Finally – insurers get it in the neck for not passing on whiplash savings – Legal Futures

‘The insurance industry had a taste of its own PR medicine over the weekend after The Times accused insurers of “cheating motorists” by not passing on whiplash savings.’

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Legal Futures, 30th August 2016

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Are you aware of the impact of the Insurance Act? – Legal Futures

Posted August 30th, 2016 in contracts, disclosure, fraud, insurance, legislation, news by sally

‘You may not have picked up on it, but the recent change to The Insurance Act 2015 is the most significant update to commercial insurance law in the last 100 years, overhauling principles originally laid down by the Marine Insurance Act 1906. The consequences are far-reaching and mean that it is not just your regulator that is interested in ensuring you have adequate risk management in place. Whilst insurers tell us the intention of the new Act is to create a more balanced relationship between insurer and customer, it seems to be a potential landmine for law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2016

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Insurance fraudster who tried to blame his solicitor jailed for eight months – Litigation Futures

Posted August 26th, 2016 in contempt of court, fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘A man who brought a fraudulent personal injury claim, and then tried to blame his solicitor for bringing the action without his knowledge, has been jailed for eight months for contempt of court.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th August 2016

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Fraudulent claims rule: when can an insurer avoid a claim? – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 24th, 2016 in appeals, fraud, insurance, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Versloot Dredging BV and another (Appellants) v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG and others (Respondents) [2016] UKSC 45 resolved one of the most contentious issues in modern insurance law.’

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Park Square Barristers, 29th July 2016

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Advertising watchdog raps CMC for misleading consumers about fees – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2016 in advertising, claims management, fees, insurance, news by sally

‘A claims management company in Manchester has become the latest to be slapped down by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after failing to make clear to potential customers that the amount of money they could receive was before its 33% fee was deducted.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2016

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‘Biggest overhaul’ of insurance law in over a century comes into force today – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 12th, 2016 in contracts, disclosure, insurance, misrepresentation, news by sally

‘Sweeping changes to UK commercial insurance law described as the “biggest overhaul since the introduction of the 1906 Marine Insurance Act” come into force today.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th August 2016

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What lies do to claims – the Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Twin doses of dishonesty in the Supreme Court, last month. Both raised dilemmas for the SC trying to steer a principled way (in different circumstances) towards determining the cost of lying.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th August 2016

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Claimant wins credit hire argument over ‘super car’ – Litigation Futures

Posted August 5th, 2016 in accidents, insurance, news, road traffic by tracey

‘A claimant who drove a top-of-the-range Mercedes while his McLaren supercar was being repaired has recovered the cost of the credit hire, despite owning other high-spec vehicles, including two Aston Martins.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th August 2016

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MIB hails Supreme Court ruling over damages for overseas accidents – Litigation Futures

‘The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has welcomed the clarity provided today by a Supreme Court ruling that damages for a UK resident badly injured by an uninsured driver in Greece should be assessed under Greek law.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd August 2016

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Claims Management Regulator – Misleading marketing statements – Ministry of Justice

‘We have put together a list of misleading statements which demonstrate some of the types of advertising and marketing that is not compliant with our rules.’

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Ministry of Justice, 29th July 2016

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Claimant who only beat part 36 offer because of post-Brexit fall in sterling denied usual rewards – Litigation Futures

Posted August 1st, 2016 in costs, EC law, indemnities, insurance, news, part 36 offers, referendums by Mark L

‘A claimant who only beat his part 36 offer because of the fall in the value of sterling since the Brexit vote has been denied the usual benefits of enhanced interest, indemnity costs and an additional payment that would have been the maximum £75,000 given the sums at stake.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th July 2016

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‘Black box’ recorder used in liability trial defence – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 1st, 2016 in evidence, insurance, news, witnesses by Mark L

‘A telematics-based motor insurer has claimed a first after data from a “black box” recorder was successfully used in a defence at a collision liability trial.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st August 2016

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Third party rights of direct action against insurers due to come into force – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 29th, 2016 in insolvency, insurance, news, third parties by tracey

‘New rights for third parties to bring direct actions against insurers in the event that an insured party against which they have a claim becomes insolvent will come into force on 1 August 2016.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th July 2016

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‘Fraud unravels all’: landmark Supreme Court ruling – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 28th, 2016 in appeals, costs, deceit, fees, fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries, Supreme Court by tracey

‘In a landmark ruling for lawyers and insurers, the Supreme Court has paved the way for personal injury settlements to be successfully challenged if the claimant is subsequently found to have lied.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2016

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The fight against fraud – New Law Journal

‘“Fundamental dishonesty” and other measures, outlined by Denise Brosnan.’

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New Law Journal, 26th July 2016

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Goddard inquiry truth project to hear first testimony on child sexual abuse – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2016 in budgets, child abuse, clergy, delay, evidence, inquiries, insurance, news, victims by sally

‘The first of hundreds of people are to begin giving testimony to a public inquiry into child sexual abuse, in an unprecedented national “truth-telling” project designed to catalogue decades of suffering.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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Excluding a party from Court in fraudulent claims – Zenith PI Blog

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in fraud, insurance, news, road traffic, witnesses by sally

‘There is a common trend in County Courts up and down the country for witnesses to be excluded from the courtroom during the evidence of another witness and/or a party when there are allegations of fraud or collusion, commonly in relation to a road traffic accident. The pragmatic rationale for such an approach is quite clear- if witness X hears what the Claimant says in cross examination, X may tailor his or her evidence to be consistent with that of the Claimant in a bid to bolster the case.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 22nd July 2016

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‘Collateral’ lies need not spoil insurance claims, rules Supreme Court – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in fraud, insurance, news, shipping law, Supreme Court by sally

‘Lying on an insurance claim should not necessarily invalidate it, the Supreme Court has said, in a judgement likely to affect all household policies.’

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BBC News, 20th July 2016

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Blaming insurers for driverless accidents ‘makes no sense’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 18th, 2016 in accidents, insurance, negligence, news, road traffic by sally

‘Government proposals for driverless cars could create a worrying principle in the law of negligence, a high-profile motoring solicitor has warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th July 2016

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Whose fair trial prevails? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 18th, 2016 in appeals, conspiracy, fraud, human rights, insurance, news, road traffic by sally

‘Two people say they owned motorbikes which they kept outside their house – until, it is said, the bikes were mown down by the defendant’s car, a collision which their witness claimed to have seen. The car’s insurers said that the claim was fraudulent and it was all a conspiracy. The judge agreed it was a fraud, whereas the Court of Appeal disagreed – but still disallowed the claim because, the CA said, the owners had not proved their case.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th July 2016

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