UK legal guides

Our UK legal guides contain practical and targeted information for insurance organisations and individuals.

These guides will help you understand key issues that will be faced by claims handlers. Some give practical guidance to a claims process, such as the RTA and EL/PL pre-action protocols. Others provide an in-depth explanation and tactical thinking about a complex area such as periodical payments.

These manuals are written by our lawyers to give you ‘at a glance’ insights on topics including:

  • RTA and EL/PL pre-action protocols
  • Catastrophic claims and occupational disease
  • Medical law
  • CRU benefits and appeals

See our full range of Kennedys UK legal guides below. You can download a preview now or contact us to request a full copy.

The Extended RTA Protocol Guide: Claims submitted from 31 July 2013

The RTA Protocol guide provides an 'at a glance' review of the updated Protocol. The original Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents was implemented on 30 April 2010. Having survived various trials and tribulations, the rules have been updated and extended to apply to RTA claims valued between £1,000 and £25,000.

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The Pre-Action Protocol for fast track Employers’ Liability and Public Liability Personal Injury Claims Guide

The EL/PL Protocol guide provides an ‘at a glance’ review of the new Pre-Action Protocol. The Protocol poses a number of key challenges for organisations. We aim to assist clients in demystifying such challenges by providing hints and tips to maximise their claims handling procedure and help utilise the opportunities of the Protocol. This includes with regard to a new fixed recoverable costs regime. There are costs consequences of a claim leaving the Protocol.

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sCRUtiny: Essential Guide to CRU Benefits and Appeals 

This guide has been created as a practical reference guide on the key features of CRU benefits, offsetting, tactics and CRU reviews and appeals. The guide also includes explanations about features of the CRU scheme which occur commonly in practice and suggestions about how these issues can be appropriately addressed.

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Catastrophic Claims Guide

The catastrophic claims guide reflects the very significant impact on catastrophic claims arising from the reduction in the discount rate from 2.5% to minus 0.75%, which became effective on 20 March 2017.

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Motor Prosecution Guide

The motor prosecution guide explains the process following a motor accident involving serious injury or death, together with a description of roles and responsibilities of the agencies involved. It is a step-by-step guide to what to expect and what to do, from the scene of an accident through to criminal proceedings.

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Motor Credit Hire Guide 

Credit hire claims handling is often believed to be a dark art, but it need not be. We have a long history of helping insurers, policyholders and self-insured businesses through the credit hire maze. Our guide brings together the knowledge and tactical thinking that has developed within our national credit hire team since that time.

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Medical Law Guide

This third edition of our Medical Law Guide reviews the main issues that case handlers will encounter, consent and capacity, to inquests and judicial review in healthcare. We examine their practical implications, drawing from our experiences of dealing with similar situations.

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Periodical Payments Guide

Periodical payment orders (PPOs) are no longer a mode of settlement just in high value NHS clinical negligence claims. This form of award is invariably "on the table" in most catastrophic personal injury claims. With PPOs gaining in popularity, this guide reviews the legal framework governing this form of award, sets out practical guidance for those wishing to adopt a portfolio approach to PPOs and provides an update on recent developments.

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Occupational Disease Guide

The occupational disease guide provides an overview of a range of work-related diseases from noise induced hearing loss to asthma. Each section aims to give concise guidance to claims handlers; including symptoms of the disease and information on what constitutes a breach of duty.

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