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Leesmith v Evans QBD 1 February 2008 EWCH 134 QB

Ruth Booy acted on behalf of Mr Leesmith, a client who was an above knee amputee as a result of a motorbike accident.

Liability was admitted but the case went to trial on the single issue of future loss of earnings. The defendant argued that the career progression as presented by Mr Leesmith was too speculative.

The claimant argued against this and presented no less than 20 witnesses of fact who testified to Mr Leesmith’s ability and potential earning capacity as a lighting director in the entertainment industry.

His Honour Mr Justice Cooke accepted that the approach taken to calculate his future loss of earnings was correct and he allowed for variations over the whole period to be assessed when calculating future loss of earnings. This was one of the first reported cases following the introduction of the Ogden 6 adjustment tables.

David Melville QC who ran the case said: "[Ruth Booy was] imaginative, creative and prepared to pursue almost if not every one of Counsel’s wildest evidential suggestions if not demands."

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