Judiciary issues warning to government over impact of PI reform – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2017 in consultations, insurance, judiciary, news, small claims by tracey

‘The judiciary has weighed into the debate about raising the small claims limit for personal injury by expressing “serious dismay” about the lack of consultation with judges and warning the government that any savings are likely to be outweighed by the significant extra burden litigants in person (LiPs) will put on the small claims court.’

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Legal Futures, 19th January 2017

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How an EU gender equality ruling widened inequality – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2017 in EC law, equality, insurance, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘It said car insurance firms couldn’t discriminate between the sexes … since then men have seen a four-fold rise in premiums.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2017

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Insurance firm fined over data breach – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 12th, 2017 in data protection, fines, insurance, news, theft by tracey

‘An insurance firm has been fined by the UK’s data protection watchdog over the theft from its premises of a storage device containing information on nearly 60,000 customers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2017

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Court orders exemplary damages in fundamental dishonesty case – Litigation Futures

Posted January 11th, 2017 in accidents, costs, damages, fraud, insurance, judges, news, road traffic by sally

‘A district judge in Manchester has made an award of exemplary damages after finding road traffic accident claimants guilty of bringing fundamentally dishonest claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th January 2017

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A technology top ten for 2017 – Technology Law Update

‘What should we expect in the technology space in 2017?

We take a look at current trends and focus on some of the legal opportunities and pitfalls that they present.’

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Technology Law Update, 6th January 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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Government forecast on impact of PI reforms “skewed against lawyers”, say economists – Legal Futures

‘The government’s own assessment of the impact of its planned personal injury reforms “makes the implicit assumption that solicitors, and the civil justice system as a whole, produce no benefits to society”, according to independent economists.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2017

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When is an injury not an injury? – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 1st, 2016 in evidence, industrial injuries, insurance, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘The overworking of the de minimis argument in noise-induced hearing loss claims shows the need for proper evidental preparaton and some clearer guidance from the senior courts following Rothwell.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 21st November 2016

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Insurance surgery: A call to action over construction costs – New Law Journal

Posted November 29th, 2016 in construction industry, insurance, news, reports by sally

‘How can losses incurred from construction & engineering disputes be avoided, asks Paul Lowe.’

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New Law Journal, 23rd November 2016

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Cold calling, whiplash reform and IPT – Autumn Statement angers claimant lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted November 24th, 2016 in budgets, insurance, news, personal injuries, solicitors, taxation, telecommunications by tracey

‘Claimant personal injury lawyers have been left questioning why the government was prepared to announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement that it is to ban cold-calling in relation to pensions, but not to stop it in personal injury – and whether Chancellor Philip Hammond let slip that the whiplash reforms are already a done deal.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2016

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New crackdown on whiplash claims set to cut insurance premiums – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in consultations, fraud, insurance, personal injuries, press releases by tracey

‘Millions of motorists could see their car insurance cut by about £40 a year thanks to plans to crackdown on the epidemic of whiplash claims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2016

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Whiplash reaction: claimant lawyers vent fury at government – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2016 in compensation, consultations, evidence, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Today’s announcement of government plans to reform personal injury claims has predictably split the market, with claimant representatives incensed and defendants pleased.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2016

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Home Secretary’s speech to the FCA’s Financial Crime Conference – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd gave a speech on economic crime at the Financial Conduct Authority annual crime conference on 10 November 2016.’

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Home Office, 14th November 2016

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CA ruling on fixed fees to have ‘substantial’ effect – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 14th, 2016 in civil procedure rules, costs, damages, fees, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal delivered some good news to claimants last week with a ruling on the level of fees that apply to cases listed for disposal, in a decision that Lord Justice Briggs said would have a “substantial” cumulative effect.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th November 2016

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Short-term Lettings and the Sharing Economy – Tanfield Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in health & safety, insurance, landlord & tenant, news, planning by sally

‘The beginning of 2016 has seen much focus on the buy to let market with the changes to the tax implications for those purchasers who already own property. The Government has announced further changes to come for buy to let landlords – might budding landlords seek to overcome these changes by exploring opportunities for shorter lets of their own homes, or alternatively, rooms in their own homes?’

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Tanfield Chambers, 6th October 2016

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Exemplary Damages in the Tort of Deceit – Park Square Barristers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in civil procedure rules, costs, damages, deceit, fraud, insurance, news by sally

‘On the 1st November 2016 at Manchester County Court Toby Coupe, instructed by Toby Evans (Partner, Keoghs LLP) and Richard Harvey (Senior Claims Handler, Zurich Insurance PLC) to act on behalf of Zurich Insurance PLC (‘Zurich’), obtained an order that the Claimants and the Second Defendant do pay Zurich £5,000 in exemplary damages and £16,844.04 in indemnity costs, such costs to be enforceable to the full extent of the Order pursuant to CPR 44.16 (1), on the basis that the claims had been found to be fundamentally dishonest.’

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Park Square Barristers, 2nd November 2016

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Supreme Court to hear trio of cases on continuing success fee and ATE recoverability – Litigation Futures

Posted October 28th, 2016 in costs, fees, insurance, news, precedent, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has consolidated three cases on whether the continuing recoverability of additional liabilities in publication and privacy cases are incompatible with publishers’ rights to freedom of expression.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th October 2016

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Supreme Court upholds clause excluding professional indemnity cover for commercial arrangements – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 27th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, insurance, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘Loans provided to the clients of a firm of solicitors by a third party funder were not ‘legal services’, and so were not covered by the terms of the firm’s professional indemnity (PI) policy, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2016

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High Court rejects security for costs application in face of £5m ATE policy – Litigation Futures

Posted October 25th, 2016 in civil procedure rules, costs, insurance, news by michael

‘The High Court has accepted after-the-event (ATE) insurance cover of £5m as sufficient to dismiss an application for security for costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th October 2016

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Insurers gloomy as Truss ditches whiplash reform plans – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2016 in fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Justice secretary Liz Truss has shelved plans for a major overhaul of the personal injury sector, the Gazette has learned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th October 2016

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Regulatory focus on data access restrictions could impact Uber, retailers, insurers and car manufacturers, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2016 in competition, data protection, EC law, financial regulation, insurance, news, privacy by sally

‘Retailers, insurers, car manufacturers and the fast-growing software company Uber are among the businesses that should take note of the increased regulatory scrutiny being placed on restrictions of access to data.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2016

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