14 November 2019 – USA airline crew over the limit

Strangely, given the reputation of the USA for harsh penalties, the response to their crew members who get into difficulty with alcohol is interesting.  Generally, employees are offered support, a rehab clinic and encouraged to address their problems with a view to keeping their jobs. 

We have represented a number of crew members at Uxbridge Magistrates Court who have been referred by their union.  In our latest case the cabin crew member was more than 5 times over the prescribed limit.  Remarkably, the court was persuaded to sentence by way of a fine allowing an extremely happy client to take the first plane back home following excellent representation by our solicitor colleague, Martin Davidson, instructed by Liani Holland.

30 July 2019 – Last Minute Claim

Graham Brierton was instructed by an elderly client regarding a serious injury sustained while working in a voluntary capacity for an organisation.  Unfortunately the client had left the matter until 2 weeks before the expiry of the 3 year limitation period.  Graham very quickly took instructions and issued protective proceedings obtaining an early admission of liability from the organisation’s insurers. We are pleased that within 7 months of starting the claim we recovered substantial damages for our grateful client.

A lesson to be learned is that claims like this should never be left until the last moment as it is not always possible to prepare a claim at such short notice.