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  • School of Hard Knocks

    August 21, 2009

    Sadly, some schools have recently become a different kind of place to the kind of care free, firm but fair temples of educational lore that one might associate with Hogwarts or Grange Hill for example. The Court…

  • MoJ crackdown on claims management companies

    August 12, 2009

    The Ministry of Justice has said that it “will not tolerate” high pressure selling and cold calling by claims management companies falsely claiming to be able to write off unenforceable debt. The Claims Management Regulator has now…

  • Respectful uncertainty

    August 12, 2009

    Lord Laming commented in 2003 that social workers are too trusting and ‘over optimistic’. In the wake of the Baby P trial, a review by the National Children’s Bureau indicates that social workers are not listening to…

  • £4.6 million High Court Settlement

    June 22, 2009

    I attended the High Court on Monday to attend an approval hearing for a settlement award agreed between my client and the Defendant’s representatives following successful negotiations earlier this year. My client was an 18-month year old…

  • The limitation game

    March 1, 2008

    THE LIMITATION GAME A v Hoare and related appeals [2008] UKHL 6, 30th January 2008 The judgment is of particular interest in that it completely changes the limitation landscape for abuse (and other) cases. The main points…

  • Time limits change for abuse victims

    January 31, 2008

    TIME LIMITS CHANGE FOR ABUSE VICTIMS The House of Lords today gave judgment in the case of X & Y v London Borough of Wandsworth (and related appeals). Bolt Burdon Kemp can report that not only have…

  • 'More go online for legal advice'

    January 3, 2008

    The way in which people receive legal advice could be changed by the increasing prominence of the internet, it has been suggested. A new study from Pew Internet and analysts at the American Life Project has found…

  • Meningitis death: Doctor negligent

    December 21, 2007

    A Scottish brother and sister have been awarded £140,000 in compensation following their mother’s death due to medical negligence. Consultant Dr Fiona Vernon failed to spot symptoms of meningitis in Catherine Learmont when she visited a drop-in…

  • Huge cost of hospital's blunders revealed

    December 19, 2007

    A Devon hospital has paid out £18 million in medical negligence compensation claims over just four years, the Plymouth Herald reports. The blunders occurred at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth – with over half of the eight-figure medical…

  • Landmark Judgment 13th December 2007

    December 13, 2007

    MAN ABUSED BY PARENTS WINS DAMAGES FOR SOCIAL SERVICES’ FAILINGS Jake Pierce aged 31, won damages of £25,000 from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in a landmark judgment in the High Court today. Mr Pierce (then known as…