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New Walk Barristers Chambers Sponsors Leicester Tigers

08 May 2013, 17:44 by John Snell

Labels: barrister, barristers-chambers, contracts, cricket, direct-access, lawyer, leicester, leicester-tigers, personal-injury, public-access, rugby, solicitor, sports-law

New Walk Barristers Chambers sponsored the Leicester Tigers versus Wasps rugby game in April at Welford Road, Leicester. The day was a huge success and was topped off by a resounding win by the Leicester Tigers. The final score was 35 - 16. Chambers has previously sponsored Leicester Tigers and Leicestershire County Cricket Club and enjoys it's links with the sports world. Several Barristers at Chambers deal with sports law including contracts and personal injury and they can take instructions either from a solicitor or directly from a lay client under the direct access or public access rules.


Direct Access, Public Access Extension into family and crime

14 Jan 2011, 12:21 by John Snell

Labels: careless-driving, direct-access, drink-driving, employment, lawyers, licensing, personal-injury, public-access, reckless-driving, speeding-offences

The extension of direct access or public access, as it is also known, into the areas of family and crime has meant that there has been a significant increase in work for barristers in these fields. In criminal work this has been particularly noticeable with road traffic offences such as drink driving, speeding offences, careless driving and reckless driving seeing the main growth. There has also been a substantial increase in people looking for licensing lawyers and employment lawyers through direct access, public access. However, probably the greatest area of growth in the direct access, public access barristers scheme is with clients searching for a personal injury lawyer to conduct their case.

 Anyone wishing to instruct a barrister in a direct access, public access case can find more information on our direct access page.


Are horse owners strictly liable for personal injuries caused by their horses?

29 Apr 2009, 14:14 by Nathalie Bull

Labels: barrister, equine, horse, law, liability, personal-injury

In the case of Mirvahedy v Henley [2003] UKHL 16, the House of Lords confirmed that strict liability could arise under section 2(2) of the The Animals Act 1971 where personal injuries are caused by a horse which, although not behaving at the time of the accident in a way that is normal for the species, is nevertheless normal for animals of the species in the particular circumstances. In this case horses escaped from their field, bolted for a distance of over a mile onto a dual carriageway and struck a car, causing the driver to suffer serious personal injury. The horse owner was strictly liable for the damages.

However, cases following Mirvahedy, such as Freeman v Higher Park Farm [2008] All ER (D) 310, have demonstrated that decisions on strict liability are highly fact sensitive. The case of Freeman concerned a bucking horse which caused its rider to fall. This case failed on the basis of the lack of evidence that horses generally buck at particular times or in particular circumstances. In any event, the rider was excepted from liability under s.2 by s.5(2) as the rider was said to have voluntarily assumed the risk of damage by continuing to ride a horse which had already bucked during the same ride.

In conclusion, thorough factual analysis of every potential equine related personal injury claim is essential in order to determine whether a horse owner will be strictly liable for personal injuries caused by their horse.

 Written by Nathalie Bull, Barrister at New Walk Chambers, specialising in Equine Law.


Andrew Willetts - New Websites

14 Oct 2008, 17:20 by Andrew Willetts

Labels: barrister, cornwall, coroners-court, devon, lawyer, midlands, personal-injury, public-access, south-west

Andrew Willetts, barrister at New Walk Chambers in Leicester, is pleased to announce the launch of five new websites aimed at making it easier for clients to contact him and his Chambers. Andrew is a specialist civil practitioner who works extensively both in the Midlands and the South West, and since August 2008 also undertakes Public Access work.


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