PGMBM launch challenge to Government’s hotel quarantine policy

In response to the news that the Government would be enforcing a mandatory hotel quarantine policy, PGMBM is preparing to launch a legal challenge to stand up for the human rights of those entering the UK.   We believe that the hotel quarantine policy is unlawful in a number of different respects and should therefore be subject to judicial review.  Tom Goodhead, Barrister and Managing Partner of […]

UK Supreme Court allows appeal in a group litigation involving Shell

In a ground-breaking judgment, the UK Supreme Court allowed an appeal in a group litigation against the oil and gas company Shell plc. The decision will allow 42,500 Nigerian victims to continue their fight for justice in England. Quest for justice Following a hearing held in June 2020, the UK Supreme Court last week allowed […]

GDPR: Your data, under your command

At PGMBM, one of our specialist areas of practice is data breach litigation. We are currently helping the victims of a number of data breaches receive justice and compensation. We understand the legalities surrounding data handling and the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/67 (GDPR) can often feel overwhelming, so we have shared our expertise to help create a better understanding of the matter.    The […]

Over a million vehicles failed MOTs in 2020 due to exhaust emissions

Red car exhaust smoke

A record number of vehicles failed their MOT tests in 2020 due to issues relating to potentially harmful exhaust emissions. Sources indicate that 1.3 million vehicles were implicated, with diesel cars guilty of the most significant surge in emission failures. The survey suggests that failures in 2020 increased by more than 70% when compared to […]

British Airways Data Breach Claim becomes biggest of its kind in the UK

The 2018 BA Data Breach Claim has become the largest group action personal data claim in UK history, with over 16,000 victims seeking compensation from the airline. PGMBM are the lead solicitors in the group litigation case against British Airways on behalf of victims. We expect that victim compensation could be up to £2,000, putting […]

Sorry, I don’t speak Legalese: Barristers v Solicitors

There is often some confusion in the difference between barristers and solicitors. Put simply, barristers tend to represent clients in court, and solicitors tend to carry out a majority of their legal work in an office setting. There are, however, exceptions in each case. What is a Barrister? Barristers, commonly also referred to as ‘counsel’, […]

Sorry, I don’t speak Legalese: Precedent

What Does Precedent Mean?  Precedent is when a previous court decision is considered to be a ‘rule’ for deciding or influencing subsequent cases involving similar issues or facts. After a precedent is set, the courts are bound to apply the law to all future cases which follow the same pattern of facts. Types of Precedent  […]

Sorry, I don’t speak Legalese: Breach

What is a Breach?  A breach is the act of someone breaking, of failing to observe, their legal obligations. A contract can be breached in whole or in part.  In the case of a data breach, a trusted company can violate their legal obligations to a customer by having insufficient data security and not treating […]

Inquest labels ‘air pollution’ as cause of death for first time ever

After a fresh inquest into the death of a nine-year-old girl concluded that she died as a result of air pollution, theories surrounding the relationship between pollution and ill-health haven been forced into a sickening reality.  Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah is the first person in the UK, and possibly even the world, to have air pollution listed as her cause of death.  […]

Sorry, I don’t speak Legalese: Settlement

What is a settlement? A settlement is a resolution reached by the parties involved in a case, rather than one ordered by a judge. Settlements are often achieved through negotiations, or some other form of dispute resolution, and can be reached before or after a judge-led trial begins. Many civil cases are completed in this […]