Rome II will apply, in civil and commercial matters, to most non-contractual obligations where there is a conflict of laws. As a result of a late amendment sought by the European Parliament, the recitals of..
The Civil Service Appeal Board has published its Annual Report 2006-07 in which the Board reveals that during the financial year under review, 409 new appeals were received, the highest number since the Board was..
US law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) is to merge with Kendall Freeman with effect from 1 January 2008. According to the two firms, the merger “will significantly enhance the capabilities of the..
The number of cases brought to employment tribunals in Great Britain in 2006-07 rose by 15%, from 115,039 in 2005-06 to 132,577, according to statistics from the Tribunals Service. The number of cases disposed of..
Research by the Ministry of Justice has revealed that less than one in four consumers have heard of either Before the Event (BTE) or After the Event (ATE) legal expenses insurance.
The research report produced by..
A member of the legal working party for the Fourth UK Bodily Injury Awards Study and co-author of the legal report has warned that compensation awards will grow still higher if the Government moves to..
The total cost of bodily injury claims paid by UK motor insurers has significantly outstripped inflation over the past decade rising at 9.5% a year between 1996 and 2006 – more than double the growth..
ACE European Markets Insurance and ACE European Markets Reinsurance will now trade under the business name of ACE Bermuda International (ABI). In addition, the legal company names will change to ACE Bermuda International Insurance (Ireland)..
The transport industry continues to have one of the worst records for major injuries due to falls from vehicles during the loading and unloading of goods. Figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)..
‘Litigation happy’ claimant solicitors who issue proceedings prematurely to escape being bound by the Road Traffic Accident (RTA) Fixed Recoverable Costs Scheme should beware of the firm line the courts are now taking in these..
The Healthcare Commission has published a report detailing significant failings in infection control at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. The Commission conducted an investigation into the trust following a referral from the strategic health..
The Healthcare Commission has pledged to continue tough action in NHS trusts that are failing to put adequate systems in place to tackle healthcare-associated infections.
The Commission said it recognised concerns raised by patients and the..
The British Medical Association (BMA) is advising any doctor who has received compensation for an injury at work since 1972 that they may have been underpaid. The advice comes after the Department of Health announced..
A new offence of corporate manslaughter (corporate homicide) will come into force on 6 April next year, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed. The 2007 Act changes the basis on which companies are liable for..
Directors duties hold the key to reducing serious accidents and fatalities in the workplace according to the trade union Unite. The trade union has said that while it welcomes the corporate legislation introduced this year..
Persons who reported chronic job strain after a first heart attack (myocardial infarction) had about twice the risk of experiencing another coronary heart disease event such as heart attack or unstable angina than those without..
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health sponsored the recent World Conker Championships, because it wants people to see their inspectors do not ban activities such as conkers. It was the 43rd annual event held..
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned quarrying companies and stonemasons of the risk workers face of contracting the potentially fatal disease silicosis, if adequate measures to monitor and prevent exposure to respirable crystalline..
More than one in three European workers across all sectors suffers from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), according to the European Trade Union Confederation. It is Europe’s most widespread occupational disease, and European workers’ main health complaint.
The Health and Safety Commission’s (HSC) new chair, Judith Hackitt, has called for more board level engagement and ownership on health and safety issues. Ms Hackitt, who has been a commissioner with HSC, returns from..
The fallout from “Pantsgate” has already begun. A Washington Post report suggests that a District of Columbia commission has decided against reappointing notorious pants plaintiff Roy Pearson Jr to his $100,000-a-year job as an administrative..
The number of class action lawsuits filed against insurance companies in the US increased sharply during the 1990s prior to the passage of the federal Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA), according to a..
The day after the House of Lords verdict on pleural plaques and compensation, Labour MP Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow) asked in the House of Commons, “Does the Leader of the House agree that pleural plaques is..
Hospitality workers’ exposure to harmful second hand smoke has fallen by 95% since smokefree workplaces were introduced in England on 1 July 2007, according to new research from the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre in Warwick,..
Health Protection Agency is to carry out a systematic programme of research into wireless local area networks (WLANs) and their use. This will include measurements of exposures from the Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) network and is..
A new study in the US has examined the possible associations between occupation and the risk of dying from systemic autoimmune diseases. It found that occupational exposures in farming and industry may be linked to..
A controversial new report into work place cancers has been published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. The paper, “Burying the Evidence: How Great Britain is Prolonging the Occupational Cancer Epidemic” is..
A party could be substituted under section 35 of the Limitation Act 1980 where the ten-year limitation period for making a claim for damage caused by a defective product had expired, even where the correct..
An employment tribunal was not required to approach its consideration of the nature of the relationship between a minister and his church with the presumption that there was no intention to create legal relations.
A person who developed pleural plaques as a result of having been negligently exposed to asbestos in the course of his employment, could not sue his employers for negligence because the presence of pleural plaques..
The families of two steeplejacks who died onsite during a job have been awarded more than £300,000 each in compensation. The two men were killed in an explosion while fixing a chimney. Manslaughter charges against..
A teacher has been awarded over £20,000 in compensation following a successful claim of unfair dismissal. Her employer had alleged that her activities in the union undermined the school and caused fellow staff members to..
A man who now requires lifelong care following a car crash has been awarded £5.1mn in personal injury compensation. The man, who was being driven in a company car, received severe brain injuries that led..
A healthcare assistant who was injured when he went to help a colleague being attacked by a patient has been awarded nearly £5,000 compensation. The man was working at a hospital which cares for people..
A hospital trust has paid out £3.1mn in compensation to a girl who suffered injuries at birth. The girl was left brain damaged after suffering from oxygen starvation in the latter stages of her delivery...
A gardener who suffered Vibration White Finger (VWF) injuries at work has won £3,000 in compensation from the council who employed him. He had been employed by the council as a groundsman, strimmer/gardener and sexton...
A man who suffered from work-related noise induced hearing loss has won £3,500 in compensation. He was employed as an extrusion operative from 1974 until 2005. He initially started in the re-melt department and then..
A teenager is to be awarded a compensation package of nearly £5.5mn after a series of failures during his birth left him severely disabled. The boy has quadriplegic cerebral palsy after he was deprived of..
A painter and decorator who was left seriously injured after he fell through scaffolding has received a multi-million pound settlement. He was left with brain damage after a plank split, causing him to fall 6..
A man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working for various employers at chemical plants and power stations has been awarded £175,000 in compensation. His employers admitted liability, but the main issue surrounded his health..
A retired teacher who was diagnosed with mesothelioma has won £135,000 in compensation. She was referred to hospital and was told that her mesothelioma was probably related to previous asbestos exposure. The only asbestos exposure..
The House of Lords has ruled that pleural plaques are not compensatable, much to the relief of insurers. Plaintiff lawyers and unions have responded with dismay at the ruling.
“Proof of damage is an essential element..
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