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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.
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.
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.