The Environment Secretary has said he will urgently consider calls for a “Natasha’s Law” to improve food labelling after the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. The 15-year-old suffered a fatal allergic reaction to a Pret A Manger sandwich that failed to highlight sesame as an ingredient. Michael Gove said: “Of course we’ve got high food standards, but we’ve got to make sure we never have a case like this again.” The Mail reports that Pret routinely puts allergy stickers on food it donates to the homeless prompting questions as to why it doesn’t do the same for the paying public. The family’s lawyer, Jill Paterson, of Leigh Day, said: “Simple labels show at a glance what allergens are contained in the food. This is common sense. This could be done by large food businesses quickly and shouldn’t need a change in the law, particularly when you are talking about a matter of life or death.”

Daily Express, Page: 4 Daily Mail, Page: 4 The Sun, Page: 8, 26 Daily Mirror, Page: 17 The Times, Page: 20

Posted 02/10/2018

 

Solicitors acting on behalf of pressure group Fair Vote UK are preparing to launch a legal challenge against the government’s refusal to hold an inquiry into potential interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum. This follows the prime minister’s rejection of calls for an investigation last month, when she said it was an attempt to overturn the result of the vote.

The Independent, Page: 12

Posted 29/09/2018

The families of two schoolboys with special educational needs are seeking to legally challenge the Government over its Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) funding policy. The group, calling itself SEND Family Action, argues current grants do not leave local authorities with enough money to fulfil their legal obligation to provide care for pupils with a range of disabilities and conditions. Lawyer Anne-Marie Irwin from Irwin Mitchell, representing the families, said: “The families are concerned that local authorities are not receiving enough funding so wish to investigate whether there are legal grounds to challenge the government over its funding support.”

The Guardian, Page: 16 Daily Mail

Posted 28/09/2018

The number of US lawsuits brought against Bayer’s newly acquired Monsanto has risen to around 8,000, following a California court verdict earlier this month that found weedkillers Roundup and Ranger Pro cause cancer.

Daily Mail Financial Times, Page: 1 City AM, Page: 10

24/08/2018

A triathlete died when her bicycle hit a pothole which hadn’t been filled in because a repair team couldn’t find it. Kate Vanloo was thrown into the path of a car when she rode into the four-inch deep hole, which was hidden by a puddle. In his report, the coroner told Warwickshire County Council: “Urgent action should be taken to prevent future deaths… Including an explanation of the steps you have taken to speed up the time it takes to repair potholes”. Solicitors Leigh Day said that following the report “we will now be investigating further legal action against the council.”

Daily Mail, Page: 19

Posted 10/08/2018

A couple charged commission by two estate agents after selling their home have won a landmark case for other property owners, experts say. George and Hilary Wood were taken to the small claims court by original agent Palmer Snell for not paying £7,935 commission – although their home was sold by Fortnam Smith & Banwell. The judge, finding in favour of the Woods, cited the case Foxtons v Bicknell & Another, 2008, where the Court of Appeal ruled for an estate agent to claim commission it had to be involved in the sale, not just the introduction.

Daily Mail, Page: 41

Posted 08/08/2018

 

 

 

Adele Burns has launched a £1m legal action against the Rainbow Rooms hairdressers in Glasgow over claims her hair treatment, which entailed her leaning over a sink several times, caused a stroke. Digby Brown said it was found that she suffered a stroke following dissection of the vertebral artery, caused by trauma in the neck.

The Scotsman, Page: 19 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 7 Daily Express, Page: 23 Daily Mail, Page: 26 I, Page: 10 Aberdeen Press and Journal, Page: 14 Daily Star, Page: 21 Daily Record Yorkshire Post, Page: 8

Posted 07/08/2018

Following a Court of Appeal ruling – landowners across England and Wales can now claim damages if the quick-spreading Japanese knotweed plant has encroached on their property. Rodger Burnett of Charles Lyndon, the law firm which represented Robin Waistell, who made a claim against Network Rail, acknowledged that the ruling means a householder could sue their neighbour but stressed that it would be firms like Network Rail who should have the greatest concerns.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 9 The Times, Page: 5 Daily Mail, Page: 35 I, Page: 17 The Sun, Page: 26 Daily Express, Page: 26

Posted 04/07/2018

Aman Johal, the director of Your Lawyers, writes in a letter to City AM that, following Volkswagen’s admission to German prosecutors that 1.2m vehicles in the UK contain defeat devices that are illegal under British and European law, courts in England and Wales should now address the question of not to whether VW should pay compensation to affected owners, but how much.

City AM, Page: 14

Posted 19/06/2018

A refund scheme for litigants who were overcharged for their civil court fees is to be set up by the MoJ, after it emerged that claimants starting proceedings in the High Court and County Court since 2016 have been charged £308 rather than the £205 they should have been. The figure covers cases – usually personal injury claims – with a value estimated between £3,000 and £5,000. These litigants should have been paying the lower fee to begin proceedings but their claim was wrongly categorised as one for “any other remedy”. A MoJ spokesperson said: “We recently reviewed our guidance on fees for stage three claims and identified that we have been charging the incorrect court fee in some cases. As a result we issued revised guidance to the courts in March and we will be setting out details of a refund scheme for those who were overcharged in due course.”

Law Society Gazette

Posted 12/06/2018