Responding to the government’s consultation exercise on pre-action admissions, Thompsons Solicitors has called for admissions of liability made by defendants in personal injury cases to be binding. The law firm said: “Defendants are currently making..
New measures that overhaul the way legal services in England and Wales are regulated have been published in parliament. The Legal Services Bill introduces sweeping reforms in the regulation of the legal sector, brings in..
The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) has published the rules that will apply to persons authorised to provide claims management services under the Compensation Act 2006 and the form for those seeking authorisation. This follows..
Injured people should not be pursued and pressured by third party insurers who offer them upfront cash to “deal direct,” the president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has warned.
Speaking at a conference..
The annual increases on employment tribunal award limits have been announced and will come into force on February 1, 2007. The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2006 sets out the new limits as below:
Magian Underwriting, a providers of professional indemnity (PI) cover to IFAs and part of Martello Professional Risks, has joined forces with Accord Consultancy to offer exclusive PI terms to Accord’s IFA clients. Accord provides professional..
ACE European Group and Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) have become the first insurers to offer Directors & Officers (D&O) Liability on the electronic trading platform imarket.
R&SA’s primary D&O product has been designed for small businesses..
Chubb Europe has announced that Jeremy Miles has rejoined Chubb Insurance as head of CSI (Chubb Specialty Insurance) for UK and Ireland, where he will oversee various lines of business including: directors & officers liability,..
A softening market has seen the price of insurance limits in the food and beverage sector drop by almost 30% in the past two years, according to a new report from Marsh.
The report, “Managing liability..
Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc has acquired Martello Underwriting Limited for £38.5mn payable in cash. Martello is a specialist provider of professional indemnity insurance to small and medium sized professional practices in the..
For the first time the Department of Transport’s annual road casualty statistics have recorded the purpose of journeys. According to the union GMB, these statistics reveal that work vehicles were involved in over 54,000 crashes..
Lawyers are reported to be turning to workplace safety legislation such as Control of Substances Harmful to Health (COSHH), to sue trusts for compensation over MRSA. Observers say that this could lead to a flood..
Responding to the Manifesto, Chris Keates, general secretary of teachers’ union NASUWT, said “NASUWT advises its members to consider very carefully before participating in educational visits. Although no activity can be entirely risk free, NASUWT..
The Government has announced that it is putting learning outside the classroom at the heart of the curriculum and young people’s personal development with a new £2.7mn package for schools.
Education and Skills Secretary Alan Johnson,..
ACE has launched a new personal asset protection programme for directors & officers in the UK under the brand name CODA. The CODA wording and cover has been specifically developed for UK directors and officers...
New legislation designed to simplify and improve company law in the UK and increased litigation involving directors and officers will put the personal liabilities and assets of individual senior executives at greater risk, according to..
The recent decision by Abbey and other banks to relax their mortgage lending criteria should put property valuers and their professional indemnity insurers on watch for negligence claims, according to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC).
Playing it too safe with pension fund investments could make trustees and actuaries open targets for negligence claims, according to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC).
The law firm points out that since the stock market crash of..
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has responded to the European auditor liability study by London Economics (see Feature later in this issue of Liability, Risk and Insurance).
The ICAEW has welcomed..
Recent NUJ research has shown that bulling and discrimination is rife in the newspaper industry. The NUJ 2006 Membership Survey, conducted by the Trade Union Research Unit at Ruskin College, found that of the total..
Trade union Amicus has called for an inquiry into cancer risks in the computer and semiconductor manufacturing industry following new evidence from the US. A study in the US by Dr Richard Clapp of Boston..
Provisional findings from new research into the experiences of over 1000 staff in universities, further education colleges and adult education reveal high levels of stress as workloads increase. But only 16% of staff thought their..
A new study has concluded that there is some evidence for a positive association between the duration of mouse use and hand-arm symptoms and disorders. The study, “Should office workers spend fewer hours at their..
The P&I market is going through a gradual but fundamental change as a result of two linked processes - one is new legislation and changes to existing laws affecting the shipping industry, the other is..
A limited body of evidence suggests an association between military service and later development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare but fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a report from the US Institute of Medicine,..
Insurers should repay to the State the money insurers deduct from mesothelioma victims’ compensation payments, according to claimant law firm Thompsons. The firm has called for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) “to end..
The Government has announced that all enclosed public places and workplaces will become smokefree from 1st July 2007.
Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said: “This is a triumph for public health and a huge step forward for..
The Fourteenth Annual Report of the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit has been published. The report looks back over the period from May 1990 when the Unit was set up to the end of 2005.
A study has examined the risk of injury in elite football played on artificial turf versus natural grass, and concluded that no evidence of a greater risk of injury was found when football was played..
Fetal and early childhood exposures to industrial chemicals in the environment can damage the developing brain and can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) such as autism, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and mental retardation. However, there..
An employee had been employed at various steel works between 1969 and 1998, and his work had involved using vibrating tools. From about 1992, he had suffered symptoms of hand-and-arm vibration syndrome, but did not..
A man had claimed against his employer in respect of his exposure to vibrating equipment during his employment with them. In the early 1990s, he had experienced numbness in his fingers but attributed it to..
A technology teacher hacked into the school’s computer system to demonstrate that security was inadequate. Before he hacked into the system, he informed the head of the department what he intended to do and afterwards..
A company’s policy of liability insurance covering bodily injury to persons other than employees caused in the course of business extended to the acts of abuse by employees at children’s care homes run by the..
An employee was employed by a train company as a customer services assistant. He described himself as a Muslim of Indian origin. His religious beliefs required that his beard was a minimum length of one..
London Underground Ltd (LUL) has been ordered to reinstate a tube worker for race and sex discrimination, as well as pay him £25,000 in compensation, plus costs. The man, who is originally from India, has..
A man who was taken ill after being exposed to toxic fumes at work is to receive £1,200 compensation. He was employed as a stock controller by a manufacturer and supplier of valve regulated lead-acid..
A widow has been awarded more than £103,000 in compensation for her husband’s death from mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos in his workplace. She was originally awarded just £20,000 of a £140,000 compensation claim, because..
A former neo natal nurse whose career was ended by a latex allergy caused by negligent exposure by her employer has received a six figure sum in compensation.
The compensation reflects her past and future loss..
A man has been awarded £104,140 in work accident compensation after he was left with a permanent injury after an accident whilst working at a supermarket. He was pulling a cage loaded with stock across..
An man has won over £100,000 compensation after developing mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos during his time at a car factory working alongside laggers using asbestos lagging. He was also involved in fitting brake..
A soldier has become the first member of the Armed Forces to successfully sue the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for suffering post-traumatic stress while serving in Iraq. The soldier was awarded £375,000. The barrel of..
A man has received £5,000 in an out-of-court compensation settlement from his former employers after a shoulder injury at work and sustaining a permanent disability. He damaged his shoulder whilst working as a general handyman...
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