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Nicola Hall investigates whether treatment costs for drug addiction following an accident resulting in chronic pain can form part of a special damage claim

It is widely recognised that the UK population is ageing, with increasing co-morbidities and one in seven people now experiencing pain. This leads to an increasing need for pain relief.

Stricter regulations on handling personal data are set to come into force next year. Stephanie Prior reports

It was recently reported that Greater Manchester Police lost three unencrypted DVDs in the royal mail post. The DVDs apparently contained footage of police interviews with victims of sexual and violent crimes. The DVDs were sent in the post by recorded delivery to the National Crime Agency’s Serious Crime Analysis Section but they never arrived. As a consequence Greater Manchester Police were fined £150,000.

Stephanie Prior reviews recent changes in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation

It has been an exciting period in the litigation world over the last year or so. This article will touch upon some of those changes and the cases that have literally changed the law.

Nicola Hall examines Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] which updates the court’s approach to medical practitioners’ duty of advice to patients

The Supreme Court has handed down the judgment in the landmark case, Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015].

Stephanie Prior considers the effect of recent government cuts and the consequential delay and cost for claims

Recently, the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove has given notice that there will be extensive reforms to the courts. The Ministry of Justice then confirmed that this would include closure of at least a fifth of the Magistrates Courts, which equates to approximately 91 courts being shut and that there would be integration of at least another 31 courts. It has been quoted that ‘in total 257 magistrates court rooms would go, representing 23% of the current total’. Further, 4% of Crown Courts would be closed.

Stephanie Prior and Patricia Begley analyse how a claim can fail because parties have unintentionally made an agreement

Those of us who work within the field of personal injury and clinical negligence know that it is particularly rewarding and challenging. On a daily basis we battle with an ever-changing mix of case law, regulation and statute in order to resolve the real life problems that our clients are facing and ensure that they receive adequate compensation and rehabilitation for the injuries that they suffer as a result of the negligence of another.

Stephanie Prior examines the latest changes to the Civil Procedure Rules

The Civil Procedure Rules came into force in 1999 and apply to all cases after 26 April 1999. These rules replaced the Rules of the Supreme Court and the County Court Rules.

Sam Collard and Ewelina Ochab outline an important case when considering non-delegable duty of care

On 1 October 2013, s69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 came into force removing civil liability from employers’ breaches of health and safety regulations.