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Personal Injury Law Journal: July/August 2014
Anthony Gold

Stephanie Prior sets out the state of child service and child safety law

Recent articles in the press have revealed that children in Britain are in danger of being neglected by the state. The Centre for Social Justice released the report, ‘Enough is Enough’ in June 2014 which suggests that a Royal commission oversee a ‘radical redesign’ of child care services.

Ruwena Khan assesses the outcome of Cutting v Islam

A general practitioner who had not fully diagnosed a patient’s condition and had failed to advise him to return if the symptoms persisted was found liable for the shortening of the patient’s life by four months.

Peter Scott advises how to keep one step ahead of your competitors

Competition has been said to be ‘a process by which services that people are not prepared to pay for, high cost methods of production and inefficient organisations are weeded out and opportunity is given for new services, methods and organisations to be tried’ (Seldon & Pennance, Everyman’s Dictionary of Economics 1965). That is a description of what is happening today in the legal market and which is likely to continue with even greater severity.

Nicholas Lee offers valuable first-hand insight into costs management

By now many readers will have prepared or seen a costs budget and experienced a costs management conference (CMC). With little by way of reported decisions, I take this opportunity to share some of our experiences and the lessons learned.

Paul Jones highlights a costs case that shows the changing role of modern information technology in law

Modern technology and the law do not often sit comfortably beside each other. Traditionally, the law is often perceived as an old-fashioned profession with its bundles of papers bound up in pink ribbon, barristers in their fancy court dress and judges sitting up on high dispensing justice with the help of a gavel in a scene reminiscent of Jarndyce v Jaryndyce in Dickens’ Bleak House. However, modern legal practice has evolved and, increasingly, information technology plays a substantial part in litigation. The recent case of Brett v Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust [2014] illustrates some of the problems that this can create.

Limitation; calibrating pre-knowledge prejudice

The time limit for bringing a claim for personal injury is three years from when the cause of action accrues (s11 Limitation Act 1980) or, if later, from when the claimant possessed relevant knowledge (s14 Limitation Act 1980).

In the first of a two-part article, Richard Partridge provides guidance to those representing interested parties

This article is aimed at providing basic, practical advice and assistance to practitioners assisting families (IPs) through the coronial process. It deals with preparation, how to approach any inquest hearing, the managing of evidence, coroners and witnesses. It ends by briefly looking at possible conclusions and the obligations on coroners to provide written reports in order to prevent future deaths – known as PFDs.

Satinder Hunjan discusses what new technology and recent legal changes mean for claims

In recent times, there has been a sea change in the approach to the quantification of damages in cases of amputation with multi-million pound awards being made in the most serious cases.