The viscissitude of personal responsibility

Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas

(“Fortunate is he who can understand the causes of things”)[1]

  Causation is neither an exclusively philosophical problem nor a matter that only ever troubled the classical Roman poets. As a legal concept, it is pivotal in many areas of law, particularly within the law of negligence. Chiefly, this is explicable by the observation that causation often serves as the last line of defence open to wrongdoers. And yet, despite its apparent centrality in law, many judges still consider causation to be a matter of ‘common sense’. But it is worth remembering Lord Hoffmann’s extra-judicial observations in the Law Quarterly Review (2005) when commenting on Hart and Honoré’s Causation in Law published in 1959. According to Lord Hoffmann,

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£4.7 million for a broken leg?

Ben Collett is currently a student at Leeds University with a long term ambition of becoming a journalist. Yesterday, the Court of Appeal upheld his £4.7m damages award obtained against Middlesboro Football Club and one of their players, Gary Smith, last August.  As Middlesboro were relegated last season, in the absence of insurance cover, this judgement will no doubt add to their forthcoming financial woes. Continue reading £4.7 million for a broken leg?

Club v Player power

Newcastle United’s relegation into the Championship did not come as a surprise to many observers of football even if it may have been unexpected within the higher echelons of that Club. Why else would the management not insist on relegation wage-cut clauses in player contracts? Many of Toon’s players reportedly earn more than £50,000 a week and their combined wages of £74.6m make a healthy contribution to the Premier League’s £1.2 billion wage bill last season.[1]   Continue reading Club v Player power

The cost of Policing football

The tenuous link between Matuzalem and this blog entry is Dave Whelan, the current chairman of Wigan Athletic FC. Whelan is no stranger to litigation or calls for proper governance of the professional game. His team was intimately connected with the Webster ruling[1]  – the direct progenitor of Matuzalem; and his has been a strong voice in support of Sheffield United’s grievances and claims against West Ham in the continuing Carlos Tevez saga. Continue reading The cost of Policing football

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Matuzalem 0

On Wednesday 20th May 2009, Shakhtar Donetsk won the UEFA Cup beating Werder Bremen 2-1 after extra time. It is the first time a Ukrainian team has won that particular competition and they will be the last team to win it before its makeover as the Europa League next season. There were five Brazilians in the victorious Shakhtar team. One Brazilian not playing for them was Matuzalem Francelino de Silva, their captain during the 2006-07 season. Continue reading Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Matuzalem 0