Wish you weren’t here? – New Law Journal

Posted June 18th, 2018 in electronic mail, flexible working, holidays, legal profession, news by sally

‘Step out of the office & take some time to reflect on your work/life balance, says Matthew Kay.’

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New Law Journal, 13th June 2018

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Government to introduce fixed costs for holiday sickness claims “in coming weeks” – Legal Futures

Posted April 13th, 2018 in compensation, costs, fraud, holidays, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has met its timetable to introduce fixed recoverable costs for holiday sickness claims, announcing today that they will come into effect “in the coming weeks” and before the summer holiday season.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2018

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Parents fined £24m for children’s truancy and term time holidays – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2018 in education, fines, holidays, news, school children, truancy by tracey

‘Parents across England and Wales have been fined about £24m for failing to send their children to school during the past three years, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2018

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Couple who faked holiday sickness ‘rumbled’ on Facebook – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2018 in community service, costs, fraud, holidays, news, suspended sentences by sally

‘A man and a woman who fraudulently claimed they fell ill while on holiday in Turkey, but were “rumbled” by images they posted on social media, have been given suspended jail sentences.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2018

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A bitter taste in the mouth of travel providers? The Court of Appeal’s Decision in Wood v TUI Travel plc T.A. First Choice 2017 EWCA Civ 11 – 4 KBW

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, damages, holidays, news, sale of goods by sally

‘The Court of Appeal was recently asked whether a couple could recover damages pursuant to the implied condition in section 4(2) of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982, (“the 1982 Act”), for harm suffered whilst on an all-inclusive holiday.’

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4 KBW, 17th November 2017

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Police face legal action over Luton airport terror detention – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in data protection, detention, holidays, human rights, news, police, terrorism by sally

‘A man detained by the police on his way to a holiday in Rome is bringing legal action against Bedfordshire police for breaching his human rights.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

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Couple who faked holiday sickness are jailed – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2017 in compensation, fraud, holidays, insurance, news, private prosecutions by sally

‘The government has stepped up attempts to eliminate fake holiday sickness scams, as a middle-aged British couple who had boasted on social media about having “sun, laughter and fun” on their holidays were jailed after making false insurance claims.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2017

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Government calls for holiday sickness fraud evidence as it treats ABTA figures with caution – Legal Futures

Posted October 13th, 2017 in costs, fraud, holidays, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has today issued a call for evidence that it said would give ministers “a greater insight into the reported rise” in fraudulent holiday sickness claims, but displayed caution in the use of the oft-cited figure of a 500% increase in cases.’

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Legal Futures, 13th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Holiday fall gran accused of being ‘too tipsy’ for payout wins £30,000 compensation – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 20th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, compensation, holidays, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A grandmother accused of being “staggering drunk” and wearing “silly shoes” when she fell over while holidaying on a Greek island has won over £30,000 compensation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th September 2017

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“People die of food poisoning” – misleading holiday claims advert pulled after watchdog ruling – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2017 in advertising, claims management, complaints, holidays, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A claims management company (CMC) has withdrawn a YouTube advert designed to generate holiday sickness claims after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that it was misleading.’

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Legal Futures, 6th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

CMC that encouraged false holiday sickness claims thrown out by regulator – Legal Futures

Posted August 30th, 2017 in claims management, compensation, fraud, holidays, licensing, news by sally

‘A firm responsible for pressuring people into making holiday sickness claims had its licence cancelled by the Claims Management Regulator (CMR) last week.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2017

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Licence stripped from holiday sickness firm – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 29th, 2017 in claims management, holidays, insurance, law firms, licensing, press releases by tracey

‘A firm responsible for pressuring people into making holiday-sickness claims has had it’s licence stripped by the Claims Management Regulator.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th August 2017

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

Richard Paige discusses Holiday Sickness Scams – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in compensation, fraud, holidays, insurance, news by sally

‘In the last couple of years there has been an explosion in the number of holiday sickness claims in the UK. It has reached epidemic proportions so rapidly that all the national newspapers have run stories about hotel owners, mostly in Mediterranean resorts, threatening to ban British holidaymakers. The stories have probably been exaggerated to sell papers and there is likely to be a degree of sabre-rattling from the hotel owners, but there is no doubt that it has become a significant problem for the British holiday industry, so much so that ABTA launched its “Stop Sickness Scams” campaign in June 2017.’

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Park Square Barristers, 7th August 2017

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Tougher laws to protect 10 million Britons who book holidays online – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2017 in consultations, consumer protection, holidays, internet, news by sally

‘Travellers booking package holidays online are to receive greater protection if a holiday company goes bust, under government proposals to strengthen rules.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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News focus: Wish you weren’t here – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 17th, 2017 in costs, fees, fraud, holidays, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Personal injury (PI) lawyers may have experienced a powerful sense of deja vu last week when the government announced a review of fees in holiday sickness claims. The same apocalyptic warnings of rampant fraud; the same incessant lobbying from a trade body. And ultimately the same solution – fixed costs – provided by ministers who would rather the whole thing just went away.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th July 2017

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Thomas Cook wins fake holiday sickness case – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2017 in damages, food hygiene, fraud, holidays, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Travel company Thomas Cook says it has won a legal victory against a fake holiday sickness claim and plans to challenge other such claims in court.’

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BBC News, 11th July 2017

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Term-time holiday legal battle has cost taxpayers almost £140,000 so far – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in costs, education, fines, government departments, holidays, news, school children by tracey

‘The government spent almost £140,000 of taxpayers’ money on a prolonged legal battle against a father who took his daughter out of school for a holiday during term-time, according to new figures.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2017

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UK holiday fraudsters could face jail – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2017 in compensation, fraud, holidays, imprisonment, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘UK holidaymakers who make bogus food poisoning claims could go to prison, warns travel trade organisation Abta.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2017

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Supreme court upholds ban on term-time holidays – The Guardian

‘The ban on parents taking their children out of school for family holidays during term time has been upheld by the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

More than 100 parents per school day are being prosecuted for taking their children out of school, new figures show – Daily Telegraph

‘More than a hundred parents are being prosecuted per school day for taking their children out of school without permission, new figures have revealed on the eve of the Supreme Court’s ruling on term-time holidays.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th April 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk