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Summary of Recent Cases, December 2018

15/12/18. Here is a summary of the recent notable court cases over the past month. You can also receive these for free by registering for our PI Brief Update newsletter. Just select "Free Newsletter" from the menu at the top of this page and fill in your email address.

Summary of Recent Cases - Substantive Law

Kelly Wallett v Michael Vickers [2018] EWHC 3088 (QB):
Wallett v Vickers represents the latest development in the growing seam of caselaw on the illegality defence in the context of road traffic accidents. The Claimant's partner had died in a car crash whilst driving at speed. At first instance, Mr Recorder Kirtley concluded that the Claimant's claim for damages was barred by the principle of ex turpi causa. The Claimant appealed.

In giving judgment, Males J considered the case of Gray v Thames Trains Ltd [2009] UKHL 33. It was noted that in Gray, the offence in question had been manslaughter, which was a very serious offence and in that case the question of whether all criminal offences would constitute turpitude had...

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