Friday, 28 February 2014


Published today and already on BAILLI is a superbly crafted judgment from Green J . In DSD V METROPOLITAN POLICE he decided that the failure of the Police to link up evidence was culpable and he claimants won their claims based upon the European Convention. Fascinating stuff . 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Trust me . This is going to get more mainstream as the hourly rate is annihilated. Andrew Haslam who is decency on legs has just written a 10 page overview of the leading event in New York. It is so illuminating. He by the way is an independent agent who holds the hands of law firms making the leap into technology. His article is at the Allvision website. As ever , i declare i have no financial involvement here whatsoever. He is just plain sound.  


'Remedies in employment law'  has just been published by the Law Society and what i have read so far is just plain excellent. A nifty up to date tome from a bright and lovely author.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014


Congratulations to Jacob Levy and Michael Duggan , both noble men . 


The Court of Appeal decision published this morning continues the extension of vicarious liability. A prisoner working in a canteen was ' employed ' by the prison which was answerable for him  negligently injuring a member of staff . Amazing outcome ; well done Robert Weir QC . 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014


Just published on Bailli is the TCC decision in BANK OF IRELAND V PANK , an exemplary decision about rejecting quaint technical arguments where a budget was served albeit with a mix up on the statement if truth . Superb . 

Thursday, 13 February 2014


It was a joy yesterday to interview the sound and sane Zoe Holland who is the go to for advice on buying or selling wip as well as advanced technical advice on developing a clinical negligence practice .
She did buy me a chocolate eclair in Paris on Saturday to celebrate her birthday ; that did not affect my judgment, honestly . 


“A draft amendment to the clinical negligence model direction used by the Queen’s Bench Masters, allowing for times set by the directions to be extended by up to 28 days by agreement, has been approved by the PQBD and Deputy Head of Civil Justice but no decision has been taken on whether there should be any general change to model directions or to standard directions under the Civil Procedure Rules.  This is the subject of discussion within the Civil Procedure Rule Committee and any decision will require the approval of the Master of the Rolls.”

Collette Carroll OBE

Congratulations to the talented sister of the talented Paul of Brodie & Co.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014


On 19th february at 1 pm i am giving a one hour podcast for LIPPS LEGAL on this tricky topic .
Amongst other things I will explain why a successful Mr Mitchell WOULD recover a six figure sum in costs , how to stop the court budgeting your case and what happens if the court refuses  to budget. Also , can an old case be budgeted ? These are the questions I have been asked most often. 

Friday, 7 February 2014


The Rules Committee today agrees to extend budgeting in April. Anticipate some continued exemptions but only for higher value claims - £5m ? We shall see .
The ACL Conference today magnificent . Good to see the superb Ben Williams in attendance .