Judge cites Karl Marx in rejecting law firm’s bid to exit professional indemnity scheme – Legal Futures

Posted March 25th, 2014 in insurance, law firms, legal profession, news by sally

‘One of the world’s leading offshore law firms has been knocked back by a judge quoting Karl Marx, after seeking a waiver from the Isle of Man Law Society’s indemnity insurance requirements.’

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Legal Futures, 25th March 2014

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Purple Parking workers win ageism battle after dozens sacked for ‘being too old’ – The Independent

‘Britain’s biggest airport car parking company, Purple Parking, has admitted age discrimination against its workers after it sacked dozens of them for being too old.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2014

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High Court untangles claim and counterclaim over law firm sale – Legal Futures

Posted February 17th, 2014 in insurance, law firms, limited liability partnerships, news by sally

‘The High Court has had to unpick the fall-out of the sale of a law firm, with the seller claiming unpaid purchase money and the buyer arguing that the failure to disclose potential legal action against the firm led to sharp increases in the cost of its indemnity insurance.’

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Legal Futures, 17th February 2014

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Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse family seeks payout – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2014 in accidents, compensation, health & safety, insurance, news, theatre by tracey

‘A family injured when the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapsed is suing the theatre’s owners for compensation.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2014

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Mind your step – New Law Journal

Posted February 6th, 2014 in insolvency, insurance, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘Simon Love provides a warning to firms facing financial difficulty.’

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New Law Journal, 5th February 2014

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Court of Appeal to rule on standard of proof in ‘follow the settlement’ clause dispute – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 31st, 2014 in insurance, law reports, standard of proof by sally

‘The Court of Appeal is to consider the standard of proof to be applied in unqualified ‘follow the settlement’ clauses in deciding whether a claim falls within the risks covered by the reinsurance policy following a recent High Court judgment.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th January 2014

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Is Fairchild a Leading case of the Common Law? – The Inner Temple

Is Fairchild a Leading case of the Common Law? (PDF)

Per Laleng, Inner Temple Academic Fellow, University of Kent

The Inner Temple, 20th January 2014

Source: www.innertemple.org.uk

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Sheffield ‘crash-for-cash’ ringleaders jailed – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2014 in accidents, fraud, insurance, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men have been jailed for orchestrating a series of “crash-for-cash scams”, including one involving a bus with up to 40 passengers on board.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2014

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Obtaining a defendant’s insurance details – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In XYZ v Various [2013] EWHC 3648, Mrs Justice Thirlwall is managing group litigation in which nearly 1000 women seek damages from companies running hospitals for supplying them with defective implants manufactured by the French company, PIP, for use in breast implant surgery. Some of the claimants also bring actions against the providers of credit cards pursuant to the Consumer Credit Act 1984 (as amended by the 2006 Act) and some bring actions against the surgeons who carried out the surgery. The total value of the claims is in the region of £13m plus costs on both sides. The court has held a number of case management hearings culminating finally in a timetable leading to trial in October 2014 on three issues in four sample cases in which Transform Medical Group (CS) Ltd (“Transform”) is, effectively, the lead defendant.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 13th January 2014

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UK firm fined £25,000 for failure to monitor, supervise and manage its appointed representatives – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 10th, 2014 in financial regulation, fines, insurance, news, unfair commercial practices by tracey

‘A firm has been fined £25,000 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for the misconduct of two of its sales staff acting as its ‘appointed representatives’ (ARs). Amongst other cases of misconduct, the ARs were found to have used “high-pressure sales tactics and misleading information” to push vulnerable customers into buying insurance policies.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th January 2014

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Coles and others v Hetherton and others – WLR Daily

Posted January 8th, 2014 in damages, economic loss, insurance, law reports, negligence, repairs, road traffic by sally

Coles and others v Hetherton and others [2013] EWCA Civ 1704; [2013] WLR (D) 508

‘Where a vehicle was damaged as a result of negligence and was reasonably repaired, the measure of the claimant’s loss was the diminution in value of the vehicle, usually taken as represented by the reasonable cost of repair. If the claimant’s insurer arranged repair, the reasonableness of the repair charge was to be judged by reference to what a person in the position of the claimant (rather than the insurer) could obtain on the open market and the insurer’s repair costs were recoverable from the tortfeasor up to that amount, together with the reasonable cost of a courtesy car.’

WLR Daily, 20th December 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Car insurance too high, says Competition Commission – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2013 in competition, consumer protection, insurance, news, road traffic by sally

‘Car insurance premiums are too high and should be reduced through far-reaching reforms, the competition watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2013

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Widower who ‘torched’ wife’s money now being sued by her lover – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 10th, 2013 in affidavits, appeals, insurance, news, probate by tracey

‘A bereaved husband who torched all his wife’s money because he was so upset about her dying is now being sued by her lover who is demanding he replaces the cash.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th December 2013

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Industrial disease victims central to changes – Ministry of Justice

‘Sufferers of a deadly industrial disease are central to new plans to improve the way they claim compensation, Courts Minister Shailesh Vara announced today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 4th December 2013

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Government backtracks on mesothelioma reforms but moves to end recoverability – Litigation Futures

Posted December 6th, 2013 in asbestos, bills, consultations, costs, industrial injuries, insurance, news by tracey

‘The government has responded to widespread pressure and scrapped plans to impose an insurance industry-devised mesothelioma pre-action protocol (PAP) and the fixed recoverable costs regime (FRC) that underpinned it.’

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Litigtaiton Futures, 5th December 2013

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Industrial disease victims central to changes – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 5th, 2013 in asbestos, consultations, costs, industrial injuries, insurance, news, victims by sally

‘Sufferers of a deadly industrial disease are central to new plans to improve the way they claim compensation, Courts Minister Shailesh Vara announced today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 4th December 2013

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Probe into price comparison website deals – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 27th, 2013 in conflict of interest, consumer protection, insurance, internet, news by tracey

‘Price comparison websites and insurers in the motor, travel and home insurance markets are the subject of a regulatory probe by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) amidst concerns that consumers are being misled when buying cover through those sites.26 Nov 2013.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th November 2013

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Asbestos NHS treatment cost recovery bill is voted into law – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2013 in asbestos, bills, costs, insurance, news, Wales by sally

“A bill to recover the costs of treating Welsh asbestos patients from businesses or insurers has been passed by assembly members.”

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BBC News, 20th November 2013

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In the matter of “The Alexandros T”; In the matter of “The Alexandros T” (No 2); In the matter of “The Alexandros T” (No 3) – Supreme Court

Posted November 18th, 2013 in appeals, damages, EC law, indemnities, insurance, law reports, Supreme Court by sally

In the matter of “The Alexandros T”; In the matter of “The Alexandros T” (No 2); In the matter of “The Alexandros T” (No 3) [2013] UKSC 70 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 6th November 2013

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Rogue PPI claim companies targeted by fines and toughened regulations – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 12th, 2013 in claims management, financial regulation, fines, insurance, press releases by tracey

“Claims firms which use information gathered by unsolicited calls and texts or who provide poor quality services will face large fines under law changes announced by the Government today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 12th November 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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