The Practical Lawyer

Home
About
CPD
Subscribe
Contact
Tort

Negligence – property valuation

Two key principles emerged from a recent CA decision on negligent property valuations...

Subscribers only...
 

Rylands v Fletcher – fire

The CA has severely reduced the potential for bringing claims under Ryland v Fletcher [1868] UKHL 1 in the context of fire damage. While such fire damage could come within the scope of the Rylands v Fletcher rule, such cases are likely to be ‘very rare’. 
Subscribers only...
 

Builder – tort liability?

You contract to buy a new house in 1991. The contract says the seller will complete the work in an efficient and workman like manner, but it will not be responsible for any defect outside the scope of the NHBC certificate (nor for any loss or damage arising from such a defect). It then takes 13 years for it to become apparent that the chimney flues have not been built correctly. Do you have any remedy? 


Subscribers only...
 

Defamation – limitation period

Do you know the limitation period of a defamation claim? It seems that surprisingly few people do – in fact, it is one year (only).

Subscribers only...
 

Professional – client reminders

A recent professional negligence claim illustrates the importance of reminding clients of key dates.

Subscribers only...
 

Libel – internet

Internet service providers (ISPs) get some protection from defamation claims by s1 Defamation Act 1996. The intention was to give ISPs protection that was similar to the common law defence of ‘innocent dissemination’ given to newsagents and libraries who innocently publish defamatory material.

Subscribers only...
 

Privacy – update

Most of the focus on ‘privacy’ has been on the litigation involving Max Mosley (and his sexual preferences). As everyone will know, Article 8, which guarantees the right to respect for private and family life, prevailed over Article 10, which protects the right to freedom of expression.

Subscribers only...
 


Page 2 of 2

Most-read articles

IHT – personal representatives’ liability
Thursday, 14 June 2018
PRs are personally liable for paying IHT on an estate, even where the beneficiaries undertake to pay it themselves but do not do so, the court has confirmed. Read more...
Courts – reductions
Thursday, 14 June 2018
The government has announced that it will reduce court staffing numbers from 16,500 to 10,000 by 2022. Read more...
Part 36 – strict compliance
Thursday, 14 June 2018
Part 36 is a ‘self-contained procedural code’ (CPR 36.1). Being ‘self-contained’, this means that no other rules can be imported. Read more...
Damages – lost years
Thursday, 14 June 2018
A ‘lost years’ claim is for the loss of earnings in the years when the claimant will be dead (but would have been alive but for the defendant’s actions). Read more...
Assured shortholds – requirements
Thursday, 14 June 2018
A summary of the requirements for new lets of residential properties: Read more...
Rent reviews – which index?
Thursday, 14 June 2018
Rent under a lease may well be indexed – in which case, it is likely to be by reference to the retail price index (RPI). Read more...
Japanese knotweed – the cases
Thursday, 14 June 2018
Japanese knotweed is virtually irremovable; only the strongest chemicals will work against it, and simply digging out the roots is not sufficient. Read more...
Financial orders – future earning capacity
Thursday, 14 June 2018
H’s future earning capacity was not a matrimonial asset for the purposes of a financial settlement, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Read more...
Notice – start date?
Thursday, 14 June 2018
Suppose an employee is sent a letter of dismissal by post. The letter is delivered, but the employee is on holiday and says she did not read it until a later date. Read more...
Sentencing – hospital orders; hybrid orders
Thursday, 14 June 2018
In this article, the author (who represented the appellant) considers the making of hospital orders in criminal proceedings, and the use of hybrid orders, following a Court of Appeal ruling. Read more...

Resources

IAG International
In House Lawyer
www.totallylegal.com
Join the IBA now!
MSI Global Alliance