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The current coronavirus outbreak (recently named COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO)) is dominating global headlines. Since it was first reported from Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019 it has spread to 25 countries, infected over 42,000 people and claimed over 1,000 lives.
With the pace of change in the global insurance market showing no signs of slowing in 2020, we have underlined the London Market’s need to reassert its ability to adapt and manage the constant evolution of global risk. Releasing our annual London Market forecast for the year ahead, we have made predictions across 11 areas impacting the London Market, namely: aviation, casualty coverage, construction, cyber, energy, financial lines, marine, product liability and life sciences, professions, political risks and property damage.
Case review 28/11/2019
The law of vicarious liability continues to exercise senior judicial minds, as the courts re-configure the traditional approach to this subject to meet the demands, evolving working practices and social norms of the modern world. Two cases come before the Supreme Court this month and whilst we await the outcome we consider the potentially far-reaching ramifications for employers and insurers alike.
We are pleased to announce that highly regarded commercial litigation partner Jane Kupsch and senior associate Lucy Reade have joined our growing Melbourne office today. Both were formerly at Piper Alderman.
Case review 20/11/2019
Cadent Gas Ltd v Singh [08.10.19]. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently upheld a decision that an employee was dismissed because of his trade union activities, in circumstances where the manager driving the disciplinary process had been motivated by hostilities towards the employee’s union.
Dealing with grievances promptly and fairly can prevent problems developing into major workplace issues. If the problem is handled badly or not dealt with at all, it is only likely to grow and may permanently damage trust and undermine the employer-employee relationship.
Case review 01/11/2019
Community Based Care Health v Narayan [02.09.19]. In a judgment that could potentially have wide ranging and expensive implications for organisations that engage locum GPs, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided that a locum GP was a “worker” under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and not a self-employed contractor.
5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks, is set to be faster and more reliable, with greater capacity, and lower response times than previous mobile generations. The uptake within businesses and offices will undoubtedly be very high. Along with the clear benefits this will bring, there are concerns about possible risks this could have to our health. There have, for example, been allegations that 5G will cause cancer, autism and infertility.
We are pleased to announce that we have grown our presence in Portugal by merging with boutique Portuguese firm N. Maldonado Sousa & Associados. The merged firm will move into our existing Lisbon office in the centre of the city.
We have previously examined the potential occupational disease risks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where we refer to nanomaterials as the next ‘miracle dust ‘for its asbestos-like qualities, and it is this material that we now delve into and the specific health risks it poses.