Dispute Resolution News

Factory Explosion Test Case Goes to Trial

In May 2004, there was an explosion at the Stockline plastics factory in Glasgow following a gas leak which killed 9 and saw 45 others injured. One of the injured workers sued the owners and occupiers of the factory and was awarded £175,000 plus expenses. Read more

Negligence - Map Maker not liable for Rally Driver Crash

Three Judges at the Court of Session have rejected an appeal by Raymond Munro, former Scottish rally champion, who sued a map-maker for negligence. Read more

Justice for All?

The general consensus is that litigation is a costly process, where the uncertainty as to the precise costs which an individual may face when the dust has settled puts too many off from pursuing valid and legitimate claims. Read more

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2011

n January, the complex 3 band system previously used to calculate Sheriff Officers’ fees was scrapped in favour of a unified banding system. Now all Sheriff Officer work will be charged at the same rate, with an exception for services performed in ‘remote rural areas’ (a settlement with a population... Read more

Simon -v- Helmot - Discount Rates for Lump Sum Awards

In 1998, Mr Helmot was struck by a car driven by Mr Simon whilst riding his bike on Guernsey.  As a consequence of the incident, Mr Helmot suffered serious, long-term injuries.  Liability was admitted by Mr Simon’s insurers when court action was intimated but damages could not be agreed between... Read more

Health & Safety Fines Update

On 31 May 2011, Scottish Sea Farms Ltd and Logan Inglis Ltd pled guilty to breaches of health and safety regulations which had led to the death of two men on a fish farm service barge. Read more

Insolvency - an effective weapon for creditors?

The Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Act 2007, which has gradually come into force in recent years, allows a review of recent Scottish Government bankruptcy statistics. Dealing firstly with the sequestration of individuals or non corporate bodies, in the year to November 2011, there were approximately 5,000 granted in Scotland.  Most... Read more

The Ogden Tables 7th Edition Update

The Scottish (and English) courts are routinely referred to tables of actuarial multipliers, the Ogden Tables, which are used to calculate certain heads of claim, particularly future loss of earnings.  This tends to be the single biggest element of most claims for personal injuries and death.  The 7th edition of the... Read more

The Ogden Tables 7th Edition Update

The Scottish (and English) courts are routinely referred to tables of actuarial multipliers, the Ogden Tables, which are used to calculate certain heads of claim, particularly future loss of earnings.  This tends to be the single biggest element of most claims for personal injuries and death.  The 7th edition of the... Read more
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