APIL’s incoming president Richard Langton has attacked claims management companies and said that some of them are “just parasites.” Mr Langton said: “We are going to see claims management companies regulated at long last, but..
Insurers are dragging the legal system back to the “bad old days of hired guns”, according to APIL’s incoming president Richard Langton. He said that shareholders are the centre of insurers’ universe, and that insurers..
A new team to tackle insurance fraudsters making bogus compensation claims has been set up by Manchester solicitors Beachcroft Wansbroughs. Partner Mike Suddards is heading a team of five lawyers investigating suspicious claims on behalf..
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has responded to the consultation by stating that it is “very concerned about the recent Court of Appeal judgments which allow NHS Trusts and other defendants to avoid..
The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) has responded to the Consultation Paper from the Department For Constitutional Affairs on “Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules: Offers to settle and payments into court.”
FOIL agreed that..
Law firms Irwin Mitchell and Alexander Harris are to merge. The newly created firm, which will retain the name Irwin Mitchell, will have over 1860 staff. Irwin Mitchell currently offers national legal support via its..
Insurance Services Office (ISO) Limited has announced that it has identified an eight-point strategy “where technology now exists for the effective management of claims through improved visibility of the claims process, establishing Best Practices and..
ACE European Group is launching an enhanced range of covers as part of its Elite Investment Management Insurance product (EIMI). This is in response to increased exposure to litigation and a growing demand for the..
Stability in the UK Directors’ and Officers’ insurance (D&O) market in 2005 is continuing into 2006, with premium reductions, improved cover and less restrictive coverage terms still commonplace, according to Marsh.
Clair Collins, UK Practice Leader,..
Chubb Insurance Company of Europe has launched what it claims is the UK’s first insurance policy aimed specifically at the hedge fund industry. Chubb’s hedge fund policy has been designed to provide specific professional indemnity..
One in four employed persons in Sweden has suffered from a work-related disorder in 2005, according to the latest Swedish work-related disorders survey. In 2005, 25 % of all employed persons in Sweden were concerned..
A recent study of working conditions in France identified particular problems with regard to health in the workplace, and revealed that work is held responsible for 20% of all health problems.
The report, by the Direction..
A study published in “Occupational and Environmental Medicine” journal suggests that sick building syndrome may be more to do with job stress that the environment. The study of civil servants concluded that symptoms such as..
A survey of almost 1,000 construction managers and other professionals by the Chartered Institute of Building found that 68% had suffered from stress, anxiety or depression. Of those, only 27% had sought medical advice, and..
RNID, the national charity representing deaf and hard of hearing people, and the TUC have warned employers and employees to take hearing damage more seriously now that the new Control of Noise at Work Regulations..
The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has announced an amendment to the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The amendment changes the civil liability provisions in the Regulations so as to exclude..
The third annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals assessment has revealed that among Medicare patients in hospitals, 1.24mn patient safety incidents, or medical errors, occurred between 2002 and 2004, up from 1.18mn in between..
West Virginia, Louisiana, Illinois, California, and Texas were among the worst states for legal fairness, while Mississippi is improving after enacting legal reforms, according to a new ranking of the best and worst state legal..
The 2005 Chubb Private Company Risk Survey has revealed that many private companies are planning activities that may increase their exposure to management liability risks.
According to the survey, 67% of private companies are likely to..
A study has suggested that everyone could be susceptible to vCJD infection via blood transfusions, although how it affects them could be determined by their genes. All cases of vCJD in humans have been in..
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated information on managing asbestos in schools. The potential exposure of teachers and pupils to asbestos remains low but HSE said it is re-issuing the guidance to remind..
Symptoms such as headache, fatigue, and difficulty in concentration were more common in people with higher potential exposures to radiation from nearby mobile phone base stations. This is according to a study by scientists from..
The Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group), a Canadian-based civil society organization monitoring nanotechnology, has renewed its 2003 call for a global moratorium on nanotech lab research and a recall of consumer..
Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) has launched R&SA Care, an initiative to improve and speed up the bodily injury claims process for people injured either in motor accidents or accidents in the workplace.
According to R&SA, the..
A trial undertaken by UK motor insurer Highway has shown that case management led rehabilitation can lead to earlier settlement negotiations and increased accuracy on reserving by helping claimants return to pre-accident employment or to..
Health & Case Management Limited (HCML) and Link Insurance have formed a partnership on a rehabilitation solution aimed at individuals who have sustained a minor musculoskeletal injury.
According to the partners, results from the programme have..
A study has found that wearing compression stockings (also known as flight socks) resulted in “a very large reduction in symptomless DVT (deep vein thrombosis) among airline passengers who were allocated to wear compression stockings..
The Times has reported that Merck is said to be facing legal action over another of its drugs, Fosamax, which is marketed as a treatment for osteoporosis. The paper said that class action lawyers were..
Employment relations organisation Acas has launched new guidance to help employers and individuals understand how imminent age discrimination legislation will affect them.
Acas chair Rita Donaghy said: “A lot of organisations are under the impression that..
The number of accident claims increased in 2004/5 but has not returned to pre-2003 levels, according to a new report from Datamonitor. The report, “UK Personal Injury Litigation 2005,” reveals that the number of disease..
Claimants failed to discharge the burden of proving that they did not have the requisite knowledge of material facts at the relevant date for limitation purposes. The claim arose as a result of a business..
A variety of documents and practices may be sufficient to satisfy an employer’s duty to provide employees with a safe system of work. A woman was employed as assistant head teacher at a special school..
Claims arising out of intentional sexual assaults were subject to a fixed six-year limitation period from the date of the assaults, or from the claimants’ majority, if later. The Human Rights Act 1998, which did..
The corporation that managed the organisation of a number of member firms was entitled to cover under a composite professional indemnity policy even though the policy had been avoided against the member firm against which..
Serious injury from an accident caused by an employer’s negligence that resulted in an employee suffering posttraumatic stress disorder, leading to severe depression and his eventual suicide, entitled his widow to claim against the employer.
A police force has paid £65,000 in compensation to a Pakistani man who claimed he was racially discriminated against. The award included £25,000 for injury to feelings, £4,000 aggravated damages and £5,000 exemplary damages.
A glasscutter has been awarded £5,500 in compensation after an accident at work. His claim for compensation was backed throughout by the GMB Southern Region and its lawyers Thompsons.
The judge at Canterbury County Court found..
A waitress has won £124,000 in compensation for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal. She worked at an exclusive members’ club in Mayfair and was subjected to sexual harassment and bullying by..
The four victims of the Northwick Park drug trials represented by Leigh Day & Co have received interim payments to help tide them over the coming difficult months.
Two weeks ago at a meeting with lawyers..
A woman has won £15,000 against a holiday company after she seriously injured her left knee whilst skiing. The 51-year-old went on a week long package holiday which included adult ski school lessons. She had..
A man has been awarded £4,750 by his employers in an out of court settlement after suffering deep cuts through trapping his head in a freak forklift truck accident. He lacerated his ears after slipping..
A female soldier has been awarded £12,000 in compensation for sexual discrimination by the Army. The woman did not win all of her allegations at an employment tribunal – 12 of the 43 allegations were..
A secondary school teacher who faced discrimination at work from a council because of her sight loss has received £196,000 in compensation. In July 2004, the Court of Appeal ruled that the teacher, with over..