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Cardiff Professor presents at ‘Current Legal Problems’ series

16 October 2017

Personal Injury Claim

Professor Richard Lewis has been invited by University College London to deliver a lecture as part of their ‘Current Legal Problems’ series.

The ‘Current Legal Problems’ lecture series takes place annually and was established over sixty years ago. Covering all areas of legal sponsorship and featuring a wide range of methodological approaches to law, the series emphasises contemporary developments which makes it a major point of reference for legal scholarship.

Professor Lewis will present his lecture ‘‘Humanity in Tort: Does Personality Affect Personal Injury Litigation?" as part of the series in February 2018.

The event will be chaired by a High Court judge and the paper on which the lecture is based will be published by the UCL law journal.

Professor Lewis’s paper examines whether the character of those involved in litigation affects the outcome of claims irrespective of the legal rules: does the personality or background of a claimant or defendant influence whether an action succeeds and how much damages are then paid? The lecture challenges traditional perspectives of tort where it is often implicit that claims are resolved only on the basis of the rules on liability and damages. It also investigates the contested area of ‘compensation culture’ and the ‘settlement mills’ which have been created by law firms to deal with injury claims in bulk.

To find out more about the lecture and to reserve your place please visit the University of College London website.

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