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With many countries now vaccinating and looking to lift lockdowns, the question on everyone’s lips seems to be “can employers require their employees to vaccinate?”. In this article, our experts based in Denmark, the UK, US and India look to provide an answer from each of their respective jurisdictions, and thereafter forecast the potential COVID-19 employers’ liability claims we can expect to see in the future.
In this article, we provide perspectives from both the United Kingdom and United States on compliance with safety measures during the pandemic, discuss the shift in responsibility to ‘police’ rules and regulations from individuals to retailers, and offer a glimpse into the future in terms of the likely claims retailers may face.
The Justice Minister for Northern Ireland has launched a public consultation on increasing the general civil jurisdiction of the county courts in Northern Ireland. This will impact a range of claims with personal injury, defamation and clinical negligence claims included in the remit of the consultation.
The fourth edition of our most popular guide for claims handlers has launched, helping empower insurers, third party administrators, corporates and their claims teams to become less reliant on their lawyers
While 2020 was undoubtedly the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is becoming the year of the vaccination. In this article, our industry experts consider the latest developments relating to the vaccine and provide an overview of its impact on various sectors.
Case review 21-01-2021
Nash v Hertfordshire County Council [30.11.20]: The underlying case concerned a claim for personal injuries and loss suffered by the claimant, who contended that swerving to avoid potholes on a rural access road in Hertfordshire, while navigating a bend, caused him to collide with a transit van.
Kennedys has appointed partner Sarah-Jane Dobson to its growing international products law practice. Sarah-Jane, who joins from Cooley LLP and will be based in Kennedy’s London office, specialises in litigation and regulatory matters relating to product safety, product compliance and product liability.
Case review 14-01-2021
Ohoud Al-Najar (by her litigation friend, Khadia Al-Mulla) and others v The Cumberland Hotel (London) Limited [18.12.20]: The appellants’ claim was advanced on the basis that the owner of the hotel had broken the duty “to take such care as in all the circumstances of the case was reasonable to see that [the Appellants] person and property were kept reasonably safe, whilst they were staying at the hotel”. Some 30 allegations of negligence were advanced against the hotel relating to the adequacy of security arrangements.
From the Insurance Post Claims and Fraud summit 2020, in this video James Shrimpton, Partner at Kennedys, focuses on the legal basis for Covid-19 infection claims, current medical research, the impact of the pandemic on other injury claims and whether we will see a flood of infection claims.
Kennedys is warning the Government that it has a number of obstacles to overcome if the UK is to realise its ambition to be at the forefront of emerging autonomous vehicle technology.