The Government has responded to the consultation seeking views on recommendations for changing the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations 1998. The Administrative Burdens Measurement Exercise (ABME) in 2005/6 identified the requirement to display employers’ liability..
Insurance law specialists Kennedys and Davies Lavery have announced their decision to merge from 1 September 2008. The newly merged firm will be known as ‘Kennedys’ and will number some 110+ partners and a total..
Following recent Corporate Manslaughter legislation, construction businesses that do not meet Health & Safety standards will be more exposed to major liability exposures than ever, according to Lockton’s latest Market Watch bulletin.
Lockton’s Real Estate and..
Insurance companies should brace themselves for higher costs associated with no win, no fee cases following the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Carver v BAA, according to insurance specialists at Browne Jacobson.
Chubb Insurance has announced the launch of Masterpro, a one-stop-shop package covering the needs of individuals and organisations with content exposures. The cover is aimed at advertisers, advertising agencies, broadcasters, publishers and video and film..
Dutch company EUclaim has set up an office in the UK. EUclaim specialises in gathering and analysing flight data, which it uses to assist passengers who suffer flight cancellations or long delays and are in..
The Department of Transport has published “National Statistics on road casualties in Great Britain in 2007”, which relate to casualties in accidents reported to the police.
The number of people killed in road accidents fell, by..
Marsh has urged the NHS to be more proactive in managing the threat of MRSA, warning that the consequences of inaction runs into the hundreds of millions of pounds every year.
Speaking at a conference examining..
A new report by Help the Aged has revealed that local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland are holding back millions of pounds to cover the potential cost of personal injury claims when people fall..
Zurich is to issue an extension of coverage for its Directors’ & Officers’ (D&O) policy wording in response to the new law and procedures now in place under the Companies Act 2006 governing shareholder derivative..
The economic downturn in the US and many parts of Europe, caused by the contraction of readily available credit in some spheres, will increase the incidence of professional liability claims against UK law firms during..
The “Crisis of enforcement” report has had a mixed reception. Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Jenny Willott said: “It is deeply worrying that fatal accidents at work are being brushed under the carpet...
Every year 5,720 people die in the European Union as a consequence of work-related accidents, according to EUROSTAT figures. In addition, the International Labour Organisation estimates that an additional 159,500 workers in the EU die..
The Health and Safety Executive has published a study into excessive health and safety, or as it prefers to call it: “Evidence based evaluation of the scale of disproportionate decisions on risk assessment and management.”..
Provisional figures of work-related fatal injuries in Great Britain issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that 228 workers lost their lives as a result of accidents/incidents at work in 2007/08 compared to..
Organisations adopting a proactive approach to health and safety management tend to be more profitable and have lower accident rates, according to new research commissioned by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
The discovery of the parasite cryptosporidium at an Anglian Water treatment works in Northamptonshire should not result in a mass of claims, as timely warnings should have minimised the effect on public health, according to..
The US American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has revealed that just two days after news of salmonella-tainted tomatoes hit the US media, and despite the fact that the Food and Drug Administration was still searching..
Only 3% of US survey participants with international operations have purchased separate Directors and Officers (D&O) liability insurance policies for other individual countries, according to the 2007 US Survey on Insurance Purchasing and Claims Trends..
Michael Clapham MP, the chair of the UCATT parliamentary group has described the insurance industry as acting like “jackals” in their concentrated attack on paying compensation to victims of industrial illnesses. Mr Clapham was speaking..
Smokefree law in England has helped more smokers to quit than ever before and will help prevent an estimated 40,000 deaths over the next 10 years, according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK,..
The Scottish Parliament has brought in new laws which ban the use of sunbeds by under-18s. The laws are part of the recently passed Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill. The “Regulation of Provision of Sunbeds”..
The European Commission has produced an expert report entitled “Evaluating business safety measures in the toy supply chain”. European Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva said that the study was undertaken after a series of high..
A study has shown that prolonged seated immobility at work may represent a risk factor for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The study was carried by researchers in New Zealand and was published in the Journal..
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has welcomed the new Single Equality Bill. Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is the first step in a new generation of equality law. We want to..
The Government has announced new measures which will streamline and strengthen discrimination legislation, including banning age discrimination.
The Equality Bill will include powers to ban all unjustified discrimination against older people, such as denying them medical..
Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, has launched an expert equality taskforce that will “subject the root causes of inequality to unparalleled scrutiny”.
The National Equality Taskforce will consist of leading academics with cutting-edge research..
A cause of action for damages against the Government for failure to implement Community law and provide a remedy in a personal injury case accrued as soon as some measurable damage had been suffered.
A claim in negligence was not defeated by public policy unless the claim or a head of claim was inextricably bound up with or linked to the claimant’s criminal conduct. Where the depression the claimant..
A landlord’s claim for a possession order against a disabled tenant who sublet the premises in breach of the tenancy agreement did not amount to unlawful discrimination for a reason which related to the tenant’s..
The High Court held that parents who had hired a bouncy castle for their triplets’ 10th birthday party were liable when the claimant sustained a serious head injury whilst playing on the bouncy castle. The..
A woman has received £300,000 compensation after being badly injured in a road traffic accident despite the negligence of her former solicitors putting her claim in jeopardy. She was travelling in a car that collided..
A woman has received £70,000 in compensation after she was prescribed an incorrect dosage of medication which caused injury. She was initially incorrectly prescribed the medication by her GP. She was then supplied with the..
The widow of a painter and decorator, who died of mesothelioma, has received over £76,000 in compensation. He had worked as a painter and decorator and was exposed to asbestos due to the artexing which..
A man has received over £9000 in compensation after suffering injuries in a work accident. He sustained burns during the course of his work when a hot substance spurted from a machine under high pressure..
The family of a former UNISON member has received more than £140,000 in compensation following his death from mesothelioma. He was exposed to asbestos while working for Greater London Council (GLC) and Haringey Council. He..
A woman has received £25,000 in compensation after a road traffic accident left her with physical and psychological injuries. She lost consciousness after being involved in a collision with an HGV on the motorway. She..
A woman has received £90,000 compensation after falling down a flight of stairs at her office. She tripped on one of the non-slip strips which had become dislodged. She suffered a serious fracture to her..
A man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma has received £112,000 compensation. He was exposed to asbestos whilst working for a steel company as a blast furnace top shift foreman. All of the lagging in the..
A woman received nearly £35,000 compensation after a road traffic accident left her with psychological injuries. She was travelling as a passenger when the vehicle she was in was involved in a crash. She suffered..
A former plumber who was diagnosed with mesothelioma has received £100,000 compensation. He was exposed to asbestos several times during his employment history, however, mainly whilst working for a steel company as a plumber. Any..
A labourer has received £23,500 compensation after being injured at work. He was stood between two skips when, suddenly and without warning, one of the skips was moved, trapping his hand. It was understood that..
The family of a woman who died after being diagnosed with mesothelioma has received compensation the Turner & Newall (T&N) Scheme. According to her lawyer, the value of the mesothelioma claim under the scheme would..
A builder has received £25,000 compensation after being injured in a work accident.
He was walking along scaffolding carrying a heavy concrete block when he suddenly tripped on some scaffold batting which was the incorrect size..
The Scottish Government has published a new bill overruling the decision taken by the House of Lords last October that asymptomatic pleural plaques do not give rise to a cause of action under the law..
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