Personal Injury Newsletter – May 2021

May 28, 2021

In the May 2021 edition of the personal injury newsletter:

Once a litigation friend – not always a litigation friend
In this article, Gerard Martin QC shares his recent experience with a contested hearing to remove from a protected party’s case his litigation friend. With reference to Hinduja v Hinduja 2020 EWHC 1533 Ch., and R (Raqeeb) v Barts Health NHS Trust 2019 EWHC 2976 (Admin).

Recent changes in fatal accident claims
Chris Barnes provides a brief note on two relatively recent changes worth highlighting that may have passed practitioners by.

Interim payments – consideration of the application of the Eeles 2 stage test
Laura Gooding discusses the recent case of PAL (A Child) v Davison & Ors [2021] EWHC 1108 (QB), in which Mrs Justice Yip considered an application for an interim payment on behalf of a child who had suffered catastrophic injury.

Facilitating sex with a sex worker on behalf of a protected party – Part 2
Following his previous article on the topic, Gerard Martin QC considers the recent judgment in A local Authority v C and others 2021 EWCOP 25, in which Hayden J decided that those who facilitate sex with a sex worker on behalf of a protected party do not run the risk of criminal prosecution under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 section 39 thereof.

Expert evidence on life expectancy
Chris Barnes covers the principles that apply to an application for permission to adduce expert evidence on life expectancy, with reference to the case of Dodds v Arif [2020] PIQR P1.

All Rise the Bar
All Rise is a project inviting the Bar to step up and actively create a better culture for all barristers. It aims to encourage barristers to be ‘active bystanders’ – speaking out and standing against abusive, bullying and belittling behaviour. Exchange Chambers’ Chris Gutteridge is one of the four barristers behind the project.

Personal Injury solicitors praise case managers for their response to Covid-19 pandemic
New research by Exchange Chambers and neurorehabilitation centre, Calvert Reconnections, found that 81% of claimant personal injury solicitors believe case managers have risen to the challenges presented by the pandemic.

Click here to view the May 2021 personal injury newsletter.