Curzon Green were successful in securing their client substantial damages in compensation for an injury he sustained during a Judo grading session. The claimant suffered a fracture to his humerus and related nerve damage as a result of a collision with an unpadded brick wall close to the fighting area. The case involved consideration of whether the defendant, a judo club, had followed the relevant health and safety guidelines as recommended by the sport’s governing body. Acting on a no-win-no-fee basis, our solicitors were able to negotiate a five-figure settlement shortly after issuing proceedings, despite the defendant’s denial of liability. Costs will also be recoverable.
Jessica Bass and Victoria Simon recently secured a successful settlement for their client acting in a discrimination claim under the Equality Act 2010. The claim was against two responsible bodies that provide education for students under section 91 of the Equality Act 2010, in relation to the treatment our client received during their training placement.
Acting on a no-win-no-fee basis, Curzon Green assisted in bringing claims for breach of contract, bullying, harassment, victimisation and direct discrimination against the responsible bodies in the way that they provided education to our client, afforded access to education and by subjecting our client to detriments throughout the course. The Defendants denied liability in pre-action correspondence and proceedings were subsequently issued, which both Defendants defended. The case involved complex arguments relating to the legal status of the Defendants under the Equality Act 2010 and the relationship between them, particularising the acts of discrimination against each of the Defendants, limitation of those acts and assessing the causal link between the discriminatory acts of each of the Defendants and our client’s losses.
The claim settled prior to a case management conference taking place and the five-figure settlement sum included compensation for our client’s losses and injury to feelings, and also included a settlement for our client’s legal costs.
Lauren McLaughlin and Victoria Simon recently assisted an employee in appealing a gross misconduct dismissal, which was upheld and resulted in their employment being re-instated with immediate effect.
An allegation had been made about the employee’s conduct at work, which the employee denied and believed there had been a misunderstanding. The employee was suspended with pay whilst an investigation into the allegation took place. At the conclusion of the investigation and disciplinary process, the employer decided that the employee would be dismissed. At first glance, the employer appeared to follow a fair process when investigating the allegation. However, Curzon Green assisted the employee prepare robust grounds of appeal challenging the severity of the sanction and highlighting inconsistencies with how other employees had been treated.
After considering the appeal grounds, the employer agreed to overturn its gross misconduct decision. It decided to reinstate the employee’s employment and to pay full pay for the period since the (unfair) dismissal. Curzon Green were pleased to assist the employee during what was a very uncertain and stressful time in their life, and were thrilled that our client achieved their desired outcome swiftly. Re-instatement is not often offered, particularly in alleged gross misconduct situations. Timely legal advice in this case helped maintain the employee’s reputation and achieve a fair outcome.
Acting on a no-win-no-fee basis, Lee Silk recently secured a successful settlement for his clients acting in a professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors, who provided negligent advice regarding a residential property purchase. During their instruction, the firm failed to advise them about a specific feature at the property which was in breach of Environmental Agency Rules at the time. It was only after completion they discovered that a substantial adjustment needed to be made to the property to ensure it was compliant with the relevant rules, and that the firm had failed to advise them of this issue prior to contracts being exchanged. Had the clients known about this issue at the property and the costs they would need to incur to remedy the issue, they would have negotiated a discount on the purchase price or requested that the vendor fixed this issue prior to completion. As a result of the firm’s negligent advice, they lost the chance to seek to negotiate a discount on the purchase price and suffered loss remedying the property after completion.The firm denied liability in pre-action correspondence and proceedings were subsequently issued, which the firm defended. The case involved complex arguments relating to causation and loss and whether the Court would assess damages on a “loss of chance” basis. The claim settled prior a case management conference taking place. The settlement allows the clients to remedy the issue and pays for the clients’ legal costs.
Acting on a no-win-no-fee basis, Curzon Green recently secured a significant settlement for their client who suffered serious Category 4 pressure sores following a stay in hospital which in turn had led to greatly reduced mobility. The case involved complex arguments relating to causation which required a number of expert reports to be obtained and analysed. Careful consideration was also given to quantum as the client had substantial future care needs to be met by both private care workers and family members. The case was successfully settled through a formal mediation, with the client due to receive £90,000 in damages, plus his legal fees.