Law firm Thompsons has called for liability insurers to be regulated as part of the Compensation Bill and the Regulation of Claims Management Services. In its response to the consultation, Thompsons said it welcomes the..
The Department for Constitutional Affairs’ consultation paper ‘Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules: Offers to settle and payments into court’ has received a large number of responses.
The paper invited comments on issues arising from..
A report from ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has said that Equitas still faces risks of undercapitalisation in certain situations. The report said “Standard & Poor’s current view that Equitas is insufficiently capitalised to run..
The proportion of private motor insurance sold online is predicted to reach 29% by 2009, up from an estimated 12% in 2005, according to a new report from Datamonitor. The report said that the predicted..
According to research by Marsh, hospitals are losing the chance to save material amounts of money through a failure to examine sufficiently their risk management techniques. Marsh has urged healthcare organisations “to meet the challenges..
The Healthcare Commission has urged NHS hospitals to step up efforts to improve the prescribing and dispensing of medicines. The Commission made the plea when publishing comparative assessments on medicines management for all 173 acute..
The ACE Group of Companies has launched the ACE Advantage Global Protection program, which it describes as the first global directors’ & officers’ coverage which provides a matrix of admitted and non-admitted policies around the..
The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has revealed that during 2005 it paid out £41mn on behalf of its members in discretionary indemnity claims and legal costs, compared to £51mn in 2004.
The MDU said that this..
The Legal Services Bill currently passing through the legislative process in the UK is likely to precipitate radical changes in the structure and ownership of many major law firms by allowing third parties to take..
Around 41% of legal practices who have bought their professional indemnity insurance this year have paid up to 20% less than last year, according to new research by broker PYV Limited.
In a survey of solicitors..
The Health and Safety Executive has published a report into the cost of occupational asthma in Great Britain. The HSE commissioned Metroeconomica Limited, the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), and the University of Aberdeen to..
The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has urged people to focus on real risks – those that cause real harm and suffering – and stop concentrating effort on trivial risks and petty health and safety...
A report in the TUC magazine Hazards has revealed that over 4000 young people (16-24 years) are seriously injured at work every year, 12 are killed (2004/5, 16 in 2003/4) and 15,000 are injured badly..
A report published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) entitled “Self-reported work-related illness in 2004/05: Results from the Labour Force Survey” has revealed that musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are the biggest cause of work-related ill..
QBE has announced that its new aviation syndicate, Emilio Di Silvio Syndicate 5555, has opened for business one month ahead of the previously announced schedule. Operating as a sub-syndicate of 2999 within QBE Lloyd’s managing..
A wave of social and regulatory legislation for the marine industry means that shipowners can expect to pay up to a 10% increase on their P&I (protection & indemnity) premiums at the 2007 renewals, according..
The Government has published its response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution’s report Crop spraying and the health of residents and bystanders. Of the 35 recommendations in the report, the Government has accepted, will..
Exposure to dust after the collapse of the World Trade Center produced a substantial reduction in pulmonary function in New York City Fire Department rescue workers during the first year after 09/11/2001. This is according..
Almost 70% of workers and volunteers who worked at Ground Zero and other sites following the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 had a new or worsened respiratory symptom that developed during..
Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a screening method to examine how newly made nanoparticles - particles with dimensions on the order of billionths of a meter - interact..
Guy Carpenter has announced the publication of “Nanotechnology: The Plastics of the 21st Century?” a comprehensive overview of the emerging science of nanotechnology, its potential benefits for the global economy, associated risks and implications for..
New research conducted for RNID’s Don’t Lose the Music campaign has revealed that 58% of 16-30 year olds are completely unaware of any risk to their hearing from using MP3 players and other audio products..
Research by scientists from the Leiden University Medical Centre has revealed that deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is not only caused by air travel, but can be a risk factor for passengers who travel by plane,..
More complications occur when surgery is performed in the afternoon, according to researchers at Duke University in the US. They reviewed over 90,000 operations and found that medical mistakes were most common when surgery started..
Young people suffer from age discrimination at work more than older age groups, according to new research by Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA). A seventh (14%) of young people, under 25 years old, felt discriminated against..
Employers should do more to tackle age discrimination, according to new research published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The Age Partnership Group (APG) sector specific research reports look at the challenges faced by..
A former employee was entitled to damages for harassment and bullying at her workplace under Protection from Harassment Act 1997. The court ruled that the company failed to prevent the bullying, or to protect her,..
The defendant applied to strike out a part of the claimant’s statement of case that argued that periodical payments should be subject to the Average Earnings Index (AEI) and not the Retail Prices Index (RPI)...
The claimant sustained serious injuries in an accident whilst he was working for the defendant. Following several surgical operations, the claimant began a career in retail banking. However, further surgery was only partially successful and..
A boy was walking with his mother and decided to leap-frog a bollard which was one of a number installed by the defendant highway authority to protect pedestrians from traffic and to control parking on..
The family of a scaffolder who died from mesothelioma have been awarded over £200,000. He worked at a power station and at oil refineries, working next to laggers who were removing and replacing asbestos lagging..
An agency worker who lost his toe in an accident at work has received £60,000 in compensation. The man was working the night shift carrying out maintenance work which involved him climbing over a conveyor..
A man who suffered work related hearing loss has won over £5,000 in compensation. The man suffered occupational deafness over a period of several years, working as a butcher for a number of companies, due..
The general manager of a department store in Jersey has received £32,500 in compensation after being redundant. The award was made after a claim for unfair dismissal. It was reported to be the highest award..
An NHS hospital trust has paid £127,500 to the family of a teacher who died after doctors failed to diagnose his bone cancer. His cancer was eventually diagnosed after he fractured his thigh bone while..
A female prison officer who was forced to carry out searches on male inmates has been awarded more than £100,000. She sued the Home Office for sexual discrimination on the grounds that male officers did..
A council has paid compensation to a whistleblower who was sacked after he reported irregularities in a tendering process. An internal report into the process found serious irregularities but its findings were allegedly covered up..
A woman who was still suffering severe abdominal pains three years after suffering a by a serious gastric illness whilst on holiday in Mexico has received interim compensation of £4,000 from the tour operator
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