By Phil Bell, Royal & SunAlliance
In recent years, the UK has seen a sharp change in activity for claims arising from bodily injury. Undoubtedly, the attitude of the population has changed and with it comes..
Writing in the Law Gazette, Richard Langton, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, has attacked the Association of British Insurers’ recent research into the ‘added value’ of personal injury lawyers and its proposal..
A recent landmark case has drawn significant attention to the possibility of foreign claimants, injured abroad, pursuing their claims in British Courts, according to law firm Browne Jacobson.
A British claimant, injured in New South Wales..
Nearly half of all consumers (46.9%) are willing to use new providers of legal services like divorce, residential property conveyancing and will writing when the Legal Services Bill becomes law, according to new research.
The Department for Constitutional Affairs has offered Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards the contract to run the Monitoring and Compliance Unit for the regulation of claims management services. The Staffordshire Trading Standards team will be..
The Claims Standards Council has named the new executive team appointed to head up the trade body in its dealings with the new claims management regulator. The executive board is to be chaired by Andrew..
The Times has reported that the Association of British Insurers (ABI) sent letters of complaint to the Treasury and the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) “after learning that its members faced two layers of regulation..
Hiscox Insurance Company has launched a new management liability policy developed to cover the liabilities of UK companies, their directors and employees. According to Hiscox, it has been introduced to address the significant rise in..
Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings and Sirius International Insurance have established an agreement to underwrite aviation reinsurance. Mario Montelatici of the Sirius Zurich office will underwrite Excess of Loss aviation reinsurance business on behalf of Flagstone Reinsurance.
A new survey from the Royal College of Physicians shows that junior doctors are at increased risk of road traffic accidents driving to and from work. The annual survey of Specialist Medical Registrars shows that..
The Department for Transport has also published an article on contributory factors to road accidents. This article describes the scope and limitations of the information on contributory factors recently added to the national road accident..
The Department for Transport has published National Statistics on road casualties in Great Britain in 2005 which show reductions in both the number of road accident deaths and the number of serious injuries.
The report, “Road..
The Law Society has published its first report on the career experiences of gay and lesbian solicitors. The report focuses on the factors determining whether a gay or lesbian solicitor would be open about their..
A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has examined the association between shift work and risk of prostate cancer incidence. It concluded that, compared with day workers, rotating-shift workers were significantly at risk for..
Despite changes in the law aimed at protecting workers with cancer from unfair treatment, a survey by the Disability Rights Commission has revealed that employers are still dismissing women with breast cancer rather than making..
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has warned that the Government must protect investment in NHS staff and services to deal with the damage to more than 1mn British people with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), while employers..
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published safety statistics for the offshore industry during 2005/06. The figures show that two workers were killed and 50 suffered major injuries. This compares to no fatalities and..
Max Re Capital has announced that its subsidiary, Max Re Ltd, has formed a dedicated aviation insurance unit that will operate from the company’s Dublin offices. The business will be led by Olivier Marre, senior..
Industrial chemicals such as pesticides, PCBs and flame retardants have been found in food consumed throughout Europe, from dairy products to meat and fish, according to a WWF report.
The new report, “Chain of Contamination: the..
Nearly 84% of US medical interns reported that they are continuing to work hours that exceeded the limits of a 2003 national standard implemented by the medical profession, according to a new study. A related..
The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that “accountants and lawyers claimed a staggering £70mn in fees to administer a compensation scheme which left cancer victims with just 20% of the money they should have received.”..
Victims of asbestos related diseases are to receive some compensation more than five years after the Turner & Newall group of companies went into administration. The Administrators, Kroll, have put together proposals for a £33mn..
Legislation to allow mesothelioma sufferers to claim full compensation and their families to claim for their own grief and suffering has been published by the Scottish Executive.
Under the current law, sufferers of mesothelioma face the..
A Passive Smoking Register is being established by union GMB Northern and Thompsons Solicitors to help protect bar, casino and nightclub workers. They are calling for those working in smoky environments to sign the register...
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a new initiative to work towards addressing any potential risks posed by the products of nanotechnologies. The Voluntary Reporting Scheme invites industry, research..
The European Commission has published its third report on the application of Council Directive on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning liability for defective products.
The Commission concluded that..
Living close to heavy industry may increase the risk of developing lung cancer, according to a report published in the UK by the University of Newcastle.
Over 200 women under the age of 80 with primary..
The European Medicines Agency is to look again at the cardiovascular safety of non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). A year ago, the Agency’s scientific committee, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), recommended..
Many in the insurance industry will need to review their recruitment practices to comply with the new Age Discrimination regulations, according to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC).
In common with other professional services sectors, insurance industry jobs..
According to research carried out by Castle Cover, the insurer specialising in the over 50s, around 70% of those surveyed had never heard of the government’s soon to be launched age discrimination legislation. Of the..
Research from The Employers Forum on Age (EFA) has discovered that 16.6mn people in Britain (61%) in employment have been aware of ageist behaviour happening in their workplace. Almost a third (31%) said they’d worked..
Nearly a third of respondents intending to work beyond state pension age who have taken part in a new national survey believe that employers won’t want to hire older workers, despite new laws designed to..
The Government has brought in its new Age Discrimination regulations which it claims will give important new rights and responsibilities to every employee and business in Britain, and protect workers of all ages from discrimination..
Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) has released research that has dispelled the myth that charities don’t get sued. The research found that one in three people (14.7mn) in Britain would try to claim compensation from a..
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that an employer is not obliged to extend sick pay for a disabled employee.
The claimant suffered from clinical depression and her condition amounted to a disability under the Disability..
The court ruled that as the claimant had not come upon the aftermath of the accident, her claim for compensation for nervous shock was dismissed.
The claimant’s husband was injured in an explosion at work. His..
The court ruled that the occupier of a dwelling was liable under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 for injuries sustained by a visitor. The claimant sought damages from the defendant for damages arising out of..
The Court of Appeal has remitted a case for rehearing on the grounds that the trial Judge had made an error in his assessment of the claimant’s injuries and symptoms complained of.
The claimant brought a..
A mother of three, who suffered serious medical complications following the birth of her first child, has finally received compensation for her injuries, which include being left incontinent. The legal battle lasted more than 13..
A man has received an out-of-court settlement of over £2000 after sustaining a crush injury to his right middle finger leaving him with permanent injuries. The man suffered his injuries whilst employed as a junior..
A 53-year-old asbestos victim with mesothelioma has won his case against his former employer and has been awarded a £40,000 interim payout. His lawyers say he could win a six-figure sum in damages, after his..
A policeman has won £18,000 after suing his employers for psychiatric injury and depression caused by bullying. He claimed he was bullied by senior officers, and while the judge ruled that colleagues did not deliberately..
The family of a teacher who died from mesothelioma caused by low levels of exposure to asbestos has received a settlement of £115,000 from his county council, who accepted liability for his death. The school..
A carpenter with mesothelioma has won a £400,000 damages payout in the High Court. He was regularly exposed to asbestos dust and fibres whilst working on three tower blocks in Stratford, East London between 1975..
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