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Amanda Yip QC
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Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Barrister
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I perhaps should not be surprised that the Lord Chancellor’s announcement yesterday that the discount rate was to be reset at minus 0.75% was greeted with headlines about rising insurance costs and “ambulance-chasing lawyers”. It is disappointing though that issues that may be the subject of legitimate debate are being... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Serious Injury Claims
When I took silk a male QC congratulated me warmly before bemoaning that a friend of his had failed in his application and the “daft” reason given was that he had not met the “Diversity” competency. The underlying suggestion was that this was political correctness unfairly designed to slant the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Life in the Law
It has been a while since I have posted anything on my blog. Why? Well juggling the demands of life outside the Bar meant that I needed to cut back on some things and the blog wasn’t right up there on my list of priorities. Family life has been particularly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Life in the Law
A small piece in The Times today caught my eye. It reported that "Women are finally cracking the glass ceiling of the judiciary, with record numbers being appointed to the upper judicial ranks ..." Nearly half (47%) of the 263 candidates recently recommended for appointment by the Judicial Appointments Commission... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Life in the Law
In the previous post, I commented on Monday night's Newsnight programme and praised the two knowledgeable experts who appeared on that programme. Perhaps the real star of the show though was Kate Allatt, a brain injury survivor and someone who has experienced rehabilitation first hand. As a result of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
Monday night's Newsnight included a feature on brain injury rehabilitation, revealing some real concerns about treatment in some supposedly specialist brain injury units. For those who did not see it, it is available on iPlayer until 25.11.13 so catch it while you can. It is a short piece but definitely... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
APIL/PIBA 9 - the new standard form for conditional fee agreements between solicitors and Counsel - has much to commend it. Short and sweet, it provides an easy to complete form that can be used for all levels of P.I. litigation. However, one size rarely fits all and it is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
The recent Court of Appeal case R v Farooqi [2013] EWCA Crim 1649 makes pretty dismal reading. The outgoing Lord Chief Justice delivered a judgment containing stinging criticism of the conduct of one of the defence Counsel in a terrorism trial. Budding advocates might like to read the judgment as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at Life in the Law
I admire Melanie Reid and always read her "Spinal column" (The Times Magazine). Having suffered a riding accident in April 2010, she provides real insight into the realities of living with spinal cord injury. Her "tell it as it is" style is refreshing and thought-provoking; well worth a read for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
Practising in the field I do, I know only too well how everything can change in an instant. An accident occurs on the journey to work and suddenly the day to day worries have fallen away to be replaced literally by matters of life and death. When disaster does strike,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at Life in the Law
When looking for an advocate for a serious and complex claim it may be natural to ask about trial experience. There is no doubt that a reported win may provide some useful marketing for a barrister. There may also be other benefits. Those looking for advancement – into silk or... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
Mediation is a growing area. This week, all judges received the "Jackson A.D.R. Handbook" which encourages all judges and all lawyers to think about and make use of mediation as a real credible alternative to litigation. However, so far it has not really taken off in the personal injury field.... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
A wise and very experienced judge recently told me that one of his golden rules was "never become a litigant yourself"! Sensible advice. Most sane people think twice before jumping into a legal dispute. However, suffer a serious injury that is not your fault and (on top of all the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
Lord Neuberger has raised concerns about 'subconscious bias' in the appointment of women judges. Is subconscious bias at play and, if so, where does it come from? Like Lord Neuberger, I do not favour positive discrimination. I agree that it would be patronising to have a special place for women... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Life in the Law
A student recently told me “many lecturers feel advocacy is a dying profession”. It will not come as a great surprise to learn that I don’t agree! Advocacy remains an important skill and one where it is truly possible to make a difference - to people’s lives; to businesses and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Life in the Law
This week 84 barristers have been celebrating their appointment to the rank of QC. Rather like when there is a new intake at secondary school, those of us in the second and third year have been only too keen to pass on our considerable experience to the new boys and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Life in the Law
In theory an unrepresented claimant might be able to use the Protocol but the whole system is geared up towards the Portal which is only for those with representation. Even if you wanted to get into that system, I'm not sure where the forms are given the link from the MOJ site has apparently been deleted! Certainly, the insurers don't provide a handly link on their website! I still think the cost of whiplash claims overall is too high but the real escalation came pre-2003 in response to political changes supposedly designed to reduce the cost of claims to society!
Last November I had a minor whiplash injury when hit from behind. I found myself consoling the 17 year old driver who had written his car off just two months after passing his test and pointing out that was what his very expensive insurance for. My 13 year old daughter... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Life in the Law
As Junior Counsel I thought one of my most important roles was drafting a really good Schedule of Loss. As a silk I have been able to pass that baton to others. Another thing about being a silk is being able to get your Junior to do the hard work... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
It is 2013. Feminism has come a long way. Yet still we are bombarded by comment about the role of women in society. Is it time to stop investing so much energy in the debate and just to get on with making it work? Maybe everyone is really striving for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at Life in the Law
If someone in your family suffered a serious brain injury you would probably be rather upset if you were told that, in order to keep costs down, the experienced consultant neurosurgeon would be leaving the patient’s care to a medical student. Serious cases call for experienced professionals with a high... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
I am a QC practising in personal injury and medical law. I am also the mother of three busy teenagers and I juggle work and family life as best I can. There are times when I look at my “to do” list and wonder how I will possibly fit it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Life in the Law
This week I have had two separate requests from law students for tips to help them become clinical negligence barristers. So Rebecca and Kendyl, this post is for you. I hope it may be useful to other law students who want to get into this interesting and rewarding line of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Life in the Law
This headline in the January edition of Counsel Magazine caught my attention and led me to the comments of Professor Dame Hazel Genn QC on the possible downsides of alternative dispute resolution. Delivering the 36th F A Mann Lecture, Dame Hazel spoke about the “vanishing trial phenomenon” and warned that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at Serious Injury Claims
It is sad to read of the case of Kenny Ng currently proceeding in the British Columbia Supreme Court. Mr Ng suffered a severe brain injury seven years ago and has apparently been in a vegetative state since. His wife now wishes nutrition to be withdrawn and for Kenny to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Serious Injury Claims