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  This is the second blog post in relation to the recent report by the commons committee – the Safety of Maternity Services in England – https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5802/cmselect/cmhealth/19/1902.htm My previous post looked at the problem of separating Clinical Negligence from other types of negligence claim, and the so called ‘blame culture’. Today I am looking at proposals to change the basis on which compensation is calculated. The report rightly notes that financial compensation is not always…
If your taxi driver is negligent and you are injured, you expect to be compensated. If a surgeon is negligent and your child is damaged for life, you are part of a blame culture. This is the first of a few posts on the recent Commons Committee report – The Safety of Maternity Services in England – https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5802/cmselect/cmhealth/19/1902.htm The report includes a section headed – Rethinking the current approach to clinical negligence. I have to…
Sunday 30th May 2021 Bill and Doris are driving their Ford Fiesta along the Formby By-Pass on their way to Lady Rose nursery. This is part of their Sunday, after church, routine. They will potter around the gardens and then head to the café for a slice of lemon cake and a free coffee using their loyalty points. This is their regular treat, and  a far cry from the years that Doris worked as a…
Training has been an important of my business since I left private legal practice in 2017. I have spent many a happy hour touring the country talking about Clinical Negligence, Housing Conditions and the practice of law! The arrival of lockdown in March 2020 was a worry. Where was nearly half of my business going to come from? It even crossed my mind that I might need to go back on the tools! Before the end…
  The world is still reeling from Saturday’s shocking images of women being held down by Metropolitan police officers as they attended a peaceful vigil in memory of Sarah Everard. There have been many calls for the resignation of the Chief Commissioner, Cressida Dick which misses a more significant and pressing issue. These events provide a very disturbing backcloth to today’s debate in Parliament concerning the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021. This is…
My first guest blog post! Thoughts on the Philip Rutnam settlement from my friend and Employment Law Expert, Steve Pinder of  Stephen Pinder – Employment Law Matters  Philip Rutnam resigned from his role as the senior civil servant in the Home Office raising allegations of bullying against his boss, Secretary of State Priti Patel. He alleged that there had been a vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign against him after trying to get Ms Patel…
  Very few readers will need me to tell them that the so-called reforms of whiplash claims will come into force from 31st May 2021 and that relevant rules were published on 25th February 2021. This is the culmination of government plans to effectively wipe out such claims that date back to 2015 when former Chancellor George Osborne announced a total abolition of the right to claim damages for such injuries – https://thestevecornforthblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/osborne-small-claims-up-to-5k-and-no.html The tone…
  In 2019 I was at the Greenbelt Festival near Kettering, a small festival that focusses on faith, arts, music and activism. I was drawn to a session featuring the case of the Stansted 15 at which the speaker was fellow Solicitor, Melanie Strickland. I have to say that I became more and more angry as she spoke. The story began as a familiar account of peaceful action. In March 2017 a controversial flight was…
I used to be a fan of review sites. I would rarely book a holiday without first checking what previous users had to say about it. I began to have my doubts when we had a particularly unpleasant short stay at an apartment in Greece a few years ago. Think cockroaches, damp, unpleasant staff etc. What was alarming was that there were very contrasting reviews. Some had an experience as unpleasant as ours. Others seemed…
  I was on holiday last week! I just wanted to get that particular gloat out of the way. In the few days that I have been back we have again seen two very contrasting outcomes for lawyers who have got themselves into trouble. The first was the case of the Solicitor and Tipp-ex – https://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/solicitor-who-changed-dates-of-charges-with-tipp-ex-struck-off I have to confess that I was unaware that any firms still used this 1980s style correction fluid. Nicholas…