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Ian Gascoigne

JUDGES and magistrates are to be trained in women’s issues and the problems faced by disabled people, the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) has announced. The JSB’s 16-member Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee (EMAC) is to be transformed into the Equal Treatment Advisory Committee (ETAC) with a widened scope to tackle judicial ignorance of minorities appearing in […]

Vasectomy 'gone wrong'

Urologist Solomon Goldenberg will face High Court action where he is being sued by a Kent couple over a failed vasectomy operation at the Raleigh Nursing Home in London. Martyn and Karen Newell complain that after Mr Newell underwent a vasectomy in the 1980s Mrs Newell became pregnant. She gave birth to a son in […]

Outward bound libel case

A libel hearing is imminent between the Outward Bound Trust Ltd and Mirror Group Newspapers. It follows a Daily Mirror story on 23 March last year relating to the canoeing tragedy at Lyme Regis, Dorset, in which four teenagers died and others ended up in hospital. The article referred to the party as having been […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 18/10/94

DTI: No duty to provide guidelines Article 130r EEC Treaty – white paper 1990 ‘This common inheritance’ R v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, ex parte Duddridge and Ors (1994) (DC 03.10.94.) (Farquharson LJ, Smith J) Summary: No duty on the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to provide guidelines on the […]

Making the most of UK connections

Roger Pearson looks ahead The High Court scene is set for two legal battles which could have far-reaching implications for workers in undeveloped countries who suffer illness or injury working in their homelands for companies with UK power bases. Leigh Day & Co’s Richard Meeran is spear-heading claims over the death and illness of workers […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 18/10/94

JEREMY CLIVE GRATTON, 46. admitted 1972, practised as JC Gratton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, suspended for six months from July 5 and ordered to pay u1,008 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised without current practising certificate and failed to deliver accountants reports. His practice was closed down following Law Society resolution to intervene in December last year. Tribunal […]

Litigation Writs 18/10/94

Student nurse, Sally Boug-hey of Wareham, Dorset, who was forced to give up her nursing career after receiving back injuries when a patient she was lifting fell on top of her, has launched a u50,000 High Court compensation claim against Bristol and District Health Authority and United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust. The writ accuses the […]

Agreeing transatlantic compensation

Roger Pearson looks ahead A case is in the pipe-line which promises to turn into a fascinating transatlantic dispute over inter-activity between our High Court and the US courts. It centres on an award of $2.9 million compensation to widow Julie Hardy in respect of the death of her husband, Stephen, on 15 August 1991 […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 27/09/94

EC: not responsible for Irish agriculture ministry decision Licensing meat imports in EC Emerald Meats Ltd v Commission of the European Commission Cases C-100/90, C-317/90, C-129/91 (1994) (CJEC (Full court)) Summary: Member states are responsible for preparing lists of applicants for meat import licences and not the EC. Irish meat company’s application for annulment of […]

Avis in moves against Truckpoint

Avis Rent-a-Car has issued proceedings against Truckpoint, its former licensee in Southwark in South London, claiming an injunction and damages. Truckpoint is alleged to have continued to hold itself out as an Avis Rent-a-Car licensee after the termination of its licence in June this year.