Category: Claims

Disruption caused by COVID-19

We all hope that the predictions about the spread and seriousness of COVID-19 (coronavirus) prove to be unfounded. Whatever course the development of the virus takes, many of the measures that have been taken or are under consideration by governments, businesses and other organisations are already having or will have a significant effect on commercial relationships and commercial life generally.

This is not a class action: proposed directive to introduce group actions across the EU gaining momentum

Jamie Humphreys and Tracey Bischofberger

The EU has been pushing ahead with proposed new legislation to introduce representative actions across the EU. The proposed new EU-wide rules will apply to infringements of a broad range of EU laws that harm the collective interests of consumers including in the areas of consumer rights, data protection, product liability and product safety.

English Court of Appeal checks its privilege; decides it still applies

Jamie Humphreys

A recent decision by the English courts has confirmed that litigation privilege is available for criminal investigations

Collective re-dress: all talk and now trousers

Jamie Humphreys, Edward Turtle and Monica Mylordou

Product manufacturers risk a significant increase in European-style “class actions” if proposals to amend the draft “New Deal for Consumers” are adopted.

English Court of Appeal considers rules on parent company liability

Jamie Humphreys and Julia Maskell

The Court of Appeal has refused an appeal by victims of post-election violence in Kenya to impose liability on the parent company of the tea plantation where they worked.

UK Supreme Court confirms damages for symptomless injuries

Fergal Duggan

The Supreme Court has recently confirmed that an asymptomatic physiological change caused by an employer’s negligence can constitute an actionable personal injury, thus overturning previous decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal.