A mother whose son blinded a friend in his left eye while playing crazy golf has been told she must pay damages to the injured boy. A High Court judge said she was negligent in not telling the “boisterous” ten-year-old to keep his club low as she knew his character traits. The judgment overturned a ruling at Leicester County Court last year which found that the boy, referred to only as J, was “not a dangerous child” although he was sometimes impulsive. The compensation is expected to be in six figures.

Daily Mirror, Page: 18 The Times, Page: 19 Daily Mail, Page: 26 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 26

Posted 13/03/2018


Several letters to the Times address the topic of medical negligence litigation. Solicitor Dr Anthony Barton says paying NHS lawyers £200 an hour regardless of outcome incentivises “delay, deny, defend” behaviour while Brett Dixon, President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, adds that “there is a profound need for the NHS to overhaul its approach and attitude towards patient care…To avoid being sued is the wrong incentive.” Finally, Frank Field MP says perhaps patients should be required to take out a form of social insurance policy if they want to sue the NHS.

The Times, Page: 28

Posted 06/02/2019


Victims of the Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park terrorist attacks can expect lifelong compensation as a result of an obscure legal change made just three weeks before the first atrocity in March. The change means victims will have the full cost of their care paid for by the motor insurance industry, rather than relying on government lump sums. Before March 1 this year, the Motor Insurance Bureau had imposed an exclusion in cases of terrorism. But the removal of the clause, which took effect 21 days prior to the Westminster Bridge attack, means those victims struck by vehicles will not have to rely on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

The Sunday Telegraph, Page: 2

Posted 03/12/2017

A woman has been awarded £115,000 damages after breaking her hip and arm when her friend’s Alsatian pulled her off her feet. The woman was injured after her friend passed her the dog’s lead to hold without warning. A judge found that the dog’s owner had been “negligent” and ordered her to pay her friend damages.

The Times, Page: 5 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 9 Daily Mirror, Page: 26 The Sun, Page; 25 Daily Express, Page: 25


NHS worker Meeta Patel, who suffered a fractured lower spine after a colleague moved her chair away in a prank, is suing hospital bosses for £58,000 in compensation. Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust denies liability for the accident insisting the prankster’s motives were not part of his job.

Evening Standard, Page: 14   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 11

Posted 11/10/2017


The role of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is to be reviewed, amid claims that hundreds of child abuse victims are being denied payouts. The CICA pays more than £140m in compensation to blameless victims of crime each year, but the scheme has come in for criticism after it emerged that some people who were sexually abused in childhood were not eligible for payouts because officials claimed they had consented to the crime.  Separately, the godson of Sir Edward Heath has called for an official inquiry into police handling of child sexual abuse allegations against the former prime minister.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2 The Times, Page: 21 Daily Mail, Page: 20 Daily Mirror, Page: 2 The Guardian, Page: 10

Posted 02/10/2017




Writing in the Independent, Matthew Claxson, a partner at Moore Blatch, argues in favour of new laws to clarify the rights and obligations of cyclists and offer greater legal indemnities to those who are caught up in collisions whilst cycling in a designated lane. “A new Road Safety Bill that both addresses the deficiencies in the existing law, and recognises the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, would go a long way to making sure that the law is fit for the twenty-first century, not the nineteenth,” he concludes.

The Independent

Posted 20/09/2017

An environmental campaigner who was deceived into forming a relationship with a police spy is refusing to pay Scotland Yard a £7,000 legal bill. Helen Steel fought a four-year legal battle against police chiefs who eventually apologised for the abuse and emotional trauma she suffered from the deception. As part of the battle, she pursued a legal challenge to force the Metropolitan police to disclose that her former boyfriend, John Dines, had been an undercover officer. She incurred the bill for the police’s legal costs after she withdrew the appeal.

The Guardian, Page: 10   The Times, Page: 4

Posted 29/08/2017

A woman with terminal cancer has won an undisclosed payout from GPs who repeatedly diagnosed her with muscle pain. Tina Hammonds, 45, paid for a private MRI scan which revealed terminal bone and breast cancer. She claimed clinical negligence against the unnamed surgery, which did not accept liability.

Daily Mirror, Page: 20

Posted 12/06/2017