Defence Focus – November 2020

November 16, 2020

Welcome to the first edition of our Defence Focus e-bulletin, brought to you by Exchange Chamber’s Personal Injury Defence team.

Included in this edition:

The Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill
This article provides a summary of the Overseas Operations Bill (Service Personnel and Veterans), with comments from defence specialists Louis Browne QC and Andrew Ward who have been monitoring the progress of the Bill through Parliament.

Defeating slips and trips: a toolkit for public authorities, employers and insurers
Alice Dobbie provides a useful toolkit for public authorities, employers and insurers.

Claims under the Animals Act 1971 and how to defeat them
The Animals Act 1971 is often criticised for being poorly-drafted, confusing and unfair. It can be tricky to navigate, for both Claimants and Defendants. In this article, Helen Rutherford provides an overview of the Act and detailed guidance on how to defeat these type of claims.

CASE COMMENT: Roberts v Kesson and Tesco Underwriting Limited [2020] EWHC 521
Can a Claimant avoid ‘fundamental dishonesty’ consequences if he admits dishonesty but only pursues the honest elements of his claim at trial? Alice Dobbie considers the question facing Jay J in Roberts v Kesson and Tesco Underwriting Limited [2020] EWHC 521.

Relief from Sanctions during a Pandemic
In this timely piece, David McCormick considers the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout influence the courts consideration of an application for relief from sanctions.

Including a link to the recent Personal Injury Defence Webinar.

Click here to view the November 2020 Defence Focus Bulletin.