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Private Nuisance by Japanese Knotweed

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams and Waistell [2018] EWCA 1514, 3 July 2018 Japanese knotweed is a fast-growing plant that can disrupt drains, paving and walls. It spreads by means of rhizomes, ie underground stems, and is difficult to … Continue reading

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Harassment for the Purpose of Preventing or Detecting Crime: Hayes v. Willoughby [2013] UKSC 17

“Harassment“ is, according to Lord Sumption (with whom Lord Neuberger and Lord Wilson agreed), “an ordinary English word with a well understood meaning”, which is, he continues, “a persistent and deliberate course of unreasonable and oppressive conduct, targeted at another … Continue reading

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A Secondary Psychiatric Victim of a Delayed Crisis: Taylor v. A. Novo Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 194

In Taylor v. A. Novo Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 194, the claimant, Ms Crystal Taylor, developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after witnessing her mother’s sudden collapse and death as a result of deep vein thrombosis and consequent pulmonary emboli (blood … Continue reading

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Vicarious Liability for Sexual Abuse – The Supreme Court Clarifies Three Key Points

The Catholic Welfare Society v Various Claimants (FC) [2012] UKSC 56   (This post attempts to summarise the main points of decision in the case. It does not offer an evaluation of the decision.)   In this case the Supreme … Continue reading

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Negligence of the Ministry of Defence in the Procurement of Equipment and the Training of Military Personnel.

Smith v Ministry of Defence; Redpath v Ministry of Defence; Ellis v Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence v Albutt, Twiddy and Julien [2012] EWCA Civ 1365 This note discusses two groups of claims which have been brought against the … Continue reading

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