Access to Justice

Access to Justice has been leading a burgeoning online campaign to raise awareness of the Autumn Statement’s proposed PI reforms.  They have many active social media platforms sharing the latest content across the internet, shedding light on the consequences these reforms will have across the legal community. Please show your support by following them on…

Stop the noise

Two events in my life have both given me the same initial response. The first was when my daughter, a tiny tot of 4 at the time, disappeared from my sight for one minute in a restaurant in Cyprus. I can’t tell you how long that minute was. The second is the death of MP,…

South Yorkshire Police and the imbalance in justice

South Yorkshire Police spent at least £2.1m on legal fees representing its suspended Chief Constable David Crompton during the Hillsborough Inquests, the BBC has discovered. Mr Crompton’s barrister alone was paid over £1m to represent him.  South Yorkshire Police have previously confirmed the total cost of the Hillsbrough Inquest reached £25.1m – of which £20.8m was paid…

Claims against MoD are down – the facts

  Total (all) compensation claims and associated costs in Financial Year 14/15 were £85.1M. The total number of new claims brought against MOD was 5814. This represents a decrease of around 15% compared with 13/14. Of that total, new Service EL claims of 2381 were as follows: Noise-induced hearing loss 1838 – 77% Non-freezing cold…

Brecon prosecution a disgrace

The Daily Mail is reporting that special forces soldiers in charge of a test march in which three reservists collapsed and died in the Brecon Beacons could be prosecuted. A police file against two elite troops, known only by the ciphers 1A and 1B, has now been passed to the military’s prosecution service to decide…

Birmingham pub bombings – families let down. Again.

Inquests into deaths of 21 people in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings are to be reopened, a coroner has ruled. Louise Hunt said there had been a “wealth of evidence that still has not been heard” about the atrocities.  The hearing was told that an overheard conversation was reported to police on 10 November 1974,…

Jamie heads for World team Cup final

Congratulations to Jamie Burdekin, sponsored by Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, and Great Britain’s quad wheelchair tennis team who have beaten hosts Japan 2-0 to reach the final of the World Team Cup. The top-seeded team of Jamie and Andy Lapthorne claimed wins in their singles matches in Toyko. They will face Australia in Friday’s final…

Jamie Burdekin claims Super Series title

Massive congratulations to our Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis ace Jamie Burdekin who won the Japan Open Super Series doubles at the weekend with his playing partner Andy Lapthorn. This was a big win for the lads and sets them up nicely for Rio 2016. This week they compete in the World Team Cup, the same as…

Our legal system is letting down bereaved families

A woman whose daughter died while playing in an east London park has said it is “disgraceful” she has been denied legal aid for the inquest. Alexia Walenkaki, 5, was playing on a rope swing in Mile End Park when a tree trunk holding the swing fell on her.  Her mother Vida Kwotuah said the…

Lariam for military personnel: an unacceptable risk

The House of Commons Defence Committee will publish its report An acceptable risk? The use of Lariam for military personnel  on 24th May Having both given evidence to the inquiry and carefully considered the submissions of other witness, I am hopeful that the Committee will endorse our call for a ban on the use of…

Lord Faulks’ comments hide real objective of looking after insurers

Justice minister Lord Faulks has indicated that there will be no retreat on far-reaching plans to reform the personal injury sector. Presenting the government’s proposals to restrict claims for whiplash, or claims under £5,000, as a way of protecting consumers, he said: “It is not right that people who try to cheat the system should…

Crown Immunity – statement from Margaret and Kelvin Roberts

“In June last year we sat through four weeks of evidence at the inquest, listening to the failures after failures that occurred on that awful day that Craig  died. In March we witnessed the HSE issue the Crown Censure to the MoD and  we felt that  it was so inadequate for the three deaths. We…

Ministry of Defence should be subject to Corporate Manslaughter – initial reaction

The Ministry of Defence should be subject to corporate manslaughter charges and lose its crown immunity when there is a blatant disregard for life – according to a groundbreaking Defence Committee Report released this morning – Beyond Endurance? Military exercise and the duty of care. The 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, which is meant to cover…