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BREXIT AND MEDIATION – What Effect Will Brexit Have On Mediation

What Effect Will Brexit Have On MediationWhen mediation was first introduced and embraced in countries such as United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, the continental jurisdictions were reluctant to accept it. Since the system which prevailed in many of these countries was inquisitorial rather than adversarial, it was thought that the judges could intervene and act as de facto mediators as…

Beware – Construction Disputes Increase Are Predicted Due To UK Construction Growth

UK Construction Growth Forecasts Means Profit For Some But Disruption & Construction Disputes For others
Expectations For Commercial & Civil Construction & Engineering Projects Through To 2018
According to growth in the construction industry is projected to be about 23% over the course of the next 3 years. By the end of 2018, the road construction…

Assisted Suicide – Is there a good enough case?

Should a person be allowed to assist another in taking his own life?
Tony Nicklinson has died, but his wife fights on
Jane Nicklinson, whose husband Tony died in August after losing a landmark court case, said she would fight until her last breath to change the law on assisted dying. She has just backed a fresh bid to legalise voluntary euthanasia in Scotland.
Meanwhile MacDonald and…

Why New Court Fees Make Arbitration The Preferred Option For Many

2015 Court Fee Increases
On Monday the 9th March fees for starting a case in Court went up dramatically. Detailed below is a broad outline of what you can expect, then I will detail alternative approaches to resolving disputes (ADR) which have consistently saved my clients a great deal money in the past.

As you will see, these court fee increases are significant. It is my belief and…

Building Disputes – The Essentials That You Should Know To Resolving Them

Construction and  engineering disputes plague many building projects across the UK because they are long-term and complex in nature. Large or small, the projects can be impacted by a variety of factors including humans, work conditions, logistics, machinery, Mother Nature, etc., etc.
Construction & Engineering Disputes: An Increasing Problem
A recent research report put out by EC Harris (a…

Suicide – Is it a Coroners responsibility to investigate?

wiltshire police headquarters

When a person has committed suicide, should a coroner investigate what drove him to do so?
Suicide of David Ainsworth raises concerns in police policies
At the recent inquest of the Deputy Chief Constable of Wiltshire, Stewart Patterson, representing his partner and his father , challenged the Coroner’s decision excluding from the hearing any investigation into why he might have committed…

Seismologists get 6 years in prison for wrong prediction!

L'aquila earthquake 2009

Should scientists be prosecuted for failing to give adequate warning of an impending catastrophe?
Wrong predictions over the L’Aquila in 2009 earthquake
Six seismologists and a former government official have been sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter over the deadly earthquake in L’Aquila in 2009. They had been charged with wrongly reassuring the public about the risk. T…

Jimmy Savile: Are Victims rights to claim compensation legal?

Jimmy Savile & victims rights to compensation

Should the victims of abuse be permitted to make claims for compensation years after the event?

Amongst the plethora of information concerning Jimmy Savile, and the possible cover up of his alleged activities, a group of people have emerged who are determined to take a civil action against the BBC and the police for permitting the activities of Savile and others.


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What are the Captain’s responsibilities towards his crew?

Charles Sturrock of Liquid Vortex.

What is the duty of the captain of a boat toward the rest of the crew who set sail with him voluntarily?
A skipper’s duties questioned
A skipper’s duty to his crew was called into question this week. Charles Sturrock appeared at Southampton Crown Court to answer charges under the Merchant Shipping Act. He had set sail from Southampton on a 41 foot sailing yacht, Liquid Vortex, with a crew of…

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