Equitas has reached an agreement to settle all asbestos-related claims filed against Lloyd’s underwriters by US car maker General Motors. The settlement includes all North American third-party asbestos and pollution-related claims, but does not specify..
While the severity of malpractice claims continues to rise, growing at a rate of 7.5% annually, the frequency of malpractice claims has decreased by 1% over the past year, according to the 2005 Hospital Professional..
As the first outbreak of avian flu hits Europe and the World Health Organisation (WHO) urges countries to prepare for the massive social and economic disruption brought about by a pandemic, Aon has published a..
The Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) has restructured its technical teams to form a Marine Aviation and Transport (MAT) team. The former aviation and marine teams have been merged and the new MAT team is headed..
Markel Corporation has announced that it is to form a new operating unit, Markel Global Marine & Energy. The new unit will specialize in marine and energy coverages worldwide, and will be headed by Steve..
Aon’s Aviation Consultancy & Reinsurance Services has analysed around 200 insurance programme renewals incepting since the beginning of 2005. It has found:
2005 average fleet values show an increase of around 5.5% when compared to 2004.
With employee accidents costing companies more than £5000 per claim, Aon Limited, has launched the Health & Safety Manager, a new advisory service and online system to help small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) cope..
Brit Insurance Holdings has announced the appointment of Craig Watson as Directors’ & Officers’ underwriter, based in Brit’s Glasgow office. He has been appointed to help spearhead the implementation and development of Directors’ and Officers’..
Guy Carpenter has announced that it has aligned its various Casualty Practices in London under the leadership of Nick Frankland, who joined the firm from RK Carvill in September last year.
The group is comprised of..
APIL president Allan Gore QC has told the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee at its inquiry into the small claims process that an “increase in the threshold will act as an inhibitor to bringing claims, and..
There have been calls for an urgent review, following the report from the CBI claiming that business is losing confidence in the employment tribunal system following the introduction of new rules last year (see last..
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is seeking a meeting with the Government to call for a complete overhaul of the scheme which pays compensation to crime victims.
Allan Gore QC, president of APIL said..
The Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, has announced proposals that will provide “simpler and more accessible court structures leading to more efficient and effective civil justice.”
In outline, the proposals..
A group of investors led by PI Direct Group ceo Michael Wood and chairman Andrew Wallas have purchased the similarly named but unrelated PI Direct Insurance Brokers, based in Brisbane, Queensland.
PI Direct in Brisbane was..
After years of rising third party claims, the daily rental industry is fighting back, according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA). Contrived or “staged” accidents along with phoney injury claims are costing..
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has published a working paper, “The issues of fatigue and working time in the road transport sector,” which recognises the health and safety implications of fatigue in the sector.
New statistics on the incidence of back pain among workers have been released by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), showing that more than two thirds of respondents (70%) say they have experienced pain in..
The findings of a study into the benefits of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) for workers’ health have been unveiled in the European Parliament.The study, carried out by the University of Sheffield,..
A new report from the Crime and Society Foundation includes a look at how to reduce work-related deaths and injuries. The report, “Criminal Obsessions. Why harm matters more than crime,” includes a chapter entitled “Workplace..
New figures from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) reveal “the gaping chasm” between young Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black-Caribbean women’s ambitions and the realities they face in the workplace.
Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black-Caribbean women under 35 have..
Two government departments and the Health and Safety Executive have joined forces in a partnership committed to improving the health and wellbeing of working age people.
The strategy, Health, Work and Wellbeing - Caring for our..
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) construction inspectors are targeting work being carried out during the ‘fit out’ phase of projects as part of a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of fall and trip injuries..
The Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID) and the TUC have warned that changes in the Licensing Act, allowing 24 hour opening, will lead to an increased likelihood of workers in bars, clubs and..
Infoterra has launched GeoStore.com, a unique web based service giving businesses seamless access to geographical data. The first phase sees the availability of aerial imagery of England, with plans in place to add further data..
The so-called ‘Cheeseburger Bill’ has been passed by the US House of Representatives, although it still has to be considered by the Senate. The bill, entitled the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act, is designed..
Between 1981 and 2000, state tort reform measures have resulted in 14,222 fewer accidental deaths, according to Paul Rubin, economics and law professor at Emory University.
Rubin and co-author Joanna Shepherd examined 141 state tort reforms..
In its latest annual 2005 Litigation Trends Survey, international law firm Fulbright & Jaworski has found that litigation has become the great equalizer of the modern corporation. Nearly 90% of US corporations are engaged in..
Insurance companies are becoming increasingly concerned that asbestos liabilities will continue to cause them a headache for the foreseeable future, according to a new survey by Deloitte.
The survey of over 30 leading insurance firms found..
Law firm Thompsons has described the government’s proposed legislation to ban smoking in pubs and restaurants which sell food as “shambolic”. Thompsons says the Bill complicates the law, and will do nothing to protect employers..
The Government has finally produced its bill to ban smoking in all enclosed public places in England, although it includes an exemption from licensed premises that do not serve or prepare food and private members’..
A new report has examined the extent of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MDSs) in Chartered Society of Physiotherapy members. Based on a survey of 3,661 physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants and physiotherapy students on clinical placement, the report..
Occupational exposure to mineral oils, in particular hydraulic or motor oil, increases the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 30%, according to a study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy.
Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in..
Age discrimination is widespread in UK organisations, according to research on age discrimination by the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
The results of a survey among 2,682 managers and personnel..
Claims brought by the claimants against the defendant were dismissed and a costs order made against them. The defendant served a notice of commencement of assessment of his bill of costs within three months of..
For the purposes of a claim for unfair dismissal, an employee’s normal retirement age could not be lower that his contractual retirement age. If the employee was dismissed before his contractual retirement age he was..
A claim arose as a result of a fire in the defendant’s premises which spread to claimant’s premises and caused extensive damage. The claimant claimed that the defendant was strictly liable for the damage in..
A man was employed by the Trust as the Director of Finance for 16 years. Problems were experienced with his personality and relationship with colleagues and management staff. However, they found no fault with his..
Service by an employment tribunal of a notice of a prehearing review on legal representatives was valid even though the legal representatives had sought to reserve their position in a letter to the employer’s solicitors.
A group litigation of 869 claimants was commenced against five tour operators following gastrointestinal or viral infections contracted in Torremolinos. Apart from 60 claimants the damages for each claimant lay between £1,977 and £2,473. The..
Teachers’ union NASUWT, has won around £400,000 for its members in three compensation cases. The first case involved a special needs teacher who won £250,000 after suffering back injuries at work.
The second involved a Craft..
A disabled customer has received £5,000 compensation after complaining for four years that he was unable to get inside his local bank. The man, who uses an electric wheelchair, has been undertaking transactions on the..
A brain-damaged boy is to receive an £800,000 lump sum with a yearly inflation-linked payment of £290,000. The boy was severely injured after an accident during a swimming lesson organised by his school. He now..
A sex discrimination claim being heard by an employment tribunal was left in chaos after a member of the panel was forced to stand down after making a prejudicial comment. According to the Times, the..
A shipyard worker in Tyne & Wear with an asbestos related disease has won undisclosed compensation. The claim was originally turned down by a claims management firm which told him there was no evidence in..
A woman has received £10,000 in an out-of-court settlement after she was injured on a trampoline. The woman injured her knee when the springs snapped on a brand new keep-fit mini-trampoline. She was initially offered..
A claim followed a flood which caused damage to the claimant’s factory in July 1998. The claimant, represented by law firm Crutes on the instructions of their insurers, had engaged the first defendant to install..
A boy with Down’s Syndrome has been awarded over £3mn in compensation. The boy underwent a heart operation when he was two years old, but suffered complications and was left with brain damage. The hospital..
A woman who won her case for constructive dismissal and sex discrimination is unlikely to receive any money. Although her lawyers say she was entitled to around £600,000, a legal loophole means she will receive..
The Employment Appeals Tribunal has upheld claims of unfair dismissal, contravention of the part-time workers regulations, victimisation and sex discrimination against international law firm Herbert Smith in the case of Michelle Langton, supported by the..
Equitable Life is reported to have dropped a major part of its claim against 11 former directors, reducing its claim from £1.7bn to £641mn. The company said that it had withdrawn its “lost sale” claim,..