The National Personal Injury Court continues to grow its jurisprudence. Decisions have been appearing in much more regularity with the number reported in 2017 already exceeding those in 2016. Two recent cases involving the certification of expert witnesses, modification of expenses, and sanction for Counsel, are discussed below.
The case of PT Civil Engineering v Davies (2017) EWHC 1651 (QB) provides an interesting example of the application of the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur i.e. that the accident itself is evidence of negligence on the part of the defendant.
The recent case of the Department for Communities and Local Government v Shirley Francis Blackmore (Executrix of the Estate of Cyril Leonard Hollow, Deceased)  EWCA Civ 1136 provides a good example of how the Court has dealt with contributory negligence in disease claims.
The Scottish Government has now introduced the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill seeks to introduce Sheriff Principal Taylor's Review of Expenses and Funding of Civil Litigation in Scotland which recommended a fundamental change in the way that expenses are awarded within Scotland.