Oxford University is reported to have drawn up a draft contract which students would have to sign, which would legally bind them to attend lectures. It would also prevent students from suing the university for..
Plaintiff lawyers are calling for a waiver of limitation laws in relation to pleural plaques cases, so that cases already in progress do not run out of time before the appeals are heard. Similarly, cases..
The Times has reported that a landmark European court case will make it easier for consumers to sue companies guilty of illegal price-fixing. According to the Times, an advocate-general to the European Court of Justice..
Lloyd’s has released new research giving the insurance industry clear guidance on key developments in Asia. The research, “New Openings – quantifying opportunities in Asia,” earmarks four specialist classes of business for growth: marine cargo,..
Heath Lambert has revealed that the main message for construction firms is simple: risk management and health and safety issues will continue to drive the construction insurance markets this year, particularly in the UK.
Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) is to be the sole provider of capacity for Saturn’s £18mn professional indemnity (PI) portfolio as from March 1, 2006. Saturn, part of the Martello Group which also includes PI Direct,..
Vision may be the most important element required to underwrite liability risk, according to Ajay Gupta, marketing leader of GE Insurance Solutions. Mr Gupta says insurers tend to look backward at historical loss experience but..
Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) has launched Sector 3, a new “proposition” designed specifically for charities and not-for-profit organisations. R&SA says that Sector 3, designed in consultation with specialist charity brokers, offers a range of insurance..
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s campaign to weed out bogus personal injury compensation claims should become a model for councils throughout the country, according to the Association of British Insurers.
The Council’s crackdown on fraudsters who make..
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has become one of only 10 government recognised Designated Professional Bodies (DPB). RICS is now directly authorised by HM Treasury to license and regulate the thousands of surveyors who..
Healthcare managers and professionals are being urged to take more aggressive steps to manage the increasing costs of healthcare risk. Robert Wendin, the European Healthcare Practice leader at Marsh, said that while other industries such..
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has launched a three-month consultation on the Gender Equality Duty – “the most significant change to gender equality legislation in 30 years.” The Commission is encouraging public sector bodies to..
The Equality Act has gained Royal Assent and as a result, “a powerful new body to put equality at the heart of modern Britain” has been given the go-ahead, says the Government.
Individuals experiencing discrimination and..
Current trends in society and work organisation are creating new risks and putting new demands on occupational safety and health research. This is according to a working paper entitled “Priorities for occupational safety and health..
Lord Hunt, Minister for health and safety, has warned that: “The safety of patients and staff is paramount. The costs of getting it wrong are unacceptable, both morally and economically.”
Addressing healthcare staff and patient safety..
The HSE is beginning a nationwide inspection programme targeting building sites with poor housekeeping. The aim is to raise the industry’s awareness of the potentially serious consequences of untidy sites and therefore to reduce the..
Paint sprayers in vehicle bodyshops are around 80 times more likely to develop asthma at work than the rest of the working population, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
Dr Mark Piney, an HSE specialist..
The aviation insurance sector is likely to see a shift in global balance away from North America in 2006, according to the findings of Aon’s Aviation Airline Insurance Market Review of 2005. Europe and Asia’s..
The UK P&I Club is reported to have completed a “very satisfactory renewal.” A spokesman told Insurance Day: “The club’s objective was to establish premium levels consistent with the anticipated volume and value of future..
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services is maintaining its stable outlook on the protection & indemnity (P&I) market, according to a new report entitled “Insurance Industry Risk Analysis: Protection & Indemnity Clubs”.
The majority of P&I clubs..
The US National Law Journal has reported that the total amount awarded by juries last year in the largest cases in the US declined for the third consecutive year. Based on analysis of the VerdictSearch..
Hanson PLC, the international building materials company, has announced that one of its US subsidiaries, responsible for approximately 20% of the group’s present asbestos costs, has reached a settlement with its insurers.
The settlement is effective..
The US Senate rejected a procedural motion on the proposed US legislation for the creation of a $140bn national asbestos compensation fund. As a result, the asbestos-reform bill could be shelved for the remainder of..
The independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR) has published a report that examines whether electromagnetic fields (EMFs) associated with the supply and use of electricity can influence the risk of breast cancer.
The report concludes..
An outbreak of Avian Flu in the UK and possible human mutation of the virus will undoubtedly have an impact on businesses’ insurance programmes, regardless of size or sector, according to Marsh.
The broker has outlined..
The European Court of Justice has ruled, in relation to liability for defective products, that the term ‘producer’ can include a distribution subsidiary.
In November 1992, a child was vaccinated with an antihaemophilus vaccine dose in..
The number of reported European recalls of dangerous and faulty consumer goods more than doubled last year, according to the latest European Commission (EC) figures analysed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. There has also been a significant increase..
A new case of variant-CJD associated with a blood transfusion has recently been diagnosed. The patient developed symptoms of vCJD about eight years after receiving a blood transfusion from a donor who developed symptoms of..
Researchers at the University of Warwick, and the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, have devised a new sensor which has the power to dramatically improve the amount of early warning doctors and midwives..
Doctors, nurses, other hospital staff, patients and visitors all have a role to play in preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections, according to a BMA report. The BMA adds that “while there is not a..
Where a claimant brought a second action against the same defendant, following the dismissal of a previous action, the court was not precluded from exercising its discretion under s 33 of the Limitation Act 1980..
An offer to settle court proceedings under Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules carried an implied term that it would not be available for acceptance after the hearing ended and the court had reserved..
The established principles relating to mental incapacity and the conduct of litigation were to be applied to the compromise of an action by a claimant before he became a “patient” within the meaning of CPR..
A hotel guest falling from a bedroom window was, in the circumstances, not reasonably foreseeable and did not give rise to a finding under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.
A man suffered severe head injuries and..
An insurer which rejected a claim altogether on the ground of lack of cover did not thereby waive subsequent reliance on the insured’s failure to comply with a requirement of immediate notification.
The Court of Appeal..
The claimant had sustained personal injury whilst a passenger on a bus that had been struck by a lorry. Before-the-event (BTE) had been available to her as an extension to the motor insurance policy of..
The claimant was involved in a road traffic accident and commenced proceedings under The Accident Group Scheme for damages for personal injury. He advised his solicitor that he did not have legal expense insurance and..
The report on compensation culture by the House of Commons Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs has been met with general approval from all sides. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said that the Committee’s call..
The Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Booth has told the press that she does not think that there is a compensation culture in Britain, saying that the issue had been “much exaggerated”. She talked to the..
A woman has been awarded £200,000 compensation for a mistake made during a routine ovarian cyst operation, which led to the patient requiring a colostomy for life. During the routine operation, the bowel was damaged..
The Scottish Executive and the Scottish Criminal Records Office have paid £750,000 in damages in an out-of-court settlement to a former police officer. The officer had been falsely accused of leaving a fingerprint at a..
A council has paid £330,000 in an out-of-court settlement with a teacher who was threatened at school by an intruder. The teacher was severely traumatised and never returned to work. Few details of the case..
A print worker has won £45,000 after winning her case for unfair dismissal and unfair selection for redundancy. Her case was based on the belief that her employer had never forgiven her for taking legal..
A Sheffield man has been awarded £47,000 in an out-of-court settlement by his former employers after injuring his back at work and sustaining a permanent disability. The man damaged his spine whilst working as a..
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