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News, Blog 15th September 2023

Interim Payments – The Low-Down (including some practical tips)

WHAT IS AN INTERIM PAYMENT? An Interim Payment (“IP”) is defined in CPR 25.1(1)(k) as a “payment by a defendant on account of any damages, debt or other sum (except costs) which the court may hold the defendant liable to pay”. In effect, it is a sum of money advanced to a claimant from the […]

News, Blog 29th August 2023

Santiago v Motor Insurers’ Bureau [2023] EWCA Civ 838 – considerations re access to justice can affect the recoverability of disbursements

The Court of Appeal ruling in Aldred v Cham [2019] EWCA Civ 1780, is often relied upon by defendants in road traffic accident claims that cease to continue under the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents 2013 (RTA Protocol) – specifically, as to the recoverability of disbursements pursuant to […]

News, Blog 7th August 2023

Gohil v Advantage Insurance Company – What is a genuine offer of settlement?

Anyone who has any familiarity with fixed-cost personal injury litigation on the fast track will be well familiar with the provisions of CPR Part 36. That part provides that a party can make an offer which will have punitive consequences if it is not beaten by the other side at trial. Part 36 contains numerous […]

News 17th July 2023

Shona Love, Alex McHugh and Annabel Hazlitt to join Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Shona Love, Alex McHugh and Annabel Hazlitt have all accepted offers of tenancy and will join chambers in October, following the successful completion of their respective pupillages. Shona Love accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. Before coming to the Bar, Shona spent several years as […]

News, Blog 29th June 2023
James Byrne on The practical application of Practice Direction 51Z; Issues that may arise

The transit of Venus – costs budgeting, is what you’re billing for really progressing the litigation?

The recent decision of Hadley v Przybylo (2023) EWHC 1392 (KB) gives practitioners a steer on what a court is likely to consider what costs cannot form part of a budget. The issue here was not the principle of whether a proportion of the costs in issue were unreasonable or proportionate but whether they were […]

News 14th June 2023

Louisa Simpson authorised to take Direct Access clients

Louisa Simpson has qualified and been authorised by the Bar Council to accept instructions directly from members of the public (“Direct Access”). If you need legal advice or representation in the courts or tribunals, it is possible to directly contact Louisa to work with you under the direct access scheme, enabling you to instruct Louisa […]

News 31st March 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Pump Court Chambers welcomes members of Stour to create southern super set

A major, multi-practice chambers reaching across London, Kent, Hampshire and Wiltshire, has emerged after Pump Court Chambers welcomed the members of Stour Chambers in Canterbury. The former members of Stour Chambers will be joining Pump Court Chambers from 3 April 2023, creating a combined membership of 120 barristers and 24 members of staff spread across […]

Blog 27th March 2023

Part 36: Is there any value in a split liability offer?

In the recent case of Mundy v TUI UK Ltd [2023] EWHC 385 (Ch), the High Court (Collins Rice J) provided helpful clarification about when Part 36 offers deal with an apportionment of liability. Mr Mundy went to Mexico on an all-inclusive holiday supplied by the Defendant, TUI. Unfortunately, Mr Mundy suffered from food poisoning […]

News 23rd February 2023
Christopher Stead

Christopher Stead joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is very pleased that Christopher Stead has accepted an offer of tenancy, following the successful completion of his third six pupillage. He is the second new tenant to join Chambers this year. Christopher practised as a tenant in the business and property team at Kings Chambers (Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham), having undertaken […]

Blog 2nd February 2023

Mixed Injuries post Whiplash Reforms – Where are we now?

The much awaited judgment in the mixed injury test cases of Rabot v Hassam and Briggs v Laditan [2023] EWCA Civ 19 was handed down by the Court of Appeal on 20 January 2023. However, the divided judgment in these leap frog appeals is likely to raise as many questions as it answers and will […]

News 1st December 2022

Pump Court Chambers launches Personal Injury Online Resource

We are delighted to launch the first in our series of short, bite-sized webinars, designed as an introduction to practical subjects for practitioners with less than 3 years’ experience improve their skills in personal injury litigation. The Autumn series of webinars includes: The RTA Protocol: Louisa Simpson Credit Hire – A Beginners Guide: Henry Hawkesworth […]

News 25th November 2022

LOUISA SIMPSON SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS TWO FUNDAMENTAL DISHONESTY CLAIMS THIS WEEK

Louisa Simpson, who is currently completing her Third Six in Chambers’ Civil Team, represented claimants in two Fast Track Personal Injury (RTA) claims this week. In both cases, the Defendant argued the Claimant had been fundamentally dishonest in relation to their injuries –allegations which Louisa successfully defended. In Claim 1, the Defendant argued the Claimant […]

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