Training & Knowledge: October 2017

24th Oct 2017Newsletters

Cross-examining expert witnesses; A Masterclass

Introduction A title like this (not my suggestion, I hasten to add) makes me just a little nervous, because having set the bar high, you can almost guarantee this will be anything but a masterclass. It’s a little like that puffed-up barrister who’s giving it large to the client and his instructing solicitor before the […]

24th Oct 2017Newsletters

Inquests and Public Inquiries: Differences in Scope

In the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy in which at least 80 people died the Prime Minister announced a judge led public inquiry into the circumstances of the fire. The decision to launch an inquiry was not universally welcomed. Some argued that an inquest rather than a judge lead public inquiry should investigate […]

24th Oct 2017Newsletters

Reasonable foreseeability after R v Rose

Chris Gillespie examines the case of R v Rose from a health and safety perspective. Honey Rose was an optometrist who negligently failed to perform her statutory duty to conduct an intra-ocular examination on her seven year old patient. As a result she failed to discover the clear indications of a life-threatening risk to the […]

18th Oct 2017Newsletters

“Exercising Restraint?”

Howard Watkinson looks at the whys and wherefores of applying to discharge pre-charge restraint orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”). The pre-charge restraint order under POCA is doubtless one of the most draconian tools in the proceeds of crime armoury. It has the capacity to cripple businesses, be they bodies corporate or […]