A man diagnosed with mesothelioma has received £140,000 compensation from his former employer’s insurers. He was exposed to asbestos whilst working as an electrician on government buildings maintenance contracts. During his time he was never..
A man who was electrocuted at work has received £50,000 in compensation in an out of court settlement. He was studying accountancy part-time whilst working as a supermarket cashier. He was standing behind a till..
The Law Society and Sound Off For Justice have launched a new report, “Mission Millions: Government plans cost more than they save,” in response to the government proposals to cut £350 million from the UK..
Solicitors for the Claims Standards Council (CSC), the trade body which represents claims management companies, have written to the Government warning of CSC’s intention to commence judicial review proceedings if the Government goes ahead with..
The Supreme Court has decided unanimously that the Scottish Parliament had acted within the scope of its powers when it passed the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) Act in 2009, legislation that offered those that have pleural..
New figures, obtained by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) under a Freedom of Information request, show that out of a total 218,100 employment tribunal claims in 2010/11, just 277 alleged that employers..
New figures show the on-going trend for falls in the number of people injured and made unwell at work has continued, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The statistics published by the HSE..
Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has announced the start of “radical changes to the sector.” He heralded a new era for legal services with the launch of Alternative Business Structures, which for the first time will..
The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has issued a warning about proposed European fatigue rules. “The public would rightly be outraged if an airline pilot drank five cans of lager while at the controls of..
The Law Society has said it welcomes the Government’s decision to pass responsibility for the regulation of claims management companies to the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke. The move follows a review by the Cabinet Secretary..
Checks on how schools outside of local authority control are managing asbestos have revealed that most have adequate arrangements in place - though 17% fell below acceptable standards in relation to management procedures, according to..
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a new system of regulation “designed for busy, working people.” He said, “The Coalition is on a mission to liberate small business. We have set ourselves the..
Kennedys has warned that the proposed ban on referral fees published by Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, includes a significant loophole that could allow referral arrangements in through the ‘back door’.
Head of Kennedys Liability Division,..
A serious injuries expert at Fentons Solicitors, Matthew Claxson, has raised concerns as to how safe cycling in London is, as the numbers of cyclists killed on London’s roads continues to rise. Thirteen cyclists have..
A study into the use of mobile phones and the risk of brain tumours, published in the British Medical Journal, has concluded that there is little evidence for a causal association. The study, “Use of..
A leaked Government report has been published by The Daily Telegraph which states that “Britain’s ‘terrible’ employment laws are undermining economic growth and should be overhauled”.
The confidential report obtained by The Daily Telegraph said that..
Reforms to no-win, no-fee arrangements are unlikely to reduce premiums for consumers, said the Law Society, responding to a Transport Select Committee evidence session on the cost of motor insurance.
“Insurance premiums continue to rise by..
Beachcroft LLP and Davies Arnold Cooper LLP have merged to form DAC Beachcroft LLP. The new firm, DAC Beachcroft employs more than 2,000 people across the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. It provides..
The Shipowners’ Club has once again held its premiums to the previous year’s levels, and has reported an increase of 7.3% in earned premiums for the half-year ended August 2011.
In its half-yearly report, Shipowners states..
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) recently convened an Experts Workshop to draw up detailed proposals for putting into practice key parts of the Jackson report on the implementation of civil costs reform.
The CJC was asked..
The ABI has responded to the Supreme Court ruling over pleural plaques in Scotland by pointing out that insurers remain fully committed to continuing to pay compensation to people with asbestos-related conditions, such as mesothelioma.
An electrician who developed mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos throughout his 28 year career with a family firm has received more than £200,000 in an out of court settlement just months before his..
Nearly two thirds of Scots killed at work last year worked in agriculture, analysis of figures published earlier this year by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have shown. Of the fifteen workplace fatalities that..
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has said it has misgivings about various aspects of the proposed draft directive on the protection of workers exposed to electromagnetic fields, which it believes is short-changing workers.
Stress is, for the first time, the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual employees, according to this year’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s Speech to the recent Tory Party Conference included yet another attack on health and safety. Cameron told the party faithful that the Government was giving neighbourhoods new powers to take over..
Legal expenses insurer DAS has warned that changes to unfair dismissal rules announced by the Chancellor, George Osbourne are unlikely to benefit many small businesses.
The Chancellor has indicated the Government’s intention to increase the length..
The Law Society has received sufficient assurances from the Irish Government and the joint administrators of Quinn Insurance Limited (Quinn) that the interests of the 500-plus solicitors who have run-off professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover..
The Bar Council has warned the Government of the serious consequences of pursuing far reaching cuts to legal aid, as the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill reaches Report Stage in the House..
A pharmaceutical company which provided a faulty bicycle for employees to get around its site has paid compensation to a worker who suffered a broken ankle whilst using it. The bike, estimated to be around..
A young woman who suffered an undiagnosed third degree perineal tear whilst giving birth to her first child has received compensation of £90,000. She underwent artificial rupture of the membranes and was given a drug..
The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP has described referral fees as bribery, and said that firms that cold call people over accident claims were “verging on the criminal.”
Appearing before the House of Commons Transport Committee..
The Lord Chief Justice has announced, following consultation with the Lord Chancellor and the agreement of the Lord President, the appointment of Mr Justice Langstaff as the President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal with effect..
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