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In 2020 we saw both pandemic and non-pandemic related amendments to the Civil Procedural Rules (CPR) and a general shift in how personal injury cases are managed by both the courts and solicitors. Looking ahead to 2021, what further changes might we expect to reflect this new way of working?
Case review 2021-01-21
Nash v Hertfordshire County Council [30.11.20]: The underlying case concerned a claim for personal injuries and loss suffered by the claimant, who contended that swerving to avoid potholes on a rural access road in Hertfordshire, while navigating a bend, caused him to collide with a transit van.
On 27 June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. This requires the UK to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. Climate change has become a concern that can no longer be ignored so the UK’s implementation of international climate obligations is positive.
Case review 2021-01-14
Ohoud Al-Najar (by her litigation friend, Khadia Al-Mulla) and others v The Cumberland Hotel (London) Limited [18.12.20]: The appellants’ claim was advanced on the basis that the owner of the hotel had broken the duty “to take such care as in all the circumstances of the case was reasonable to see that [the Appellants] person and property were kept reasonably safe, whilst they were staying at the hotel”. Some 30 allegations of negligence were advanced against the hotel relating to the adequacy of security arrangements.
As we reach the end of the year, we provide a short synopsis of what we have experienced whilst enduring the COVID-19 pandemic and offer some practical tips going forwards.
Kennedys is celebrating 20 years in Hong Kong, and is also moving to new offices.
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues relating to calculation of accommodation claims, uncontroverted expert evidence, withdrawal of admissions, the effect of liquidation and restoration on limitation periods, withdrawal of Part 36 offers, striking out of claims, and fundamental dishonesty.
Landlords have a duty to repair the structure and exterior of premises, which includes the supply of water, gas, electricity and sanitation where the landlord knows or ought to have known about the defect. Repairing obligations continued unchanged throughout lockdown and remain. Tenants should report repairs as early as possible so landlords can take appropriate action.
We are pleased to announce that the publication of the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 UK has seen us ranked as a ‘top-tier firm’ in nine practice areas.
On 27 April 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced the availability of new death in service benefits for eligible NHS and social care staff providing vital frontline work during the COVID-19 pandemic.