Illegality in PI Claims

A consideration of illegability in PI claims

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Course Overview

Often referred to as the illegality defence, the legal doctrine Ex Turpi ensures that a claimant cannot pursue a civil claim that has arisen in connection with an illegal act which they have committed. This webinar will examine the defence of Ex Turpi causa in personal injury litigation.

This is a fast-moving area of PI practice, so it is essential that you are familiar with current arguments regarding illegality. During this 30-minute session lecturer Nicky Carter will discuss and answer the following questions:

·      Fraud and illegality are entirely separate issues - when should you be concerned?

  • Is Ex Turpi always a full defence?
  • When will Ex Turpi be a feasible defence for a defendant?
  • What should you look out for as problem areas?
  • What effect does an allegation of Ex Turpi have on an admission? 
  • How does ExTurpi impact in an MIB case?
  • What is the relationship between fatal accident claims and Ex Turpi

Ideal for those who would like to be able to make and assess settlement proposals, this course will not only ensure that you are up to date with recent case law in this area, it will also provide practical guidance on how to identify and risk-assess problem areas when taking initial instructions and will discuss what action can be taken should it become necessary to minimize negative features of the Claimant’s case.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the slides and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 - 1 CPD point (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Be aware of recent trends in respect of Ex-Turpi allegations
  • • Feel confident when advising clients regarding the impact and likely outcome of an Ex Turpi allegation
  • • Be familiar with the following case law:
  • • Smyly Agheampong v Allied Manufacturing (London) Ltd. CC (London) [2008]
  • • Beaumont v Ferrer [2016] EWCA Civ 768
  • • Blake v Croasdale [2017] EWHC 1336 (QB)
  • • Smith (by his Mother & Litigation Friend Bonner) v Stratton [2015] EWCA Civ 1413
  • • Delaney v Pickett [2011] EWCA Civ 1532
  • • McHugh v Okai-Koi [2017] EWHC 1346 (QB) (QBD)

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for qualified PI practitioners


About Instructor - Nicky Carter

Nicky has over 20 years experience as a claimant PI lawyer and works with a number of leading national firms and regularly presents courses for several of the country's largest providers of legal training. In addition she lectures on the BPTC and in the coming months will be lecturing on the CILEX level 3 and level 6 courses.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Quiz
  • Slides
    22 Page


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