Ten most momentous cases
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Here are ten momentous cases, argued by barristers, which have influenced the law and the way we live.
This case gave the world through British law an independent jury.
Woolmington v DPP
R v Woolmington (1935) This case set the law on how far the prosecution must prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" its case in order to get a conviction.
Dimes v Grand Junction Canal
Thanks to this case a judge isn’t allowed to have a stake in the outcome of a case he’s judging.
Carill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company
Carlill V Carbolic Smoke Ball Co (1893) The case that ruled that newspaper adverts can sometimes result in contracts.
Donoghue v Stevenson
Donoghue v Stevenson (1932) The first case of negligence, setting the standard of care we owe to each other in law.
Associated Provincial Picture v Wednesbury Corporation
Associated Provincial Picture Houses v Wednesbury Corporation (1948) This case decided that it can be unlawful for public officials to make unreasonable decisions.
Bolam v Friern Hospital Management
Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Committee (1957) A case that decided at what point patients can and cannot sue a doctor.
R v Blaue
A court ruled that a defendant could not be acquitted for blaming his victim’s fate on their belief system.
Terence Sutherland v Penelope Hatton
Places onus on employers when an employee contracts stress-related illnessess in the workplace.
R v D (2006)
A bully may be guilty of manslaughter if their victim commits suicide.