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Patrick Sadd speaking at Road Transport Conference

Patrick Sadd will be a guest speaker at the Road Transport Conference on Thursday 28th November 2019. As a leading barrister in the UK in European road transport regulation, Patrick will be presenting on AdBlue, as the DVSA begins a nationwide crackdown on truck emission cheats The conference brings together Operators, Transport and HR Managers, driver agencies and consultants who support businesses and drivers to share legal updates. Crown Court Judge, Christopher Donnellan QC will also be giving an insight into corporate manslaughter. To instruct Patrick or find out more, contact Graham Woods or Chris Rowe on +44 (0)20 7353 6381.

News 27 Nov, 2019

Seminar: The Package Travel & Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018

Our Cross-Border and International claims team is hosting a seminar on The Package Travel & Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. Join us for the session on Tuesday 10th July from 17:00 to 18:15, at our London offices, to include a Q&A section followed by drinks. The panel speakers include Sarah Crowther QC, Dan Clarke and Ian Denham, all specialists in claims for injury or accident involving an international element. During this informative seminar, the team will discuss the effect the new regulations will have on package travel claims, including the new definition of ‘package’ and in particular, will discuss the outcome of X v Kuoni: when will a tour operator be liable in future? If your caseload includes jurisdiction disputes in…

Events 9 Jul, 2018

Patrick Sadd and Tim Nesbitt in High Court case on scope of EU commercial transport regulatory system

The High Court has just delivered judgment in DVSA v Rowe, an appeal launched by the relevant executive arm of the Department of Transport in relation to an issue about the range of commercial vehicle operators who were the subject of the regulatory system for commercial transport prescribed by EU law. Patrick Sadd and Tim Nesbitt who are both recognised leaders in the field of commercial transport regulation, appeared respectively for the Department of Transport and the Respondent.

News 4 Apr, 2017

Nathan Tavares successfully defends Hickstead in spinal injury claim

Nathan Tavares successfully defended Hickstead Ltd, hosts of the Royal International Horse Show, against the claim of Mr Lear, a participant injured when the ramp of his horsebox fell on him causing paraplegia. Mr Lear was a competitor at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, at the Hickstead Showground, Sussex, on 30th July 2011. He was permitted to park his 18 tonne horsebox in a field designated for horseboxes and left it’s rear ramp lowered. He returned to the vehicle about 4 hours later and found that the ramp had been raised and shut. He proceeded to open it and the ramp fell down on him with great force, resulting in fractures to his spine which have rendered him paraplegic.…

News 17 Mar, 2016

Barrister and solicitors cleared of negligence over court settlement

Cara Guthrie successfully defends a barrister who advised a claimant to settle her road traffic claim on a full and final basis on the morning of a liability trial. He was found not to be negligent even though it has since become clear that the claimant’s injuries were very much more severe than was apparent at the time. The claimant brought a professional negligence claim against her former solicitors and barrister alleging that she had been advised to settle her personal injury claim at an undervalue at the court door. Elisabeth Laing J heard the issues on breach of duty and dismissed the claim against both defendants. Laing J was not persuaded that the barrister defendant “had assessed the evidence…

News 4 Feb, 2016

Sarah Crowther successful in French law RTA case

Sarah Crowther has recently successfully acted in a multi-vehicle road accident case in which a man died and another has been injured after an uninsured driver crashed into them in Thais, France. The men were waiting at the side of the road for a wheel on their car to be changed by a local recovery truck driver when the accident took place. The claim has been made by the wife of the man who died in the accident and a judgment was handed down on Friday, 27 November 2015. Dingemans J found that, according to the connecting factors of the accident under article 4(3) of the Rome II Regulation, the correct law for that claim was French law. Applying principles…

News 4 Dec, 2015

Gerard McDermott QC and Ben Bradley ‘Keep Causation Simple’ in Preliminary Issue Trial

Gerard McDermott QC and Ben Bradley (instructed by Daniel Herman, Stewarts Law LLP, Leeds) successfully represented the claimant in a 2 day preliminary issue trial pertaining to the causation of a stroke following an RTA. Mr Young, a 77 year old man, was seriously injured following a head on collision whilst driving back from a funeral. As a consequence of the accident, he went on to suffer a heart attack and then, subsequently, a spinal haematoma which rendered him paraplegic. 22 days after the initial accident (and 18 days after the heart attack), Mr Young suffered a non-haemorrhagic stroke, causing left side paralysis. The issue in the preliminary trial related to whether the stroke had been caused by the road…

News 24 Aug, 2015

Litigation Friend’s resilience secures £7M settlement

AD was injured in a road traffic accident in 2005 when she was 7. Liability was promptly admitted but the task of investigating her claim for catastrophic injury was considerable. After the preparation and exchange of evidence settlement meetings proved unproductive; although the Defence Insurer made an offer of £5M (including periodical payments to be agreed) which was followed up by a Part 36 offer in that sum.

News 7 Mar, 2013

Patrick Sadd and Tim Nesbitt are speaking at the Road Transport Law & Regulation conference

Chaired by Stephen Kirkbright of Ford & Warren, Butterworths’ Road Transport Law & Regulation will guide you through the complexities of this regulatory area, ensuring that you are fully aware of the law and how it is being applied.

Events 28 Jan, 2013

Record £23M compensation awarded to teenager paralysed in car accident

Nathan Tavares of Outer Temple Chambers and William Norris QC of Thirty Nine Essex Street, instructed by Paul Paxton of Stewarts Law LLP, acted for Agnes Collier who has been awarded record damages (for a personal injury claim) in the High Court. Agnes, who was 13 at the time of her accident, and is now 17, suffered very serious spinal injuries leaving her tetraplegic and wholly dependent on others for her care and the needs of everyday life. She also lost her mother who was killed in the same accident. Nevertheless, with the support of a loving family and through her own determination, she was able to get back to her education at Cheltenham Ladies College and now hopes to…

News 20 Nov, 2012

Road Transport & Regulatory Law Conference 2012

Timothy Nesbitt and Patrick Sadd have been invited to speak at the Road Transport and Regulatory Law Conference 2012, in London on 21 November 2012.

News 9 Sep, 2012

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