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This report looks at who currently bears the cost of funding personal care for those with catastrophic injuries, and the need to better manage these costs in future.
The COVID-19 outbreak has revealed the inflexibility and lack of innovation in personal care systems around the world. Relieving these pressures will require an innovative new approach.
We are delighted to confirm the promotion of thirteen lawyers to our partnership across practice areas including commercial, employment and healthcare, as well as specialist areas of insurance and liability that include cyber, property and construction, professional liability, travel, abuse and fraud. Eight of those promoted are based in the UK, with four in the US and one in Australia. Our worldwide partner count is now 264.
On 19 March, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced an increase to the statutory bereavement award in England Wales to £15,120. This new figure is to reflect inflation since the award was last increased to its current level of £12,980 in April 2013.
Kennedys celebrates office anniversary by launching Sheffield healthcare practice with new partner hire
We are pleased to announce that we have hired healthcare partner, Tom Armstrong, to head up a new healthcare team based in our Sheffield office, which opened in 2010. Tom, who joins from Browne Jacobson, will lead a team in Sheffield able to defend clinical negligence claims against GPs, NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers. Tom will be working closely with our healthcare lawyers in Birmingham, Cambridge and London.
With Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab MP having confirmed that the UK’s lockdown will be extended for “at least” the next three weeks, we provide you with our latest thinking into the insurance impacts arising from the ongoing crisis.
The psychological impact of COVID-19 health risks or the national quarantine could trigger further psychological harm in personal injury claimants already dealing with the physical or mental consequences of an accident, and expose compensators to additional claims inflation.
The developing coronavirus pandemic will disrupt the usual processes of serious injury claims handling to an extent not encountered for several generations. Whilst this will inevitably lead to complications, we believe that there are potential solutions.
Life expectancy is a key factor in high value cases given its impact on multipliers. It is therefore unsurprising that over the last few years, clashes between parties on the issue of life expectancy experts has intensified.
Developments in relation to proposed changes to the discount rate in Northern Ireland have long been awaited and whilst the rest of the UK has forged ahead implementing new methodologies to their discount rate, the lack of any government in Northern Ireland led to uncertainty and complaints of discrimination by claimant representatives.