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In this edition of the PI brief, we highlight a recent decision where insurer was not permitted to intervene to dispute liability and some procedural wins for defendants on psychiatric expert evidence and costs sanctions for exaggerated claims.
Case review 10/08/2020
In a decision handed down on 29 July 2020 the Court of Appeal ruled on the continuing personal injury and dependency claim by Lady Christine Brownlie against Four Seasons entities.
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.
A summary of key developments including an update on bereavement damages in England and Wales, the postponement of the whiplash reforms, an update on QOCS in Scotland, research into remote hearings, the FCA’s test case on business interruption cover during the coronavirus pandemic and consultation on the discount rate in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues relating to a football club being vicariously liable for abuse carried out by a volunteer scout, two Supreme Court decisions on vicarious liability, the dismissal of an entire claim following a finding of fundamental dishonesty, and a cost reduction due to an exaggerated claim.
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.
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.”
A global look at alternative support that governments have chosen to introduce (or not) to support businesses and individuals during this pandemic.
Defendant personal injury practitioners are often required to manage claims involving multiple defendants, particularly in cases involving large loss.
To put it mildly, COVID-19 has been a game-changer in the personal injury sector. That includes the scope of purchased insurance products and their coverage.