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This annual conference chaired by Dominic Regan examines a range of topical issues. The panel of leading experts will discuss topics from fundamental dishonesty to service problems.

Conference Agenda

This conference will cover the following:

9:30am - 10:15am: Opening Address: Vicarious Liability

Dominic Regan

Claims regarded as hopeless a decade ago are now likely to succeed. The law has moved on in a dramatic fashion. This session will identify the key cases and will take stock of where we are. Issues include:

  • The Morrisons case
  • How an employer may now face liability for rape
  • Responsibility for people who are not employees
  • Liability for events away from work
  • Defences?
  • Can there be more than one defendant?

10:15am - 11.00am: Fundamental Dishonesty & QOCS

David Pilling, Liverpool Civil Law

This session will provide a caselaw update on a challenging and still evolving area affecting all personal injury practitioners and will cover:

  • What is and what is likely not fundamental dishonesty
  • When QOCS applies and how
  • Practice and procedure pointers
  • Caselaw update

11:15am - 12:00pm: Costs Update

Dominic Regan

The challenges keep coming.

What does the Court of Appeal think about deductions from damages?

When will more fixed costs kick in? This session will review the big decisions including:

  • CFA assignment woes
  • Late acceptance of Part 36 offers
  • Withholding the 10% uplift
  • Proportionality
  • Are ATE premiums in clinical negligence claims excessive?

12.00pm - 12:45pm: Handling the Claim - Counsel's View

Gerard McDermott QC

This session will discuss how to handle a case from counsel's perspective and will include how to manage each step of the claim, from instructions to preparing for trial.

This session will cover:

  • When to involve counsel
  • Counsel's role
  • Cost budgets
  • Witness evidence - especially quantum
  • Expert evidence
  • Preparing for trial
  • Trial bundles
  • Important areas of the claim
  • Housing claims
  • Impact of litigation on Claimants

12:45pm - 1:00pm: Questions on Morning Session

2:00pm - 2:50pm: 'Procedural Death' - Service and Court/Trial Fee Traps for the Unwary

Jeff Zindani

Missed time limits by litigation solicitors are one of the largest sources of professional negligence claims reported to insurers. This session will guide you through key procedural rules to avoid in what the courts have described as 'procedural death'.

The session will look at not only up to date case law guidance but also practical tips and insights to avoid mistakes being made in the first place.

  • Service rules and common errors
  • 'Last Known Address' - case law guidance
  • Supreme Court guidance on service by email
  • Are you under a duty to warn your opponent of a mistake?
  • Applying for more time for service - elephant traps explained
  • Court fees and abuse of process - latest guidance
  • Trial fees and automatic strike out

2:50pm - 3:40pm: Departure from Budgets

Erica Bedford, Barrister, Kings Chambers

The recent decision of Salmon v Barts Health NHS Trust provides the latest guidance on these important questions that every cost practitioner ought to be aware of.

This session will cover:

  • The provisions of CPR 3.18
  • What amounts to a departure from budget
  • What good reason can include
  • What happens once good reason has been established
  • Practical guidance on whether to argue good reason or not

3:55pm - 4:45pm: The New PI Landscape Ahead - What Will the Civil Liability Act and Small Claims Track Increase Mean for You?

Jeff Zindani

With a raft of new reforms, from the new Civil Liability Act and the expected rise in the small claims limit, together with a new RTA portal it is critical for you to understand what the new landscape is likely to look like.

This session will cover:

  • Civil Liability Act - Key provisions
  • Definition of whiplash and the regulations
  • The New Portal for whiplash Injuries
  • The tariff figures and a reality check
  • Small Claims limit Increase - will this work for you?

4:45pm - Close: Questions & Answers

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