Our popular bulletins and events will keep you abreast of the latest legal developments.

Our annual keynote seminar was held on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at the Vale Resort. Speakers included Simon Evans, Peter Bennett, Amanda Evans and guest speaker, Steven Ford QC.

This edition considers a claim brought under the Occupiers’ Liability Act where the Claimant slipped and fell whilst visiting a leisure centre, as well as various case summaries.

This edition considers recent case-law regarding fundamental dishonesty, the meaning of ‘use of vehicle’ and apportioning liability for speeding.

Our annual keynote seminar was held on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at the Vale Resort. Simon Evans considered the impact of the Civil Liability Act 2018, Peter Bennett provided a regulatory update and Amanda Evans and guest speaker, Steven Ford QC, discussed recent developments following CN v Poole BC [2019] UKSC 25.

Our monthly review of developments in the insurance and public sector. This edition considers a claim brought under the Occupiers’ Liability Act where the Claimant slipped and fell whilst visiting a leisure centre and case summaries relating to the recoverability of Counsel’s fees and the Court’s approach to Blamire awards.

This edition considers recent case-law regarding fundamental dishonesty, the necessity for bespoke life expectancy evidence, the meaning of ‘use of vehicle’ where a vehicle had been parked in a private garage which caught fire and apportioning liability for speeding.

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Dolmans' Keynote Seminar 2019

Senior Partner, Adrian Oliver, welcomed delegates to this year’s seminar.

 

Adrian took the opportunity to advise delegates of the passing of John Wilkins, former partner of Dolmans and paid tribute to John’s breadth of legal knowledge as well as recognising his qualities as an individual and his importance to the practice.

 

Adrian also referenced the continuity of the practice and its insurance base over many years. After providing an indication of the topics to be discussed during the course of the seminar, Adrian introduced the speakers throughout the day.

Civil Liability Act 2018 - The Emerging Landscape

Following a significant delay in much needed civil liability reforms, the Civil Liability Act 2018 finally received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018.

 

Simon Evans discussed the likely impact of this new legislation, including a more codified approach to low value whiplash claims and changes to small claims jurisdiction together with the anticipated effects on claimants, defendants and the organisations driving claim numbers.

 

Simon highlighted the likely relief from the punitive -0.75% discount rate and the effect this might have on claim values and procedural strategies. Simon also commented on  discrete issues that will be directly affected such as accommodation claims, PPOs, litigation behaviours and the situation in the market generally. Simon also considered what issues remain to be resolved and when the effects of these changes are likely to be seen.

The Definitive Guideline and Sentencing 3 Years On: A Regulatory Update

Three years have passed since the revised Definitive Guideline to Sentencing in Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety Offences came into force.

 

Peter Bennett discussed recent sentencing decisions, in both the public and private sectors, in order to update delegates as to the effect of this “game changing” guidance in regulatory matters and provided analysis towards any general trends or outcomes.

 

Peter also highlighted how the new guidance is impacting other areas (e.g. fire safety prosecutions), touched on the recent Impact Assessment of the new Guideline published by the Sentencing Council and discussed sentencing trends, both pre and post the imposition of the Guideline.

Defending Child Abuse Cases

We were delighted to welcome Steven Ford QC to this year’s seminar.

 

In conversation with Amanda Evans, Steven considered the issues in the long awaited decision of the Supreme Court in Poole Borough Council v GN and Another [2019] and the implications of the decision for local authorities in defending claims against social services departments.

 

Steven also gave practical guidance upon the issues defendants can expect to encounter in defending child abuse claims moving forwards and how to deal with existing claims affected by the decision.

Case Updates

 

Jamie Mitchell and Claire Thomas provided our usual whistle-stop tour of cases that have been reported in the last 12 months to keep our delegates up-to-date on the latest developments.