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We are pleased to announce that the publication of the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 UK has seen us ranked as a ‘top-tier firm’ in nine practice areas.
For insurers, the most impactful element of defamation law reforms is the clarification of the cap for damages for non-economic loss. In a timely judgment, Gibson DCJ has provided a useful analysis of two issues that remain unsettled, despite the reforms, in relation to damages in defamation claims.
The Australian arm of global insurance and litigation law firm Kennedys today announced the promotion of 10 lawyers to new senior roles, in the largest-ever group of promotions for the firm in Australia in a single year.
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.”
In a time of self-reflection and metamorphosis for many educational institutions across the country, the final draft Title IX Regulations released by Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education last week add to the unprecedented ambiguity colleges and universities are currently facing.
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.
One could argue that it is slightly ironic that Scotland’s first virtual court hearing in response to the recent lockdown, which took place on 21 April 2020, was one surrounding the law of defamation in Scotland; an area of law which is deemed by some to be unfit for the digital age.
On March 23, 2020, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)—the California energy utility—announced that it will plead guilty to criminal charges for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire in Northern California, which led to the deaths of 85 people and caused billions of dollars in property damage. This plea brings a lengthy investigation to a conclusion, but it is not anticipated that PG&E’s existing civil liabilities ($24.5 billion) will increase as a result of the plea agreement.
In the 2000 film Dude, Where’s My Car? the primary characters wake up after a night of partying wondering what transpired the night before, or, as Ashton Kutcher said it best, “Dude, where’s my car?” In a recently decided matter in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the court made it clear that a plaintiff can’t leave these types of questions unanswered and must be able to piece together the chain of events leading to an injury to sustain a cause of action.
We are delighted to have won ‘Best New Solutions for Clients’ and the overall ‘Best in Theme’ awards at last night’s Managing Partners’ Forum Awards.