Fatal Cases: Assessing Dependency under FAA


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This is the first of a two-part webinar series on Fatal Cases. This webinar will address the issue of Assessing Dependency under the Fatal Accidents Act and will get you updated on all the latest arguments.

After watching our Webinar you will have learnt all about:

  • The categories of dependent in s.1(3)
  • The further requirements before potential dependents are able to pursue dependency claims
  • The evidence needed to establish a financial dependency
  • The relevance of cultural and community expectations to dependency claims
  • The relevant time when the dependency is established
  • The latest arguments concerning the position of co-habitees and the provisions of the FAA
  • The relevance and arguments surrounding the Harris v Empress Motors formula for assessing dependency
  • The latest arguments relating to Services claims and claims for intangible benefits

  We will be discussing:

  • Who is a dependent under the FAA s.1(3)
  • Establishing the Financial Dependency
    • Cultural expectations
  • When is the Dependency crystalized?
  • Co-habitees
    • 2 year residence requirement
    • ECHR Challenge
  • Level of Dependency –Harris v Empress Motors Formula
  • Intangible Benefits
  • Services

Book this Webinar if you want to be able to:

  • Advise on those who may have a dependency claim
  • Make decisions on the realistic prospects for each dependent to establish a financial dependency
  • Collect the evidence needed to establish a financial dependency
  • Advise on the realistic level of dependency as result of the dependents and the deceased’s culture and community expectations
  • Present the dependency arguments to your opponent most effectively regardless of subsequent events in the life of the dependent
  • Advise cohabitee’s of the realistic dependency claims that might be made
  • Assess when the Harris v Empress Motors formula is relevant
  • Advise and present arguments to your opponent in relation to Services claims and claims for intangible benefits


This webinar is now available as a recording and you can access it whenever you wish. The recording link can be accessed for a whole year after the initial presentation. Our delegates will also receive the power point presentation slides used by our trainer during the webinar presentation.

Your Trainer  

Fatal Cases: Assessing Dependency under FAANicky Carter is a self-employed Solicitor and Legal Trainer and has been delivering training for us since 2010.



Prices for MASS Members are £75 for a single view and £150 for a group view

Prices for Non Members are £95 for a single view and £190 for a group view

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