Lawyers representing a businessman whose parked McLaren ‘supercar’ was badly scratched by a passing tractor have won him more than £45,000 in compensation from motor insurers. The award included the full cost of hiring a top-end Mercedes whilst the McLaren was being repaired.

The insurers admitted liability for the accident on the tractor driver’s behalf and paid the £11,000 cost of repairing the McLaren, which the businessman had only recently bought for £190,000. However, they refused to cover the full cost of hiring the Mercedes whilst the McLaren was in the body shop.

It was argued that the hire charges were unreasonable on the basis that there was no necessity to hire such a luxurious vehicle. The insurers pointed out that the businessman owned a number of other high-end cars, including two Aston Martins, that he could have driven whilst the McLaren was under repair.

In ruling in the businessman’s favour, however, a judge accepted that he…

LITIGATION NEWS

In a landmark litigation case, two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cab driver John Worboys have won the right to substantial compensation from the Metropolitan Police after the High Court ruled that ‘a series of systemic failures’ in the investigative process had caused avoidable delays in bringing him to justice.

Between 2002 and 2008, Worboys, who was jailed for life in 2009, carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults using alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victims. Two of their number – referred to as DSD and NBV – launched claims against the force, alleging that mishandling of the investigation amounted to a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bans inhuman or degrading treatment.

Their lawyers alleged that the force had failed to conduct a reasonable and efficient investigation into the assaults upon them and, as a result, failed to apprehend and secure the conviction of Worboys for an unreasonably long period of time, during which he…

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