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Environmental sustainability legislation
In this article, we provide general commentary from a legal perspective on a number of sustainability topics in the environmental space.
Balancing sustainability with health & safety
Over the last few years there have been developments in the way we work, both in response to employers’ legal obligations and also in response to the changing needs and expectations of society. The law in this area continues to evolve. In this article, we provide general commentary from a legal perspective on a number of sustainability topics, namely: health and safety at work, fire safety and hazardous materials.
Making sense of sustainable action
In this article, we provide general commentary and offer practical top tips from a legal perspective on working with a new sustainable product and, separately, in relation to mental health.
Highway authorities have allocated significant resources to tackling potholes on Britain’s highways. Despite this, potholes continue to be a source of problems – causing damage to vehicles and presenting a potential safety hazard. In this article, we look at the measures the government are putting in place to prevent potholes and improve highway maintenance.
Damages Claims Portal: an update for defendants
On 31 May 2022, HM Courts and Tribunals Service confirmed that changes to the Civil Procedure Rules requiring defendant legal representatives to use the Damages Claims Portal from 2 June 2022 has been postponed.
Case review 21/03/2022
Good news for insurers on vicarious liability
A recent High Court ruling signalled another positive step for organisations, and their insurers, in whether they should be held vicariously liable when employees break the law. In Isma Ali v Luton Borough Council , a case involving the leaking of sensitive personal data by a council employee, the judge concluded the local authority could not be held responsible for the actions of someone acting on a “frolic of their own”.
Safeguarding in the e-sports arena
E-sports is the term used to describe competitive video gaming played for spectators, typically by professional gamers. Whilst many are familiar with more traditional video games, it seems that less than half the UK population are familiar with e-sports. This article considers a number of the risk areas that have been identified within the e-sports arena and the steps that are being taken to mitigate risks.
Case review 28/01/2022
Further developments in ‘failure to remove’ claims
Following a number of first instance decisions last year which focused predominantly on assumption of responsibility, this case now provides some welcomed clarity around other possible exceptions when dealing with duty of care issues.
Case review 28/01/2022
Judicial clarity provided on the Human Rights Act and ‘failure to remove’ cases
This case provides detailed judicial consideration of the possible resulting claims under the Human Rights Act 1998. Whilst briefly considered in the case of DFX and others v Coventry City Council , when Lambert J found that the claimant’s inability to prove a breach of duty in negligence caused the claim under the HRA to likewise fail, she did not consider the issues any further.
Inquiry launched into how the presence of asbestos in buildings is managed
The Work and Pensions Committee will examine the current risks posed by asbestos in the workplace, the actions taken by the Health and Safety Executive to mitigate them and how its approach compares to those taken in other countries.