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Case review 07-08-2020
Between 2010 and 2014, two unregulated pension introducers, Avacade Limited (in liquidation) and Alexandra Associates (UK) Limited (AA) trading as Avacade Future Solutions, were contacting retail customers, providing free pension reports and promoting SIPPs which resulted in retail customers transferring existing pension funds into SIPPs and then into alternative high-risk investments, such as tree plantations and Brazilian property developments.
The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) updated guidance on lone workers is timely. In March 2020, as the UK was heading into lockdown, with office workers relocating to work from home, “Protecting lone workers – How to manage the risks of working alone” was published.
Last week, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry heard evidence from Exova, Studio E and Rydon the fire engineer, architect and main contractor on the Grenfell Tower project respectively.
Our latest thinking into the insurance impacts arising from the ongoing crisis is offered against England entering Phase 3 of its recovery plan, with large parts of the economy opening for socially distanced service for the first time since early March.
Case review 26-06-2020
Pre-action disclosure can no longer be used as a ‘fishing expedition’ to further advance a claimant’s case
This decision, which labels pre-action disclosure as not “the norm” should leave claimants thinking twice about making an application for pre-action disclosure where their case can already be made with the documents available.
The Government announced that its contribution to wage costs during furlough is reducing with effect from 1 August 2020 and, with effect from 1 July 2020, employers will have the option to be more flexible in its approach to furlough.
Our latest thinking into the insurance impacts arising from the ongoing crisis is offered against the Office for National Statistics having confirmed that the UK economy shrank by 20.4% in April, the largest monthly contraction on record.
The results of Part 2 of the Law Commissions’ joint consultation into the regulation of automated vehicles, “emphasised how uncertain the future has become, and how regulation must be sufficiently flexible to deal with a wide variety of eventualities.”
In recent months, COVID-19 has led to a fundamental shift in the way we work. Millions of office workers are working from home or adopting flexible working arrangements on a daily basis. Meet-and-greet opportunities are completed over emails. Team meetings are conducted over video calls. This will be the “new normal” for a number of office workers in the foreseeable future.
As has become something of a habit, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, chose Friday evening (29 May 2020) to announce further changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.