A sad tale in the Law Gazette last week (also in other media) about cyclist Robert Hazledean facing bankruptcy after a four-year litigation battle over a claim arising from a collision between him and a pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered injury, but was held partially liable through negligence, and her claim was halved to around £4000. Apart from the claim Hazledean is facing bankruptcy due to legal costs of a further £13,000, as well as a claim for costs by the claimant’s lawyers of around £100,000.
Hazledean has stated that the last four years have been a nightmare.
I have no idea whether mediation was ever advised or considered. If not it should have been as this matter could have been resolved quickly, and without the stress of confrontation and large fees.
You can see the story here: