T v C & Ors
This was a High Court claim in which Lionel Stride (instructed by Rebecca Smith and Julie Straughan at Irwin Mitchell) acted on behalf of the dependants of a pilot and his wife who tragically died in light aircraft crash in 2015. The primary claim (pleaded at over £4 million) was brought against the constructor, kit and engine providers and Light Aircraft Association in negligence and/or under the CPA; with a secondary claim (adopting the defences of the primary defendants) in negligence (on behalf of the dependents of the wife) against the estate of the pilot.
Breach of duty, causation and quantum all remained in dispute, complicated by expert aviation, engineering and metallurgical evidence from the defendants challenging the conclusions of an AAIB investigation. Settlement was achieved after a 13-hour mediation. The contributing parties and amount of the settlement remain confidential.