Solicitor who raided client’s estate to pay debts is struck off – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who used £100,000 from a client’s estate to pay debts to HM Revenue & Customs and an indemnity insurer before closing his firm has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 16th September 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

FCA Covid-19 test case headed for Supreme Court, lawyers predict – Litigation Futures

Posted September 16th, 2020 in appeals, Commercial Court, coronavirus, insurance, news, Supreme Court by michael

‘Lawyers are already predicting a leapfrogged appeal to the Supreme Court after the High Court handed down its ruling in the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business interruption insurance test case.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th September 2020

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Small firms thrown lifeline in insurance test case ruling – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2020 in coronavirus, insurance, news, small businesses by michael

‘Judges ruled that the disease clauses in some business interruption policies should have meant they were covered.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

ABI: Claims dived during lockdown but their value went up – Litigation Futures

Posted September 7th, 2020 in accidents, compensation, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic, statistics by sally

‘The number of motor insurance claims notified to insurers in the second quarter of 2020 fell by nearly half, but their value leapt by 31%, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).’

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Litigation Futures, 4th September 2020

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Defendant’s “potential exposure” not relevant to security for costs – Litigation Futures

Posted September 2nd, 2020 in costs, fiduciary duty, indemnities, insurance, law firms, news by tracey

‘A defendant’s potential exposure to paying the premium for after-the-event (ATE) insurance necessary to meet its demand for security for costs was “not relevant” to the question of security, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st September 2020

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PI Fraud: when silence can be FD – Park Square Barristers

‘On appeal, a High Court judge reversed the finding that a claimant was not fundamentally dishonest due to inconsistencies in the longevity of his injuries and the non-disclosure of a subsequent road traffic accident to a medical expert (“the deafening silences”). On this basis, the claimant was found to be fundamentally dishonest pursuant to s.57 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and was consequently ordered to pay 70% of the defendant insurer’s costs. Matthew Smith, co-founder of the PSQB fraud team, was instructed on behalf of the successful appellant insurer.’

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Park Square Barristers, 3rd August 2020

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Naturalisation for EU citizens: comprehensive sickness insurance, the elephant in the room – EIN Blog

Posted August 19th, 2020 in brexit, citizenship, EC law, health, immigration, insurance, news by sally

‘As we head towards the end of the UK’s Brexit implementation period on 31 December 2020, the thoughts of many EU nationals (here I use the term to include EEA & Swiss citizens too) who have lived, studied and worked in this country, often for many years, are turning to becoming British.’

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EIN Blog, 19th August 2020

Source: www.ein.org.uk

High Court provides clarity on third-party access to court documents – OUT-LAW.com

‘The English High Court has refused to give access to court documents on the basis that doing so would not advance the principles of open justice.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th July 2020

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Andrew Bunting -v- Zurich Insurance Plc [2020] EWHC 1807 (QB): Case Comment – 12 King’s Bench Walk

Posted July 28th, 2020 in accidents, damages, deposits, insurance, news, road traffic by sally

‘Bunting -v- Zurich is an important appeal decision of Pepperall J in the High Court sitting at Birmingham which will likely have a significant impact on the credit hire industry. The decision provides helpful guidance on the merits of the various arguments raised in relation to perceived inadequacies of basic hire rates. This case comment considers the appeal and looks at how County Courts have been responding to the judgment.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 24th July 2020

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FCA begins case over insurers’ refusal to pay firms’ Covid-19 claims – The Guardian

‘The City regulator will on Monday begin a test case on behalf of thousands of businesses that claim they should have been paid by insurers to cover closures during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2020

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Covid-19 will have “major impact” on £700m medico-legal market – Litigation Futures

‘The medico-legal and insurance services (MLIS) market had an estimated turnover of £700m last year but the coronavirus will have a “major impact”, a report has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th July 2020

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PI lawyers and insurers expect dip in RTA claims – Litigation Futures

‘Personal injury (PI) law firms and insurers expect a dip in workload over the next six months as a result of Covid-19 but expect the market to have recovered by the end of 2021, a survey has suggested.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th July 2020

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Case Preview: Equitas Insurance Ltd v Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd – UKSC Blog

Posted July 7th, 2020 in cancer, employment, industrial injuries, insurance, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this case preview, Neil Beighton, Simon Kilgour, Diane Jerry and Sarah Day, who all work within the CMS Insurance and Reinsurance Group, discuss the appeal due to be heard this week by the UK Supreme Court in this matter of Equitas Insurance Ltd v Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd.’

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UKSC Blog, 6th July 2020

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Proving causation—business interruption insurance coverage amid coronavirus (COVID-19) – Monckton Chambers

Posted June 26th, 2020 in causation, chambers articles, coronavirus, insurance, news by sally

‘Steven Gee QC, commercial barrister and arbitrator, and Kristina Lukacova, barrister, both at Monckton Chambers, discuss coverage under business interruption insurance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.’

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Monckton Chambers, 16th June 2020

Source: www.monckton.com

Court blocks new expert on disabled claimant’s life expectancy – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 17th, 2020 in damages, evidence, expert witnesses, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The High Court has refused an insurer permission to rely on a new expert whose evidence reduced the estimated life expectancy of a personal injury claimant.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th June 2020

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Restoring companies to the register: article exploring issues arising in mesothelioma litigation and the conflict between the Compensation Act 2006 and 2010 – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘This article intends to investigate probably well-rehearsed principles implied in bringing actions for personal injury against long-since defunct and even dissolved companies.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 10th June 2020

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Limitation: When Does Time Start to Run? – Hailsham Chambers

Posted June 11th, 2020 in contracts, disabled persons, insurance, limitations, news, restitution by sally

‘The key phrase in most but not all of the sections of the Limitation Act 1980 is the accrual of the “cause of action”. Time runs from the accrual of the cause of action.’

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Hailsham Chambers, June 2020

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Covid-19 being used to “stall” brain injury claims – Litigation Futures

‘Just over a quarter (26%) of defendants are using Covid-19 as an excuse to stall brain injury claims, despite guidelines urging the parties to take a consensual approach, research has suggested.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th June 2020

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BI insurance test case set for late July – Litigation Futures

Posted June 4th, 2020 in coronavirus, insurance, news by sally

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is expecting the High Court to hear its test cases on whether business interruption (BI) insurance policies cover Covid-19 in the second half of July.’

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Litigation Futures, 1 June 2020

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Insurance Broker Claims – Breach of Duty – Hailsham Chambers

Posted May 27th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, insurance, news by sally

‘The insurance world is currently on high alert due to the circumstances around Covid-19 leading to widespread notifications on Business Interruption (BI) policies, among others. This note, prepared by William Flenley QC and Alicia Tew, considers issues relating to breach of duty by insurance brokers which arise out of business interruption policies. A further note will consider causation and loss in insurance broker claims.’

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Hailsham Chambers, May 2020

Source: www.hailshamchambers.com