The following Personal Injury guidance note Produced in partnership with Andrew Wilson provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The purpose of these Practice Notes is to provide a guide to the main issues and challenges facing the practitioner when dealing with a claim arising from a road accident which occurred in the European Union. Claimant practitioners are often approached by potential clients who have had accidents resulting in personal injuries while travelling on the roads of the European Union. Typically, though not without exception, the client will have been a passenger travelling in a car driven by a family member or friend.
jurisdiction—whether the courts of England and Wales have jurisdiction over the claim; and if so
applicable law—the laws of which country are to be applied to the various issues arising
This first Practice Note sets out, in general terms, the principles applied to determination of these fundamental issues in European accident cases, while the second Practice Note: Applicable law for road accidents claims in the EU focuses on the application of rules more specific to road accident cases.
As will be set out below, the first step to addressing both questions is the identification of the correct defendant. Often, this will seem a straightforward matter, such as where the injured passenger can point to the negligence of the driver of the car in which he was being carried.
However, as will be seen in
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