As revealed in the heartbreaking account of this mother — who was forced to tell her son she may die Mail online 9.9.19


Boy, 18, died after eating a grilled Byron chicken burger - now his family demand to know if the meal contained buttermilk that would have triggered his dairy allergies Mail online 8.9.19, Big Hospitality 9.9.19, Metro 13.9.19, Wilts Standard 13.9.19 + widely in local press, Who served the fatal food? Family of schoolboy, 18, who died after eating a Byron chicken burger describe the pain of not knowing what went wrong Mail online 14.9.19, No apology from Byron burger chain over dairy allergy death Times 15.9.19, Sussex teen dies after eating chicken burger at restaurant Spirit FM 13.9.19. Byron burger allergy death: Owen Carey's family demand law change The Argus 16.9.19.
Wild Justice succeeds with challenge to non-native gamebird released Rare Bird Alert 12.9.19

Clinical negligence

KF v THE WALTON CENTRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2019) Total Damages: £2,250,000 PSLA: £100,000 Trial/settlement date: 9/5/2019 Type of Award: Out of Court Settlement Court: Out of Court Settlement Age at trial: 53 Age at injury: 47
Sex: Male. The claimant, a 53-year-old man, received £2,250,000 for the post-operative haematoma he suffered following an operation in May 2013 to assist with his pre-existing spina bifida. He suffered cauda equina, neuropathic pain, incontinence, reduced mobility, sexual dysfunction and fatigue. Stephen Jones of Leigh Day, solicitors for the claimant.

Personal injury 

'Caring, intelligent, with a bright future' - Dad's tribute to 'cherished' daughter, 18, killed in crash outside school Lincolnshire Live 29.9.19 Father backs coroner in calls for greater safety measures outside school at Welbourn where 18-year-old student died crossing the road Sleaford Standard 26.9.19


Betfred failed to pay staff extra holiday wages for overtime work Guardian 16.9.19, Personnel Today 16.9.19, Betfred underpaid staff for overtime work ShareCast 16.9.19

PS pensions fight expands PSNews 9.9.19, Teacher pension contribution increase takes effect Pensions Age 2.9.19
Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4 4.9.19 As BBC journalist Carrie Gracie prepares to release her new book, Equal, about her yearlong battle for equal pay, we discuss the impact this case has had on equal pay for all. Have these high-profile cases inspired employees, employers and policymakers to take action? Sam Smethers from the Fawcett Society, Charles Cotton from the CIPD and Paula Lee from Leigh Day Solicitors join Jenni.

August 2019


More child arsenic cases found in former French mining town Terra Daily 28.8.19, Anglo American faces lawsuit for poisoning Zambia's Kabwe town African Mining Market 27.8.19, Daily Nation 24.8.19, The Zambian Observer 25.8.19, Anglo passes lead-poisoning charges on to Zambian government Channel Africa 26.8.19, City Press 27.8.19. Zambia Reports 27.8.19, Business Maverick 23.8.9, RFI 23.8.19, Bid to clean Africa’s most toxic town Mail & Guardian 23.8.19, Anglo denies responsibility for Zambia lead mine poisoning as attorneys line up class action Mining MX 23.8.19, Business Day 23.8.19, Creamer Media's Mining Weekly 23.8.19, Business Maverick 23.8.19, HRW Medical Express 23.8.19, Zambian victims to file class action lawsuit against Anglo American South Africa over suffering caused by lead poisoning Business Human Rights 30.8.19.

Human rights

Home Office faces legal battle over Prevent reviewer Guardian 29.8.19
Sean Humber was interviewed on In Touch BBC Radio 4 13.8.19 in a programme called Where's my pizza? Talking about websites and accessibility.

Tories licensed £6.3 billion worth of arms to Saudi-led forces in first 4 years of Yemen bombing The London Economic 21.8.19
Universal Credit payments could change as DWP faces landmark legal challenge Coventry Live 12.8.19, Nottinghamshire Live 12.8.19, Somerset Live 11.8.19, Gloucestershire live 11.8.19, Universal Credit could be changing amid claims DWP is not paying enough Bristol Live 10.8.19, Liverpool Echo 7.8.19, Disabled duo who lost out through universal credit set for third DWP court action Disability News Service 8.8.19, Express 8.8.19, Get Reading 7.8.19, Somerset Live 7.8.19, Birmingham Live 7.8.19.

Product liability and consumer     

Women take legal action over breast implant cancer link BBC News 16.8.19, Twenty British women who developed a rare form of cancer linked to their breast implants launch legal action against surgeons and manufacturers Mail online 16.8.19


Law firm targets ‘short-changed’ doctors, teachers and police officers Pensions Expert 30.8.19, Personnel Today 29.8.19, Law360 28.8.19, NHS pensions: law firm invites doctors forced to join 2015 scheme to join claim against government BMJ 28.8.19, Ekklesia 28.8.19, Retail Sector 28.8.19, Guardian 27.8.19, Employee Benefit 27.8.19, Pensions Age 27.8.19, Doctors and teachers to bring age discrimination claims to tribunal over pension changes People Management 27.8.19, Money Marketing 27.8.19, TES 27.8.19, Ekklesia 28.7.19
Pre-Brexit application to European Court of Justice in equal pay case Ekklesia 26.8.19, Personnel Today 28.8.19 Tesco workers call on EU court for equal pay clarity Retail Gazette 17.8.19
Asda equal pay case goes to the Supreme Court Retail Gazette 2.8.19, Supreme court to hear Asda equal pay case Yahoo Finance 2.8.19, Asda equal pay case heads to the Supreme Court Personnel Today 1.8.19, Asda takes equal pay dispute to Supreme Court Times 2.8.19

July 2019


Nigerian Villagers Will Take on Shell in Supreme Court Show-down Portside 30.7.19, Head Topics 24.7.19, Energy Reporters 26.7.19, Nigerians Pursue Shell Spill Case in the UK Asian Oil and Gas 24.7.19, Energy Mix Report 25.7.19, UK Supreme Court grants permission to appeal to Nigerian communities affected by pollution from Shell Business & Human Rights Resource Centre 24.7.19, Haaretz 24.7.19 + BizWatch Nigeria 25.7.19, Channel Africa 24.7.19, Business Day 24.7.19
Nigerian News 24.7.19, Naija 247 News 25.7.19, Supreme Court to hear Nigerian villagers’ battle with Shell Times 25.7.19, Reuters 24.7.19, Royal Dutch Shell plc 24.7.19

218 Former Unilever Workers Headed To UK Supreme Court Seeking Compensation Over 2007/8 PEV Kahwatungu 18.7.19, Kenyans lodge appeal with UK Supreme Court in Unilever negligence case Modern Ghana 10.7.19 + Yahoo News 10.7.19, RFI 10.7.19, All Africa 10.7.19, Media Max Network 12.7.19

Human rights

UK decision to deny EU citizens access to data challenged in court Guardian 23.7.19
Sato blog 23.7.19, Computer Weekly 23.7.19, Daily Mail 23.7.19
CHEM Trust Issues Judicial Review Pre-Action Protocol Letter To Government For Post-Brexit Chemicals Legislation The National Law Review 27.7.19
Court of Appeal to hear application for further challenge to Heathrow expansion Ekklesia 24.7.19, Ecologist 23.7.19

Channel 4 15.7.19 with Tessa Gregory + baby Uma

Refugees living on British military base in Cyprus allowed to settle in UK Channel 4 News 15.7.19

Fact checker: Did Natural England ‘drag out’ its response to a legal challenge? ENDS Report 26.7.19, Natural England rejects claims it ‘dragged out’ bird-kill licence withdrawal ENDS Report 19.7.19, The Poultry Site 22.7.19, Ekklesia 19.7.19, Rare Bird Alert 18.7.19, Natural England ‘dragged out’ its response to bird-kill challenge, lawyers allege ENDS Report 16.7.19
High Court hears universal credit minimum income floor case Ekklesia 18.7.19. HuffPost 17.7.19
Paralysed man Paul Lamb applies to High Court to change assisted dying law Politics.co.uk 5.7.19, Yorkshire Evening Post 4.7.19, Guardian 5.7.19, Metro 7.7.19
Yorkshire Post 5.7.19
UK: ‘Bedroom tax’ case to be heard at Supreme Court Scottish Housing News 2.7.19
Supreme Court to hear ‘bedroom tax’ dispute over ability to disapply regulations to avoid human rights breaches Local Government Lawyer 2.7.19
Legal aid system in crisis, 70 years since launch – campaigners Times & Star 30.7.19 + widely, ITV News 30.7.19

Product liability and consumer                  

Leigh Day begins action over breast implant linked to cancer Litigation Futures 2.7.19, Two women given scandal-hit textured breast implants call for them to be BANNED after one developed a deadly cancer and the other was left in agony Mailonline 8.7.19

Personal injury 

A David and Goliath fight could change everything for the families of people killed by deadly asbestos Manchester Evening News 30.7.19, Times 30.7.19, Ekklesia 30.7.19, LSG 29.7.19, Clyde & Co 31.7.19, Irish Legal News 29.7.19, Supreme Court backs public access to court documents Litigation Futures 29.7.19

Lawyer calls for new legislation to restrict UK- based asbestos trade Ekklesia 23.7.19


Govt confirms landmark court ruling will apply to all public sector schemes Pensions Age 16.7.19, UK Supreme Court ruling set to boost pensions for 4m public servants Global Government Forum 3.7.19, Government loses pension case PS News 8.7.19

June 2019


Saudi comedian 'attacked by Khashoggi suspect and had phone hacked in London' Mirror 14.6.19

New European nations nabbed in slave trade New York Amsterdam News 20.6.19 + Caribbean Life 14.6.19, Caribbean gets involved in congressional reparations fight New York Amsterdam News 27.6.19

Human rights

Rosa Curling outside RCJ
Rosa Curling outside RCJ 20.6.19

UK Government broke law over Saudi arms sales, court finds Common Space 20.6.19, Court of Appeal finds Government broke law over Saudi Arabia arms sales Independent Catholic News 20.6.19, Britain acted unlawfully on Saudi arms exports, court rules The London Economic 20.6.19, Morning Star 20.6.19
Court rules UK arms exports to Saudi unlawful Middle East Monitor 20.6.19, Independent 20.6.19, Catholic News 20.6.19, UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia dealt landmark defeat in Court of Appeal Mirror 20.6.19, The Ferret 20.6.19, Bloomberg 20.6.19, Britain broke the law on Saudi arms exports due to Yemen concerns, court rules Reuters 20.6.19, Ekklesia 20.6.19, Ekklesia 19.6.19, ‘The Saudis couldn’t do it without us’: the UK’s true role in Yemen’s deadly war Guardian 18.6.19
UK Sikh Group Considers Legal Action After Britain Failed To Put Ethnicity Tick Box In Census Link 18.6.19, Law and Religion round-up 2.6.19,
CILEx reveals finalists for National Awards 2019 CILEX 20.6.19 Erin Alcock is shortlisted in the Learner of the Year category

Gove’s “green Brexit” promises challenged Diver net 24.6.19, Agro Pages 24.6.19, Environmental groups launch High Court challenge to Brexit regulation over wildlife risk Ekklesia 23.6.19, ENDS Report 21.6.19, High Court challenge to Brexit regulation over wildlife risk All at Sea 21.6.19, Independent 21.6.19, Edie.net 21.6.19, ENDS 13.6.19, NGO threatens to sue UK government over reduced post-Brexit oversight Chemical Watch 13.6.19
Campaigners challenge secret Brexit trade talks Ecologist 14.6.19
Benjamin Burrows contributed to Radio 4's In Touch programme 11.6.19, Blind prisoners compensation for discrimination at 10:30
EU Plan to Burn Wood Instead of Coal Threatens Forests Court House Rules 5.6.19
Judicial review bid over 740-home development Dorset Echo 18.6.19

Product liability & consumer

New law toughens food allergen labelling Food Safety News 26.6.19, MIV interviewed London Live 25.6.19, United Kingdom introduces Natasha's Law to protect people with food allergies Graffio Tech 27.6.19
Breast surgery scandal: Experts ignored proof of implant cancer risk Express 30.6.19 + Newslive 30.6.19, Britain's breast implant scandal: Channel 4 Dispatches 24.6.19
The danger in our homes? BBC 13.6.19
Potential High Court battle for cladding leaseholders Fire & Risk Management 12.6.19

London Fire Survivors Sue in Unlikely Place: Philadelphia Court New York Times 11.6.19, Leaseholders gear up for potential High Court battle over ACM-clad London blocks Inside Housing 7.6.19, Building regulator to oversee safety after Grenfell tragedy FT 6.6.19, Insurance Business 7.6.19

Personal injury

White asbestos legal case Mesothelioma Matters Summer 2019 (page 4)


Landmark public sector pension ruling confirmed Personnel Today 28.6.19, Supreme Court refuses government’s appeal in judges’ pensions discrimination case Employee Benefits 28.6.19, Government loses bid to take judges' pension dispute to Supreme Court LSG 27.6.19.
Women fight for equal pay at supermarkets FT 16.6.19
Sainsbury’s fails to get equal pay claim struck out Personnel Today 11.6.19
Employee Benefits 11.6.19, Sainsbury’s fails to get Equal Pay claims struck out Retail Sector 11.6.19
NDAs: Government must end cover-up culture over discrimination and harassment cases The Women and Equalities Committee 11.6.19 (Kiran is quoted in the report)
Judge fighting for whistleblowing rights heads to Supreme Court LSG 4.6.19
Court hands ‘massive equal rights victory’ to care staff Morning Star 7.6.19, Equal rights victory as court gives clarity in battle to show carers’ jobs are equal to male maintenance worker GMB 6.6.19

Clinical negligence

Claimant awarded 10% after narrowly beating Part 36 costs offer LSG 25.6.19

May 2019


Advocacia Garcez adds Motley Rice LLC and Leigh Day as consultants in Brumadinho dam disaster litigation  Oil & Gas 360 29.5.19, Fox34.com + Yahoo Finance 30.5.19


Saudi Arabia accused of hacking UK-based dissident Al Jazeera 29.5.19, Dissident takes legal action against Saudi government over spyware claim Channel 4 28.5.19 Spyware developed in Israel used by Saudis to hack London-based dissident Middle East Monitor 29.5.19, Legal case launched against Saudi Arabia for alleged use of spyware to target dissident Ekklesia 30.5.19, A Saudi Threatens to Sue Government for Phone Tapping Al Bawaba News 29.5.19, Human rights activist launches legal claim against Saudi Arabia for ‘hacking phone’ in UK Independent 29.5.19, Saudi Arabia hacks London-based dissident Ghanem al-Dosari with Israeli spyware The New Arab 29.5.19, Saudi Arabia accused of hacking London-based dissident Guardian 28.5.19, Another Saudi dissident says Gulf kingdom hacked his phone with spyware Middle East Eye 28.5.19

Human rights


Lawyer in the news: Sean Humber Law Society Gazette 20.5.19
Court rules voting provision for blind people is 'unlawful' LocalGov 7.5.19, Successful legal challenge to voting provisions for blind and partially sighted people Ekklesia 7.5.19, Court decision prompts calls for new voting tech for blind people UK Authority 7.5.19, Successful legal challenge to Government's voting provisions Able 3.5.19, Voting device to help blind people is unlawful, High Court rules Independent 3.5.19, Arrangements for helping blind voters unlawful, High Court rules Wilts Standard 3.5.19, Mail online 3.5.19, BT.com 3.5.19, Arrangements for helping blind voters unlawful, High Court rules Largs & Millport Weekly 3.5.19 + widely in local press.

British Sikh group to sue govt for rejecting ethnicity tick box in 2021 census Devdiscourse 29.5.19, UK Sikh group considers legal action over no ethnicity tick box in census Eastern Eye 30.5.19, Government challenged over lack of tick-box for Sikh ethnic group in Census 2021 proposals Local Government Lawyer 29.5.19, Sikh Federation UK Considers Legal Action Over No Ethnicity Tick Box In Census Darpan 29.5.19, Sikhs challenge ministers over plans for next census Times 29.5.19
Sikh community starts legal action against UK government over next census The Times of India 28.5.19, Sikhs launch legal challenge over census Research Live 29.5.19, ONS faces legal challenge over refusal to include Sikh ethnicity box in census Scottish Legal News 29.5.19

Leeds man paralysed in car crash almost 30 years ago in new fight to change law on assisted dying Yorkshire Evening Post 8.5.19, Metro 8.5.19, Paralysed Man Set To Bring New Legal Challenge On Assisted Dying Rights Info 7.5.19, Paralysed ex-builder pledges new legal fight for assisted dying law change Gazette & Herald 7.5.19 + widely in local press, AOL 7.5.19, Politics 7.5.19, Man paralysed for almost 30 years renews right to die claim Times 8.5.19

Judicial Review application made to High Court into hyper-acute stroke unit decision The Isle of Thanet News 14.5.19
Kent NHS campaign group launches stroke services legal challenge The Isle of Thanet News 14.5.19

Product liability

Food outlets ‘should list all ingredients’ says food agency BBC News 8.5.19, Pret A Manger to label all ingredients after allergy deaths Chronicle Live 2.5.19, Pret A Manger rolls out HUGE menu shake-up TODAY - what's changing? Birmingham Live 2.5.19, Pret A Manger begins roll-out of labels listing full ingredients AOL 1.5.19, Leigh Journal 2.5.19, Pret A Manger starts listing full ingredients after two allergy deaths iNews 2.5.19


Legal challenge to government over disabled people who have lost out on Universal Credit Ekkleisa 20.5.19, Fight for compensation launched for people with disabilities who have lost out to Universal Credit Able Magazine 17.5.19. Universal Credit: Disabled claimants planning to fight DWP in court for cash Mirror 16.5.19
Asda workers are returning to court Law Careers 16.5.19, With potentially huge Asda equal pay claim back in court, forget talk of a flotation Independent 15.5.19, GMB Union’s Battle For Asda Workers’ Equal Pay Returns Lawyer Monthly 15.5.19, Employment Tribunal hears second stage of UK’s largest equal pay claim Ekklesia 13.5.19

Regulatory and disciplinary

 Is the fitness to practise regime fit for purpose? LSG 2.5.19, Revising legal services regulation: threat or promise? by Emma Walker Solicitors Journal 2.5.19

Personal injury 

Family of Hackney Power Station worker who died of asbestosis appeal for colleagues to speak out Hackney Gazette 23.5.19

British Cycling has today announced that the organisation has reached the 150,000 members milestone for the first time British Cycling 7.5.19, Bike Biz 8.5.19, Cycling Industry News 7.5.19

April 2019


Former tobacco salesman, 57, has inoperable lung cancer and plans to sue his ex-employer BrinkWire 25.4.19, Personnel Today 25.4.19, The Dundee Messenger 25.4.19, Market Screener 25.4.19, Tobacco salesman given free cigarettes considers legal bid after cancer battle Chronicle Live 25.4.19, Tobacco Salesman Given 1,200 Free Cigarettes A Month Could Sue Over Inoperable Lung Cancer HuffPost 25.4.19, Tobacco salesman given free cigarettes considers legal bid after cancer battle Manchester Evening News 25.4.19, Tobacco salesman given 1,200 free cigarettes a month has inoperable lung cancer ITV News 25.4.19, Tobacco salesman given free cigarettes considers legal bid after cancer battle Birmingham Live 25.4.19, Bristol Live 25.4.19. Examiner Live 25.4.19, Metro 25.4.19. Tobacco salesman given 1,200 free cigarettes a month has inoperable lung cancer Independent 25.4.19. BAT Could Face Legal Action After Giving Salesman 1,200 Free Cigarettes a Month Bloomberg 25.4.19
Shell To Face Litigation Over Fresh Spill In Ogoni Independent Nigeria 7.4.19
Chicken catchers win modern slavery case CIPS 12.4.19, Kent chicken catcher bosses exploited Lithuanian workers BBC News 10.4.19, Mary Westmacott was interviewed on BBC Radio Kent on 9.4.19, and spoke to BBC South East Today on 10.4.19 at 15:50, Darrell Houghton and Jackie Judge must pay exploited chicken-catchers for breach of contract Kent online 10.4.19, Lithuanian workers win exploitation case against Kent gangmasters Guardian 11.4.19, Times 9.4.19, Ekklesia 9.4.19, Poultry News 9.4.19, Thomson Reuters 8.4.19, Sight 9.4.19
Claimants Inch Closer to Compensation By UK’ S Vedanta African Mining Brief 22.4.19, Over 2,000 Zambia villagers win second round against UK's Vendata Kenya 24 News 18.4.19, Zambia claimants inch closer to compensation by UK' s Vedanta The East African 18.4.19, Ruling extends powers of UK courts over foreign offences Public Finance International 15.4.19, Environment Analyst 12.4.19, Zambia Reports 12.4.19, British Court Rules Trial of KCM Pollution Case Can Go Ahead In UK Open Zambia 12.4.19, Zambian villagers win right to sue Vedanta subsidiary in UK New Indian Express 10.4.19, African Daily Voice 11.4.19, CityAM 10.4.19, KLFM 10.4.19
Zambians can sue mining giant in Britain, rules Supreme Court Times 11.4.19, Telegraph 10.4.19, Exec Review 10.4.19, Club of Mozambique 10.4.19, Finanzen 10.4.19, Zambian farmers allowed to sue Vedanta in UK The Hindu Business Line 10.4.19, Ghana Web 10.4.19, Mining.com 10.4.19, Eastern Mirror 10.4.19, Republish 11.4.19,Creamer Media's Mining Weekly 9.4.19, Reuters 10.4.19

UK court ruling on Vedanta a reminder to mining firms of “duty of care”, says Leigh Day MiningMX 10.4.19, London South East 10.4.19, Court rules Zambians can seek compensation for pollution BBC News 10.4.19, Oliver Holland was interviewed on BBC World TV Focus on Africa programme at 6.30pm 10.4.19 at 6:50, UK Supreme Court rules Zambians can sue miner Vedanta FT 10.4.19, Guardian 10.4.19, Sky News 10.4.19, Lusaka Times 10.4.19, VEDANTA RESOURCES PLC & ANOR v LUNGOWE & ORS (2019) SC (Lady Hale PSC, Lord Wilson JSC, Lord Hodge JSC, Lady Black JSC, Lord Briggs JSC) 10/04/2019.
End Bahrain’s persecution of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei and his family Guardian (letters) 11.4.19

Human rights

Unfair Windrush payouts will lead to lawsuits, warn lawyers Times 5.4.19, Windrush victims will finally receive compensation – but payouts will be ‘surprisingly low’, campaigners warn Independent 3.4.19, Independent 2.4.19, Rights of passage LSG 1.4.19

New Cross father of autistic daughter may sue over her care after she was killed by a lorry London News 5.4.19, Autism – Where does one begin: Andy and Amanda McCulloch share their daughters story with Anna Kennedy OBE London Post 17.4.19
Government breached prisoners’ human rights by not allowing them to vote Ekklesia 13.4.19, ECtHR rules again that UK’s prisoner voting ban is unlawful Scottish Legal News 15.4.19
Court of Appeal to consider legality of UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia Independent Catholic News 8.4.19, The Canary 9.4.19, Ekklesia 8.4.19, Campaigners head to court to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia Observer 6.4.19
Molly Russell: U-turn over legal aid for inquest Hanahan Herald 4.4.19
Parents take legal advice on academisation of school East London Guardian 2.4.19
Anti-fracking campaigners win right to protest Bolton News 4.4.19 + thisislancashire 4.4.19
Campaigners given fresh hope as MP calls for mine plans to be called in Times and Star 1.4.19
Senior MP calls for ban on paid McKenzie Friends after High Court judgment Law Careers 3.4.19
True Visions Productions fined £120,000 for secretly filming expecting mums TEISS 12.4.19
Health services campaign group launches legal proceedings over NHS hyper-acute stroke unit plans The Isle of Thanet News 21.4.19

General licence: Natural England forced to revoke General Licences Bird Guides 24.4.19

Product liability


Lawyers line up for two-year inquiry into blood transfusion scandal LSG 30.4.19, Infected blood inquiry judge calls for more testing for hepatitis C Guardian 30.4.19, Contaminated blood scandal: St Neots man - whose father was infected with AIDS - wants “right result” from inquiry The Hunts Post 30.4.19, Extra cash for victims of contaminated blood scandal Times 30.4.19, Infected blood victims call for more mass screening for hepatitis C Guardian 30.4.19, These Women Accidentally Discovered They Were Given Infected Blood - Now They Want A New Test On The NHS Huff Post 30.4.19, Ekklesia 22.4.19, Contaminated blood scandal: solicitors for victims call for hepatitis C screening programme in England and Wales BMJ 19.4.19
My oven door shattered and Neff will not pay for the repair Guardian 30.4.19


Amazon's automated employee-tracking system can FIRE workers based on productivity without ever consulting a human Mail online 26.4.19
Victims of workplace bullying are still let down by poor management FT 18.4.19, When victims of workplace bullying are let down by their bosses Today 24.4.19

Personal injury


Test to escape fixed costs in ex-portal cases is “high bar” Litigation Futures 23.4.19 The claimant’s claim, handled by Leigh Day, was initially run through the portal, and liability was admitted.

Clinical negligence

NHS Forced To Pay £3m Compensation After Removing Wrong Testicle From Patients Ladbible 2.4.19
COSTLY COMPO Sick patients discharged too early from hospital are given £20m in compensation from NHS chiefs The Sun 21.4.19


March 2019


Gemfields gains 3% on Friday after plummeting on export duty news SAfrica 25.3.19, Gemfields confirms $60m full-year loss Creamer Media's Mining Weekly 25.3.19, TXF 25.3.19, Gemfields gains 3% on Friday after plummeting on export duty news IOL 25.3.19, Gemfields Saw $60M Loss in 2018 Diamonds.net 26.3.19, Gemfields : shares continue to lose ground on the JSE Market Screener 26.3.19

Human Rights

Hackney licensing campaigners won't give up without a fight Morning Advertiser 27.3.19
Update: Molly Russell family granted legal aid for inquest on appeal LSG 12.3.19
Telegraph 12.3.19,Mail online 13.3.19, Molly Russell’s family granted legal aid for inquest after appeal AOL 12.3.19, BBC News 12.3.19, LEGAL FUND U-TURN Molly Russell’s family to receive funds for suicide inquest after legal aid chiefs make embarrassing U-turn The Sun 13.3.19, Molly Russell’s family granted legal aid for inquest after appeal Express & Star 12.3.19
Court of Appeal to hear campaigners’ case against Horton downgrade consultation Banbury Guardian 13.3.19
UK Government 'right to rent' scheme breaches human rights laws The National 1.3.19

Government’s provisions for blind voters to be challenged in the High Court Able 6.3.19

Fracking: Government guidance 'unlawful' rules High Court BBC News 6.3.19, Ekklesia 7.3.19, Government fracking policy declared unlawful by High Court Independent 6.3.19, Times 7.3.19, Global Citizen 6.3.19, Morning Star 6.3.19

New UK Government guidance on fracking rejected Energy Voice 6.3.19, Anti-fracking campaigners dig in over injunction that ‘silences protest’ The Times 6.3.19

Man from Witham challenges voter ID trials Heart 7.3.19, Government’s voter ID plans to face High Court legal challenge after crowdfunding campaign Independent 7.3.19, ‘Dangerous’ plan could discourage people from voting, campaigner claims East Anglian Daily Times 7.3.19

Mum living on £8.98 a month CAN take Universal Credit fight to High Court Liverpool Echo 7.3.19, + widely in local press, Armed Post 7.3.19, Universal Credit: Mum left with £8.98 wins permission to fight DWP in High Court Mirror 7.3.19, Freelance UK 8.3.19, COURT FIGHT Mum on Universal Credit leads legal challenge to change rules which take cash from 400,000 self-employed Brits The Sun 7.3.19

Judicial review of Heathrow airport third runway decision begins Guardian 11.3.19, Ekklesia 11.3.19

Springwatch to crimewatch: How Chris Packham plans to take on the nature regulators ENDS Report 14.3.19
Wild Justice challenges Natural England's licences that allow bird killing Ekklesia 25.3.19
Chris Packham group seeks ban on shooting pigeons and crows Farmers Weekly 22.3.19
Human rights fury as UK licenses £75m of spyware exports Guardian 17.3.19
Legal aide who gave bad advice to pay £260,000 Times 18.3.19, Unqualified legal adviser to pay £337,000 in negligence ruling LSG 18.3.19, Unregulated adviser held to same standard as qualified lawyer Legal Futures 18.3.19, Fresh call for McKenzie friends ban LSG 25.3.19

Inquest finds multiple failures in care of autistic woman Ekklesia 22.3.19, Multiple failures in care of autistic woman hit by lorry, inquest finds Guardian 21.3.19

Product liability

Court of Appeal discharges injunction banning firm from VW group case LSG 6.3.19, Pre-trial hearing to consider ‘defeat device’ in VW group action case LSG 7.3.19.
Women with Allergan breast implants may sue over cancer link Guardian 10.3.19, Women ponder litigation over Allergan breast implants link to rare cancer Medical Brief 13.3.19


Equal pay disputes: what does latest ruling mean for retailers? Grocer 2.3.19
Commonwealth: Tribunal Rules Against Secretariat – Again Plus Company Updates 21.3.19

Personal injury

How working as a joiner caused a devoted dad's death - and left him terrified for his family's lives Manchester Evening News 24.3.19
Asbestos cases rise among hospital staff and teachers Times 9.3.19
US court awards $29 million damages for asbestos-related cancer allegedly caused by talcum powder Ekklesia 15.3.19

Clinical negligence

Revealed: NHS has had to pay out more than £3million after blunders saw a number of men have the WRONG testicle removed Mail online 31.3.19, NHS balls-up after more than £3million paid out on removing the WRONG testicles Daily Star 30.3.19, NHS forced to pay out more than £3m after numerous men have WRONG testicle removed The Sun 31.3.19
NHS Resolution data dive and mediation dominate discussion at Clinical Negligence Debate Claims Media 4.3.19



February 2019

Clinical negligence

Lawyer representing family of 49-year-old who died claims health system 'is broken' The Leader 14.2.19

Julia Spindler Tweet

Suzanne White spoke about fixed costs at the Clinical Negligence Debate 2019 run by Claims Media. 


Family of autistic child calls for tighter regulation of specialist schools Ekklesia 3.2.19
Improving global protection for children against sexual abuse by Alison Millar LexisNexis 5.2.19
Sex assault pupils remain in schools with their victims Times 23.2.19

Human rights

Britain found to be illegally occupying Chagos Islands The Irish Times 25.2.19, Britain should 'rapidly' give Chagos Islands back to Mauritius, UN court says ITV News 25.22.19, Witney Gazette 25.2.19 + widely in local press, UN Court Tells Britain To Give Chagos Islands Back To Mauritius Forces Network 25.2.19, Future of controversial US military base Diego Garcia hangs in the balance after UN rules the Indian Ocean archipelago was illegally seized in the 1960s by Britain and should give be given back to Mauritius Mail online 26.2.19, Mail online 26.2.19. Chagos islanders to appeal against High Court decision Seychelles Nation 19.2.19
‘We are coming for you’ - Springwatch host Packham pledges to fight crimes against wildlife East Anglian Daily Times 15.2.19

BBO Wildlife Trust tweet

Police pay damages to woman over botched sex abuse investigation Leicestershire Live 9.2.19, Derbyshire Live 13.2.19
Lawyer in the news: Merry Varney LSG 11.2.19
Leigh Day life on benefits tweet
Life on Benefits: Universal Credit? ITV 7.2.19 + programme site.
Supreme Court to hear case on the powers of social security tribunals Ekklesia 21.2.19


Ex-Goldman Analyst Says He Faced Discrimination For ADHD law 360 14.2.19
Equal pay claims lodged against Morrisons The Business Desk 14.2.19, Personnel Today 14.2.19, Chronicle Live 14.2.19, Morrison’s faces fresh claim on equal pay from store staff FT 14.2.19, Morrisons workers to take supermarket to court in latest equal pay row Mirror 13.2.19, Independent 14.2.19, Law firm announces preparations for equal pay dispute cases against Morrisons Worcester News 13.2.19
How to fix non-disclosure agreements FT 14.2.19
Asda staff equity pay case win could cost UK supermarket sector £8bn Global Payroll Association 5.2.19, The Retail Bulletin 1.2.19, UK supermarket Asda loses latest round of equal pay case Oman Observer 1.2.19, Derbyshire Live 1.2.19, HR Magazine 1.2.19, Asda workers win court of appeal hearing Food Magazine 1.2.19, People Management 1.2.19, Big four face huge bill as Asda staff win ruling on equal pay The Times 1.2.19
Workers slam parcel giant's new points-based disciplinary system brought in after courier died Daily Record 17.2.19


High Court to hear modern slavery claims on behalf of Lithuanian workers Ekklesia 18.2.19
Gruesome Torture Of African Villagers For ‘Blood Rubies’ Worn By Stars The Chronicle 21.2.19Market Screener 15.2.19, The Zambian farmers who are suing a mining company in a British court Africa is a Country 15.2.19, Muted victory for Leigh Day over Gemfields rubies Africa Intelligence 5.2.19 (subscription only), Gemfields to compensate Mozambique miners over ruby ‘abuse’ Business Day 1.2.19

January 2019 


Gemfields heads off expensive legal fracas with Montepuez community in £5.8m deal Mining MX 29.1.19, Business Report 30.1.19, Gemfields to pay $7.8m to settle human rights abuses claims in Mozambique The Art of Jewellery 30.1.19, National Jeweler 30.1.19, British ruby firm to compensate Mozambicans BBC Africa Live 29.1.19, Mining Weekly 29.1.19 + Engineering News 29.1.19, Mining.com 29.1.19, Gemfields to compensate Mozambique torture victims, denies liability Journal du Cameroun 29.1.19 + Modern Ghana 29.1.19, fin24.com 29.1.19, Thisismoney 29.1.19, Ruby miner Gemfields to pay $8.3 mn to settle Montepuez torture & murder claim Club of Mozambique 29.1.19, Channel Africa 29.1.19
Zambian villagers await outcome of UK mining firm's pollution case appeal Guardian 18.1.19, Augusta Review 17.1.19, Left Foot Forward 16.1.19, Lusaka Times 16.1.19, Diggers News 17.1.19, Open Zambia 16.1.19, Vedanta tells top British court pollution case should be heard in Zambia Business Live 16.1.19, CNBC 15.1.19, MiningMX 16.1.19, Investing.com 15.1.19, Investment Guru 16.1.19, Mareeg Media 15.1.19, Chingola Pollution Victims Await London Court Action Zambia Reports 16.1.19, The Hindu 13.1.19, The Hindu Business Line 13.1.19

The Orphanage Business Rebekah Read spoke on BBC Radio 4's File on Four on 13.1.19

Regulatory & disciplinary


Product liability and consumer

Tougher food labelling proposed to prevent allergy deaths Telegraph 25.1.19, Government pushes for tougher labelling on food allergies Leigh Journal 25.1.19 + widely in local press, BT.com 25.1.19, Mail on Sunday 25.1.19, Armed Post.com 26.1.19

Human rights

UK group fights Ineos fracking permit Upstream 25.1.19

NHS campaigners take fight against Accountable Care contracts to Supreme Court Yorkshire Post 25.1.19 + in local press
The government might ban Instagram over self harm content Dazed 29.1.19, Bereaved father of Molly Russell says new laws may be needed to police 'disturbing content' on social media Evening Standard 26.1.19, Brinkwire 26.1.19, Revealed: how Big Tech pushes teens like Molly Russell to suicide The Sunday Times 27.1.19, Western Telegraph 23.1.19 + widely in local press, Mail online 23.1.19
Activist groups win right to challenge immigration data exemption  IT Pro 18.1.19
Anorexic girl 'may not have intended to die', coroner says BBC News 16.1.19
Family of war hero who died after injury in hospital gets £15,000 payout Mirror 12.1.19
Legal proceedings launched against government over voter ID trials Independent 12.1.19, HuffPost 11.1.19, Mirror 11.1.19

High Court finds DWP unlawful on Universal Credit assessments Scottish Housing News 14.1.19, Tessa Gregory went on Radio 5 live and was interviewed live in the studio for the BBC 5 o clock News on 11.1.19, Independent 11.1.19, Guardian 11.1.19, Education News 13.1.19, Day Nurseries 11.1.19, Inside Housing 11.1.19, Mirror 11.1.19, WomensGrid 11.1.19, Gloucestershire Live 12.1.19, Craven Herald 11.1.19, The National 12.1.19, Four single mothers win legal battle with government over universal credit CityAM 11.1.19, LocalGov 111.1.19
Shrewsbury residents bring judicial review against council over homes plan Shropshire Star 3.1.19
Campaigners bid to take NHS payment mechanism row to Supreme Court Local Government Lawyer 2.1.19


Asda retail workers win equal pay row ruling Drapers 31.1.19, Asda loses court battle over worker pay Talking Retail 31.1.19, UK court rules against Walmart-owned Asda in pay dispute Windsor Star 31.1.19, Asda loses latest round in equal pay claim battle Sky News 31.1.19, Asda awaits verdict in legal dispute with staff over equal pay Yorkshire Evening Post 31.1.19, Asda loses appeal over equal pay BBC News 31.1.19, Mirror 31.1.19, CityAM 31.1.19, Retail Gazette 31.1.19, Asda shopworkers win landmark ruling in equal pay dispute Guardian 31.1.19, Business Matters 31.1.19, Employee Benefits 31.1.19, Asda awaits ruling in long-running staff battle over equal pay Express & Star 31.1.19, BT.com 17.1.19, Mail online 17.1.19, Barry & District News 17.1.19 + widely in local press, UK court rules against Walmart-owned Asda in pay dispute Houston Chronicle 31.1.19 + other US titles, HR Review 31.1.19, Retail Sector 31.1.19, European Supermarket Magazine 31.1.19, Mail online 31.1.19, Personnel Today 31.1.19, Retail Gazette 31.1.19

Grocer Asda loses ruling in equal-pay case  FT 31.1.19
NDAs now commonplace in employment disputes, parliamentary committee hears People Management 24.1.19
Employers that neglect mental wellbeing pay the price FT 17.1.19
Equality watchdog needs further legal powers, MPs are told Disability News Service 17.1.19
London borough acted unlawfully in dismissing three housing officers, tribunal rules  Local Government Lawyer 11.1.19, Planning & Building Control Today 4.1.19, Barking Post 8.1.19

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