The employment tribunal had jurisdiction to hear discrimination and unfair dismissal claims brought by claimants who had been employed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the British section of international schools in Belgium and..
A successful claimant was entitled to seek costs that included a success fee under a conditional fee agreement, where the agreement had been entered into between the claimant’s insurers and the lawyers acting for him..
It bore repetition that in unfair dismissal disputes it was for the employer to take the decision whether or not to dismiss an employee; for the employment tribunal to find the facts and decide whether,..
A man who injured his wrist has received £20,000 in compensation. He was visiting a family member at his local hospital. As he was walking along the main hospital corridor, he slipped and injured his..
According to a survey by law firm Irwin Mitchell, more than half (57%) of businesses believe the imminent scrapping of the default retirement age (DRA) will lead to an increase in the number of tribunal..
The family of a pensioner who was left seriously injured after being knocked down by a lorry while shopping has received £50,000 in compensation, just six months after she died. The woman, who was in..
According to the Aon Airline Insurance Market Outlook 2011, premium rose in line with industry growth in 2010, 4% more premium from 2009 and 10% more risk exposure based on passenger numbers, with rates, represented..
A civil servant who suffered a serious knee injury when a faulty lift at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) went into free fall has received £16,500. An inspection report showed the lift had previously had..
A former painter and decorator who was nearly blinded in one eye after an accident at work has been awarded £100,000 in compensation. He was carrying out decorating work at a department store in London..
The government has published its proposals for reform of the civil justice system in England and Wales to a chorus of support from insurers and disapproval from plaintiff lawyers. This response is not surprising. The..
The Acas council has welcomed the government’s proposal for all potential employment tribunal claims to be offered early conciliation with Acas first. In its submission to the government’s consultation document “Resolving workplace disputes”, the Acas..
Two brothers, living in Australia, who developed asbestos diseases after they worked together for several years in the shipbuilding industry in Belfast, have received damages. One of the brothers contracted lung cancer and the other..
Sienkiewicz (Administratrix of the Estate of Enid Costello) (Respondent) v Greif (UK) Ltd (Appellant)
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Appellant) v Willmore (Respondent)  UKSC 10
On appeal from the Court of Appeal  EWCA Civ 1159..
Motor insurance premiums are rising rapidly, despite the long-term trend towards there being fewer casualties from road accidents. Young drivers in particular must pay especially large insurance premiums.
The high cost of motor insurance can cause..
An elderly man who made a hospital negligence claim after a series of errors left him requiring additional operations has received £26,000 in damages. He had suffered serious pain in his gall bladder caused by..
A council worker whose hands have been permanently damaged after using vibrating tools at work has received £60,000 in compensation. The landscape gardener has been forced to work a three-day week after developing Carpal Tunnel..
A man who broke his spine in three places in a road traffic collision has received more than £650,000 in damages after doctors sent him home from hospital saying he was merely suffering with whiplash...
The Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO) said it is now able to start accepting data from insurer members for upload to the Employers’ Liability Database (ELD). Insurers are testing their systems to make sure their..
If the US Supreme Court grants the generic drug industry immunity for failing to warn of their drugs’ possible side- effects, patients will face a much greater risk in suffering injuries, according to the American..
A man has been awarded £370,000 compensation in a settlement after a motorbike accident left him with severe injuries, forcing him to retire early. He was left with serious injuries to his shoulder, neck and..
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said the government announcement on civil litigation reform “will put the brake on runaway legal costs and mean a better deal for genuine claimants and insurance customers.” The ABI..
Fraud is one of the main factors driving up the cost of motor insurance, according to the cross-party transport committee at the House of Commons. Wider access to justice should not provide a licence to..
Construction union UCATT said it has exposed the growing problem of employment agencies ignoring safety laws on protective equipment and has called for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to take action on the matter...
XL Insurance has announced the expansion of its product recall team with new underwriters in New York and London. The move follows increasing demand for food and beverage product contamination cover, especially for North American..
The Northern Ireland Assembly has passed the Damages (Asbestos Related Conditions) Bill NI, which restores the right to claim compensation for pleural plaques. The right to claim compensation for pleural plaques was ended by the..
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has taken legal action after the Lord Chancellor failed to review the discount rate. APIL has issued proceedings for a judicial review after the Lord Chancellor, despite stating..
Health and safety regulation will focus on high-hazard sites and tackling rogue employers and consultants, not tying up the vast majority of Britain’s businesses in unnecessary red tape and regulations, according to employment minister, Chris..
An independent commission to investigate the case for a UK Bill of Rights has been launched by deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, and secretary of state for justice, Kenneth Clarke. The commission, to be headed..
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) called the House of Commons transport committee’s report into the cost of motor insurance, a “missed opportunity”.
Nick Starling, director of general insurance and health at the ABI, said: “The..
The Law Society has welcomed the conclusion of the justice select committee, which said the government’s proposals for cutting the legal aid budget need “considerable further refinement” and theMinistry of Justice should assess the merits..
ISO, a provider of property/casualty insurance risk information, has launched the ISO Casualty Index, a service providing loss ratio and loss development trends for select lines of casualty insurance.
The index is based on ISO’s statistical..
The Bar Council has established a working group to explore the viability of a Contingency Legal Aid Fund (CLAF) in the wake of the government’s response to its consultation on civil litigation costs. Alongside the..
The Law Society has said although Lord Justice Jackson’s report made it clear the proposals could not be “cherry picked” and the provision of an effective legal aid system was “a given”, this appears to..
The proposals announced by justice secretary, Ken Clarke, will boost insurance companies’ profits, disenfranchise thousands of people who have a genuine personal injury claim and not save the government any money, according to law firm..
The Claims Standards Council (CSC) said, following the close of the consultation on February 14, it was totally bewildered by the recent government announcement on reform of the civil justice system, bearing in mind the..
TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, said: “Employers need to know there is the possibility of a safety inspector visiting, otherwise there will be no incentive for them to ensure they are protecting their workers. Removing..
The16th annual local authority road maintenance (Alarm) survey, conducted on behalf of the Asphalt IndustryAlliance (AIA), has confirmed a marked deterioration in the condition of local roads, with the number of potholes over the past..
Kiln has launched a new liability function to underwrite and support general liability risks. The new product line, which will be led by Chris Jones, will initially focus on writing primary and excess business in..
A young woman who suffered burns and psychological harm after an accident at work has received £62,500 in compensation. She worked in catering at her local nursing home. She was injured when the oven in..
Britain should be braced for a possible increase in the number of road deaths because of cuts to the road safety budget and traffic growth caused by economic recovery, according to a report called “Tackling..
The Supreme Court has given a judgement that will affect accountants who act as experts in civil proceedings, either as expert forensic accountants in commercial litigation cases or on an ad hoc basis such as..
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