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If you weren't able to join one of our webinars we've made them available to view online so you do not miss any important legal and industry updates.

Listed below by expertise, you can find a range of our webinars to watch on demand by filling out a short form.

For further information please contact our events team.

Featured webinars

Insurance and claims

Construction professional indemnity webinar - 4 December 2023

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

  • Decision of Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited v AECOM Limited [2023] EWHC 2620 (TCC).
  • Expiry clauses in appointments and collateral warranties – potential pitfalls and limitations in drafting including application to claims in common law and statute.
  • The impact of insolvency on construction litigation.

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Building safety webinar - 27 November 2023

During this session our expert speakers discussed recent industry developments including:

  • A recap of BSA developments in 2023 and the new provisions that will be coming into force in 2024.
  • News on the dutyholder regime effective from October 2023.
  • First Remediation Order decision - Sarah White & Karin Ida Christina Martensson & Other leaseholders v Kedai Limited.
  • Developments with the second staircase rule on buildings that are 18 metres and above.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 18 September 2023

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

  • URS Corporation Limited v BDW Trading Limited [2023] – the first Court of Appeal decision relating to claims under the Defective Premises Act 1972 since the Building Safety Act 2022.
  • Distinctives of Scottish construction law, including an update on building safety reforms, time limits and recovery of costs.

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Building safety webinar - 12 September 2023

During this session our expert speakers discussed recent industry developments including:

  • The latest developments from Australia.
  • How the Building Safety Act will have an impact on new build warranties and structural defect policies.
  • A discussion on new management liability issues arising from the UK Building Safety Act 2022, with a prospective on D&O exposures.
  • An update on new key regulations coming into force on 1 October 2023, which will govern the construction and design of higher risk buildings.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Building Safety Act webinar - 24 April 2023

During the session, chaired by Partner Paul Lowe, Robert Calnan and Neil Shah discussed recent developments including:

  • Sections of the Building Safety Act 2022 (“BSA”) coming into force, including s.39 of the BSA.
  • Progress with The Pledge entered into by developers.
  • Government policy, including proposed action against cladding manufacturers.
  • Remediation Contribution Orders and the First Tier Tribunal’s recent decisions.
  • The Building Safety Regulator and registration of higher-risk buildings.

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Damage to a construction project in Europe, which insurer pays? - 19 April 2023

Iain Corbett, Kennedys' Partner, Chair and Head of Global Construction, was joined by speakers from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and Spain to:

  • Provide an overview of the insurance policies in place for construction projects in Europe (to include CAR, PL, and PI) and the interrelationship between them. 
  • Review the application of various construction related policies in place across the various European countries.
  • Discuss the issues raised by amicable expertise and court-appointed investigation.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 20 March 2023

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

  • Building Liability Orders: piercing the corporate veil and a new frontier in cladding claims.
  • An Australian perspective: the impact of inflation and the expansion of statutory duties of care on the cost of Australian construction claims.
  • Insolvency in construction: trends, protecting the contractual position, and mitigating risk.

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Developments in construction and building law - 13 December 2022

During this webinar, special counsel Mairead Cusack discusses the pace of building industry reforms in New South Wales, and compares the position in NSW with other Australian States and the United Kingdom.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 5 December 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

  • Circumstance notifications – a recap
  • Claims trends in 2022
  • Developments in Ireland regarding expert evidence

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Building Safety Act: Implementation and HMG’s Recovery Strategy - 15 November 2022

Kennedys' Paul Lowe and Jesal Parekh were joined by guest speakers Graham Cundy, Director of the Recovery Strategy Unit and Frances Parrott, Head of the Recovery Strategy Unit at The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

During the session we heard about DLUHC’s work to change culture in the construction industry, and where appropriate, how the government is pursuing firms and individuals who are not making buildings safe.

Kennedys’ speakers also discussed the regulatory aspects of the Building Safety Act that will be implemented throughout 2023 and the changes’ potential impact on the insurance market.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 6 September 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

Building Safety Act 2022

  • Role of the new regulator.
  • Who is paying for remediation work.
  • Changes to limitation periods.
  • Lifting the corporate veil.

Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978

  • “Same damage” claims involving a settlement and limitation.

Limitation defences for design professionals

  • Construction claims - some basics.
  • Design and build contracts.
  • Professional appointments.
  • Limitation bars, the DPA and the risks.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 10 May 2022

During this webinar our speakers discussed:
• Case bite - recent TCC decisions.
• Assumption of duty and the professional duty of care: where are we now in light of Multiplex Construction Europe Limited v (1) Bathgate Realisations?
• Scotland: is limitation still prescriptive?

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Building safety webinar - part two - 30 March 2022

Following on from our first building safety webinar, where we discussed the key developments for insurers and industry in 2022, we are pleased to have returned to the same topic where we answered the questions posed to us during and after the first session.

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Building safety - the key developments for insurers and industry in 2022 - 23 March 2022

In this webinar, our speakers discussed:

  • The Building Safety Bill, limitation and liability – what’s new in 2022: the most important amendments to the Building Safety Bill in 2022, including extensions of liability under the Defective Premises Acts and their impact on insurance claims.
  • Who funds building safety remedial works? The Government has placed demands upon developers and manufacturers. We reviewed the response from industry and what that response means for the insurance market.
  • The Building Safety Regulator: its role and powers to sanction firms, also how the regulator’s operations will affect insurers.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 26 January 2022

During this webinar our speakers discussed:

  • Rising input costs and the impact on those carrying construction professional indemnity risk.
  • Adjudications: recent decisions and recurring challenges.
  • Important procedural changes in Irish civil litigation.

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Navigating the future of privacy & compliance in the age of AI - 9 February 2024

In the first part of the “Privacy without Borders” series, this 30-minute webinar explores AI, privacy, and legal landscape while considering the present position in the United States’ and the forthcoming EU AI Act. This lecture touches on a forward-looking perspective on the global legal landscape surrounding artificial intelligence and lays the foundation for future discussion into the intersection of law and AI.

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Future directions in data breach disputes - 22 November 2023

We were delighted to host the online version of our popular in-person seminar on the future directions in data breach disputes, held earlier this year.

In the wake of the Optus and Medibank data breaches, each of those businesses faces a representative complaint and at least one class action. Until now, complaints and litigation arising from data breaches have been fairly rare in Australia. Will these actions mark a turning point in the frequency of data breach disputes in Australia?

This webinar looked at the various bases on which plaintiffs and complainants can bring actions in relation to a data breach under Australian law – through the OAIC complaints process, the tort of negligence, breach of contract, Australian Consumer Law, and shareholder actions – and the issues that arise with each. It also looked at the statutory tort of serious invasion of privacy and the proposed direct right of action under the Privacy Act.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Cyber threats and debt issues: spotting red flags to help protect your business - 24 January 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar on cyber threats and debt issues on Tuesday 24 January 2023 where our speakers looked at:

  • Current market: is your business or insured well-equipped to deal with debt recovery and data breaches in a challenging market?
  • Warning signs: how can you spot warning signs and try to prevent non-payment and strains on commercial relationships?
  • Protecting your business: what is the actual cyber threat landscape and what are the most basic things every business can do protect their data and minimise the risk of and damage caused by cyber threats and data breaches?

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Once more unto the breach: Australia’s new Privacy Act reforms - 8 December 2022

Kennedys Partner Nicholas Blackmore looks at the amendments proposed by the fast-tracked Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022, and considers what other reforms may follow.

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Proposed updates to cybercrime and cybersecurity laws - 24 November 2022

Kennedys Partner Nicholas Blackmore looks at the detail of the proposed new laws, why they are necessary, how they compare to similar laws overseas, and what else Hong Kong can do to strengthen its cybersecurity position.

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Business email compromise and payment fraud - 10 August 2022

Kennedys Partners Nicholas Blackmore and Joanie Ko  discuss current trends in business email compromise incidents and look at the legal and regulatory aspects of responding to an incident, including breach notification requirements and disputes about misdirected payments.

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Data breach - a new claims farming opportunity? 3 August 2022

Our speakers provided an overview on data breach claims, looked at relevant case law and explored past and future appetite for claims farming in this market.

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Business email compromise and payment fraud - 28 June 2022

Kennedys partner Nicholas Blackmore discusses current trends in business email compromise incidents and delves into the legal and regulatory aspects of responding to an incident, including breach notification requirements and disputes about misdirected payments.

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Responding to a ransomware attack - 17 June 2022

Kennedys Partners Joanie Ko and Nicholas Blackmore, along with Paul Byrne, APJ Director of Business Development – Legal & Insurance from CrowdStrike, discussed how they would advise their clients in the Asia Pacific region to respond to a hypothetical ransomware attack scenario from a technical and legal perspective, including a discussion on the importance of recovery, forensic investigation, communication with the threat actor, data breach notification and other issues.

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China's new Personal Information Protection Law (Hong Kong) - 29 March 2022

Kennedys Special Counsel, Nicholas Blackmore shared the key concepts of China’s new Personal Data Information Protection Law and its most important features for Hong Kong businesses. 

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China's new Personal Information Protection Law - 24 March 2022

Kennedys Special Counsel, Nicholas Blackmore provides a guided tour of China's new Personal Information Protection Law and its most important features for Australian businesses.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Accountants webinar - 29 March 2022

During this webinar our team of experts discussed some key topics that affect the accountancy profession:

  • FRC’s audit enforcement procedure and accountancy scheme - how to respond and what to expect.
  • Tax schemes - Knights v Townsend – duties of introducers.
  • The wake of Manchester v Grant Thornton - duty dependent upon purpose and how are the Courts applying this decision?

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Rewriting the risk: addressing the challenge of the evolving climate litigation space - 27 February 2023

During this webinar, we were joined by guest speaker, Birgit Vosper, Head of Global Practice Group Liability Claims at AGCS, who:

  • Provided an overview of the types of claims that AGCS are dealing with in the climate space and the drivers of the increasing climate litigation.
  • Discussed the medium term outlook for climate claims and reserving strategies.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers, from our UK, US and Australian offices provided an insight into the impacts of climate caselaw on claims handling and claims reserving.

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The role of the legal expert and the loss adjuster, comparative approaches and practices - 9 June 2022

Our webinar examined the question of the role of the legal expert and loss adjuster from a comparative law perspective (France, Spain, United Kingdom and Latin America). It was presented by specialists in these issues within our firm. This webinar was aimed at insurers, claims managers and lawyers confronted with these questions in the context of their professional practice.

Please note this webinar is in French.

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Ireland: Consumer Insurance Contracts Act 2019 (webinar 3 of 3) - 26 May 2022

Our third and final webinar assessed the key features of the Consumer Insurance Contracts Act 2019 (“CICA”) which is the most significant legislative reform of insurance law in Ireland since the Marine Insurance Act 1906. We considered the substantive changes brought about by CICA.

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Ireland: Civil Reforms and a less tolerant judiciary (webinar 1 of 3) - 12 May 2022

Our first webinar focused on recent changes in Irish Court procedure. These include new Court Rules, shortened timeframes for pleadings, judicial intolerance of delay, increasing prevalence of case management, and a growing culture of ADR.

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Life sciences update - 30 November 2023

As innovative products and treatments continue to transform the life sciences sector, speakers Emilie Civatte, Thomas Panter, Myunghoon Paik and Nathalie Smyth recapped the key legal and regulatory developments in the EU and UK impacting life sciences businesses and their insurers in 2023, and how these might present in 2024. Key points that our speakers discussed include:

  • Proposed reform of product liability laws.
  • Artificial intelligence: regulation and civil liability.
  • Medical device regulation.
  • Clinical trials regulation.

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UK product safety regulation_ an update on proposed reforms webinar - 20 September 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar which addressed the latest developments that are set to fundamentally change the UK’s product safety regulatory landscape, and how these are significant to businesses and their insurers.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Psychedelics: a new age for mental health? - 28 February 2023

Nathalie Smyth, Legal Director in our products law and life sciences team was joined by the eminent Professor David Nutt, Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London, who considered:

  • An overview of the history and use of psychedelics.
  • The status of clinical trials research and outcomes.
  • Current legal restrictions and proposed safeguards.
  • Potential risks and liabilities.

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The use of data in life sciences and in defence of litigation webinar - 3 March 2022

This webinar was chaired by Emily Brett, Senior Associate at Kennedys who was joined by two eminent guests speakers Dr. Jee-Yeon Lehmann Ph.D., Economist and Vice President at the Analysis Group and Trevor Lewis, Founder, Director and Principal Consultant, Medical Device Consultancy as they discussed the use of data in post-market surveillance and regulatory decision making including the challenges posed by new technologies.

They also considered how data is used by expert biostatisticians, and the relevance of such evidence in the defence of medical products and pharmaceutical litigation.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Current issues in freight forwarding and logistics – an international review - 9 February 2023

In this webinar, our speakers provided a review of some of the problems which our international logistics team are seeing on a regular basis. They discussed:

  • The expanding role of the freight forwarder in the modern supply chain.
  • The logistics crisis (in terms of the shortage of haulage availability and recent delays at ports), force majeure defences and container detention charges.
  • Freight forwarding in Hong Kong – an overview of the market, issues being faced and horizon scanning, including the “Belt and Road” initiative.
  • The extended definition of merchant under bills of lading capturing freight forwarders, and how the principal / agent issue has been treated in Australian courts.
  • Demurrage and detention charges and how they have been treated in Australian courts.
    Misleading and deceptive conduct involving house bills of lading.

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UK product safety regulation_ an update on proposed reforms webinar - 20 September 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar which addressed the latest developments that are set to fundamentally change the UK’s product safety regulatory landscape, and how these are significant to businesses and their insurers.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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2023 European product safety legal and regulatory outlook: what to expect and how to prepare - 26 January 2023

With the benefit of their cross-disciplinary products law and cybersecurity expertise, and practical insights from our network of EU products practitioners, Kennedys’ global product safety and liability partner, Sarah-Jane Dobson and associate, Yaseen Altaf, provided a high level overview of the proposed reform of existing regimes as well as the introduction of new laws and regulations

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The right to repair: is it already broken? - 22 November 2022

Kennedys’ international product safety and liability partner Sarah Jane-Dobson was joined by Beko's head of sustainability and quality in UK and Ireland Steve Clarke.

This interactive discussion provided a multifaceted review of the ‘right to repair’, a broad concept which provides rights to consumers to repair or upgrade products they have purchased for an extended period, with a view to saving costs and facilitating the development of the circular economy.

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EU Product Liability Directive proposal - a brave new world? - 20 October 2022

Following our product liability and product safety team's latest article on the proposal for a revised EU Product Liability Directive (“the Proposal”), we were delighted to host a webinar on Thursday 20 October 2022.

Samantha Silver, Partner, addressed:

  • A summary of the background to the Proposal.
  • The significance of the key provisions for businesses and their insurers.
  • Next steps and timing for implementation in the EU.
  • Potential divergence of the position in the UK.

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Product liability: global perspectives on the law and emerging risks - 12 July 2022

In this webinar we travelled across the world for comparative insights on product liability, with speakers from Peru, Spain, the UK and the USA. We discussed:

  • The bases on which product liability cases are brought and how they are managed by the courts in their respective jurisdictions.
  • The application of existing product liability regimes to new technologies such as software and artificial intelligence.
  • Class actions.
  • Emerging risks.

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Solicitors professional liability webinar - 12 October 2023

During this webinar, chaired by Kennedys' Partner Paul Castellani, our speakers covered market developments including:

  • Possible future trends in claims against solicitors arising from innovation in the delivery of legal practice including the use of AI tools.
  • Indemnity for fee-reimbursement claims following the recent Court of Appeal judgment in RSA v Tughans.
  • The extension of fixed costs to professional liability actions.
  • Claims relating to Stamp Duty Land Tax relief for properties which are said to be uninhabitable.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 20 March 2023

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

  • Building Liability Orders: piercing the corporate veil and a new frontier in cladding claims.
  • An Australian perspective: the impact of inflation and the expansion of statutory duties of care on the cost of Australian construction claims.
  • Insolvency in construction: trends, protecting the contractual position, and mitigating risk.

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Solicitors professional liability webinar - 14 March 2023

During this webinar, chaired by Kennedys' Partner Paul Castellani, our speakers covered market developments including:

  • Solicitors regulatory update: consideration of recent prosecutions, the SRA’s new guidance on good practice and the potential changes arising from the Economic Crime Bill.
  • Update on solicitors entitlement to indemnity insurance in respect of claims for recovery of fees following RSA v Tughans.
  • Overview of key developments for solicitors to look out for in 2023.
  • Update on duties owed to third parties including discussion of Court of Appeal decision in Asfraf v Lester Dominic Solicitors.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 5 December 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

  • Circumstance notifications – a recap
  • Claims trends in 2022
  • Developments in Ireland regarding expert evidence

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 6 September 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

Building Safety Act 2022

  • Role of the new regulator.
  • Who is paying for remediation work.
  • Changes to limitation periods.
  • Lifting the corporate veil.

Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978

  • “Same damage” claims involving a settlement and limitation.

Limitation defences for design professionals

  • Construction claims - some basics.
  • Design and build contracts.
  • Professional appointments.
  • Limitation bars, the DPA and the risks.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 10 May 2022

During this webinar our speakers discussed:
• Case bite - recent TCC decisions.
• Assumption of duty and the professional duty of care: where are we now in light of Multiplex Construction Europe Limited v (1) Bathgate Realisations?
• Scotland: is limitation still prescriptive?

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Solicitors professional liability webinar - 22 March 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Helen Ager, Partner, Kennedys, we covered market developments including:

  • Page v Kidd & Spoor Harper Solicitors [2021] 11 WLUK 294, in which Kennedys acted successfully on a strike out application (and appeal);
    • The 15-year long stop date for negligence claims.
    • One of the key issues concerned the circumstances in which counsel's advice was reported to the client.
  • Litigation funding market - its growing importance in claims against professionals and issues arising for practitioners who act in litigation funded retainers.
  • Review of the latest SRA report which urges firms to change their culture to ensure that a safe environment is provided to all staff in relation to their physical and mental well being, which includes an environment in which mistakes and regulatory breaches can be reported and addressed without fear.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 26 January 2022

During this webinar our speakers discussed:

  • Rising input costs and the impact on those carrying construction professional indemnity risk.
  • Adjudications: recent decisions and recurring challenges.
  • Important procedural changes in Irish civil litigation.

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Winery claims Part 3 - Grape expectations: What’s it worth? Stock loss and inventory valuation - 29 November 2023

When evaluating winery claims, winery owners and insurers rely on various procedures to value the impacted wine. Verifying the volume and varietal and incorporating lost sales are key considerations in their assessment.

In the third of a three-part series, this 30-minute webinar covered various concerns and issues arising from different stages in the valuation process for winery claims. Topics included procedures for valuations and loss calculations, various valuation and mitigation issues arising from affected wine, and coverage issues.

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Winery claims Part 2 – Hot topics in winery coverage claims - 3 October 2023

Disasters and losses are becoming more common, driving up insurers’ risk exposure for winery coverage. In the second of a 3-part series, this 30-minute webinar covered various aspects of winery coverages and their interplay with other policies of insurance. Further, we explored some of the scenarios claims handlers are seeing and coverage issues that may impact those scenarios including a discussion on hot topics in litigation. Topics included case law trends, insurance triggers and why the timing matters, and coverage issues.

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Winery claims Part 1 – Smoke taint and why the science matters - 10 August 2023

Grapevine smoke exposure and smoke taint in wine are increasing problems for grape growers and winemakers throughout the world. In the first of a 3-part series, this 30-minute webinar will cover issues related to smoke taint in wine and why the science matters. Topics include chemical analysis, emerging research, and coverage issues.

Elizabeth Tomasino, Associate Professor of Enology at Oregon State University, will be a guest speaker.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Weathering the future storm: as the climate changes how should insurers of property risks respond? - 24 February 2022

During this webinar, speakers from our property damage and marine teams discussed some of the risks likely to be affected by increased climate volatility, and the issues that arise both before and after extreme weather events.

They also covered claims in relation to flooding of commercial and residential property, warehouses and ports, and increased risk presented by aridity and heat through extremes of temperature.

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Commercial

Local authorities: managing commercial risks webinar - 10 October 2023

Kennedys' Senior Associate Frances Moseley and Partner Arran Roberts, discussed:

  • Financial health:
    • Saving money by avoiding losses/recovering monies owed effectively.
    • Taking steps to minimise exposure.
    • Ensure terms/policies are up to date and compliant with relevant legislation (impact of Consumer Rights legislation).
  • Cyber:
    • Controller and processer obligations and potential supply chain exposures.
    • Regulatory developments and compliance.
    • Emerging cyber trends and threats.

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Travel providers: managing commercial risks - 12 September 2023

Kennedys' Partner Claire Mulligan, was joined by Oliver Dent, Partner and Carlyn Weale, Legal Director who discussed, red flags, steps to take to minimise exposure, debt recovery and cyber threat for travel providers.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Healthcare providers: managing commercial risks - 9 May 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar focusing on managing commercial risks for healthcare providers on Tuesday 9 May 2023. Our speakers, Legal Director Carlyn Weale and Senior Associate Frances Moseley, discussed red flags, steps to take to minimise exposure, debt recovery and cyber threat.

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Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act – 23 November 2023

During this webinar we discussed the recent landmark piece of legislation which has just been passed, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act.


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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Collective redress in Europe: lessons to be learned - 25 May 2023

The interactive discussion focused on the impact of the EU’s Directive on Representative Actions for the Protection of the Collective Interests of Consumers in Ireland, where there is currently no existing legislative framework for collective actions akin to other jurisdictions, and featured practical insights from our expert class action lawyers in France and Australia, including in relation to:

  • Admissibility and certification of claims.
  • The availability, and scrutiny of, third party litigation funding.
  • Cross border actions.
  • Collective/class action trends and risks.

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Employment law update - 6 December 2023

Legal Director Erica Aldridge, Associate Fiona Egan and Senior Associate Sarah Ludlam from our employment law team discussed:

  • Employee communications in the workplace.
  • Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023.
  • Artificial intelligence and employment law.

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Kennedys and Think People annual review of employment law - 4 December 2023

Kennedys and Think People were delighted to host a webinar on Monday 4th December, where we heard from speakers Alexander Redpath Senior Associate, Kennedys and Ursula Henderson Senior HR Consultant, Think People, on the following key developments in Northern Ireland:

  • Legislative update.
  • Caselaw updates.
  • A look ahead to 2024.

Our caselaw updates included a review on holiday pay in light of Agnew v PSNI. We also discussed an employer’s duties when organising Christmas parties, handling illness arising from substance abuse and disciplining employee’s for misuse of social media.

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What is vicarious liability? - 14 September 2023

During this webinar, Partner Chris Molnar and Senior Associate Rod Felmingham provided an overview of vicarious liability and its application in the workplace and other settings. They also examined a recent decision in the High Court of Australia that clarified when employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees (CCIG Investments Pty Ltd v Shokman).

The discussion focused on:

  • The implications of the decision.
  • Vicarious Liability in employment and other settings.
  • The non-delegable duty.
  • Key take-outs.

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Employment law update webinar - 13 September 2023

Associate Sophie Fletcher Watson and Senior Associate Sarah FitzGerald from our employment law team was joined by Legal Director John Pain from our cyber team to discuss:

  • A comparison of the employment law landscape between the UK and Australia covering recent changes to flexible working provisions.
  • Recent regulatory activity from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and how that translates to best practice.
  • Case law review and horizon scanning.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Employment law update - 28 June 2023

We were delighted to host our webinar on Wednesday 28 June 2023, where we provided an employment law update, as well as an analysis on hot topics within the employment law field.

During this session, our panel of experts from Kennedys' national employment team discussed:

  • Neurodiversity in the workplace.
  • Business immigration and recent changes to the regime.
  • Horizon scanning.
  • Case law review.

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An overview of TUPE webinar - 5 April 2023

During this webinar Senior Associate, Alexander Redpath discussed: 

  • When does TUPE applies?
  • What rights are protected under TUPE?
  • What are my information and consultation obligations?
  • TUPE dismissals and can terms and conditions be changed after TUPE?

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Employment law update webinar - 29 March 2023

During this session, our panel of experts from Kennedys' national employment team:

  • Discussed the proposed changes to flexible working.
  • Explored the options and risks associated with changing employee terms and conditions.
  • Provided an update on forthcoming changes in employment law as well as review some recent cases.

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Workplace law changes in 2023 - 1 December 2022

During this webinar, Partner Chris Molnar and his team discuss how you can best manage workplace law amendments in 2023 with a particular focus on the recently introduced Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill legislation.

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Employment law update - 2 November 2022

During this webinar our speakers provided an insight on recent developments in case law and current hot topics within the employment law field, including:

  • Menopause and the Equality Act.
  • Trans rights vs philosophical belief.
  • Case law update and horizon scanning.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Arrested development? How the law can curtail real estate development webinar - 5 June 2023

During this webinar, our speakers provided a practical understanding of the potential impact of the recent legal developments in this area. Our speakers covered:

  • How worried real estate developers, investors and funders should be about the after effects of this decision.
  • How it interacts with the other tried and tested means of challenging potential development projects, such as rights to light and restrictive freehold covenants.
  • Whether there is a risk that a newly energised challenge on one or more of these grounds cast a shadow on the prospect of obtaining planning permission for the new development as well.

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Healthcare

Medical law seminar: mental capacity - 23 November 2023

Rob Tobin, Head of Medical Law was joined by Alex Ruck Keene KC, Dr Lucy Stephenson and Princess Menkiti-Udom. During the seminar, chaired by Kennedys' Partner Camilla Long, they discussed mental capacity to make decisions about medical treatment and to litigate cases.

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The Care Quality Commission - roles and regulations within the healthcare industry webinar - 13 November 2023

During this webinar, Kennedys' Partner and Head of Regulatory Danny McShee discussed:

  • Trends and updates within the CQC.
  • The CQC’s revised approach to regulation.
  • Warning Notices and prosecution powers of the CQC.
  • Letby / Nottingham University Hospitals – a new dawn for criminal investigations in healthcare.

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Medical law seminar: best interests - planning ahead - 6 December 2022

In this seminar we were joined by Dr Zoë Fritz, Dr Imogen Goold and Rebecca Langley, as we discussed how best interest decisions are made in the Court of Protection and how they can be improved with advance care planning - starting these difficult conversations much earlier.

Rob Tobin also walked through some of the recent Court of Protection cases our Medical Law Group have worked on, focusing on the ethical and legal challenges facing clinicians, relatives and judges in making the right best interests decisions.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme 2024 - 18 January 2024

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the first session of our annual healthcare seminar programme 2024 on Thursday 18 January, where we had guest speaker HHJ Thomas Teague KC, Chief Coroner for England and Wales provide his view on the inquest landscape and tips for practitioners.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 22 November 2023

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the final session of our annual healthcare seminar programme 2023, held virtually on Wednesday 22 November, with guest speaker Ms Michaela Arrowsmith, Lead Nurse for Tissue Viability. This session focussed on how to avoid pressure sores and their claims.

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Annual 2023 global healthcare conference programme - 8 November 2023

Kennedys' global healthcare team were delighted to host our fourth and final conference of our Annual 2023 global healthcare conference programme, chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare. This was an interactive virtual conference where we travelled across the world to review COVID-19.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme 2023 - 2 November 2023

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the sixth seminar of our annual 2023 programme, which was held both in-person and virtually, on Thursday 2 November 2023 with guest speaker Helen Vernon, Chief Executive NHS Resolution.

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Annual 2023 global healthcare conference programme - 27 September 2023

Kennedys' global healthcare team were delighted to host our third conference of our Annual 2023 global healthcare conference programme, chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare. The session was an interactive virtual conference where we travelled across the world to review informed consent.

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In conversation with global healthcare legal experts - 13 September 2023

We were delighted to host an in-person discussion with healthcare legal experts from our Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland and UK offices on Wednesday 13 September 2023 at our new London office, the evening consisted of our experts discussing the key points for their jurisdictions.

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Quantum - Part two - focusing on amputation claims

Kennedys' global healthcare team were delighted to host our second conference of our Annual 2023 global healthcare conference programme, chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare.

This was an interactive virtual conference where we travelled across the world to review quantum in amputation claims. We had speakers from Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the UK.

 

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 14 June 2023

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the sixth session of our annual healthcare seminar programme 2023, which was held virtually on Wednesday 14 June 2023. This session focussed on causation in obstetric claims, with guest speaker Mr Nitish Narvekar, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.

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Healthcare providers: managing commercial risks - 9 May 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar focusing on managing commercial risks for healthcare providers on Tuesday 9 May 2023. Our speakers, Legal Director Carlyn Weale and Senior Associate Frances Moseley, discussed red flags, steps to take to minimise exposure, debt recovery and cyber threat.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 26 April 2023

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the fourth session of our annual healthcare seminar programme 2023, which was held virtually on Wednesday 26 April. We welcomed guest speaker Ms Carolyn Voysey, Lead Midwife, alongside Kennedys' Partner Ed Glasgow to discuss how to avoid claims in midwifery.

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Quantum - Part one - focusing on delayed diagnosis of cancer - 21 March 2023

Kennedys' global healthcare team were delighted to host our first conference of our annual 2023 global healthcare conference programme, chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare.

This was an interactive virtual conference where we travelled across the world to review quantum in delay in diagnosis of cancer claims. We had speakers from Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 15 March 2023

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the third session of our annual healthcare seminar programme 2023, which was held virtually on Wednesday 15 March 2023. In this session we welcomed guest speaker Mr Edmund Gritt, Assistant Coroner, who focused on inquests – what a Coroner requires from legal teams, witnesses and advocates.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 22 February 2023

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the second session of our annual healthcare seminar programme 2023, held virtually on Wednesday 22 February 2023, with guest speaker Dr Rebecca Whiticar, Consultant in A&E. This session focused on breaches of duty in A&E.

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Product liability and medical malpractice - 29 November 2022

Kennedys' global healthcare team were delighted to host the fourth and final session of our annual 2022 global healthcare conference programme chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare.

We travelled across the world to review the potential overlap between medical malpractice and product liability in relation to the use of medical devices and products. We had speakers from Australia, France, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 23 November 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the ninth and final seminar of our annual healthcare programme for 2022, which was held virtually, on Wednesday 23 November 2022. We welcomed guest speaker Professor Timothy Draycott, Consultant Obstetrician at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, who focused on causation in obstetric claims.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 26 October 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team hosted the eighth seminar of our annual 2022 programme, which was held both in-person and virtually, on Wednesday 26 October 2022, with guest speaker Helen Vernon, Chief Executive NHS Resolution. The session focused on NHS Resolution: its current objectives and future aims.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 28 September 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team hosted the seventh seminar of our annual 2022 programme on Wednesday 28 September 2022 with guest speakers Dr Anwar Khan, Ellen Nicholson and Dr Ron Daniels. The session focussed on recognising sepsis in primary care.

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Assessment of damages around the world - 20 September 2022

Kennedys' global healthcare team held the third of our annual 2022 global healthcare conference programme chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare.

This interactive virtual conference travelled across the world to consider quantum in a maximum severity child brain injury case and compare the potential damages around the world. We had speakers from Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 30 June 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team held the sixth seminar of our annual 2022 programme, chaired by Daniel Freeman with guest speaker Kirsty Shaw, Chief Operating Officer at the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This seminar focused on what investigators look for and how healthcare bodies can improve care.

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Wrongful birth and wrongful life - 17 May 2022

Kennedys' global healthcare team hosted the second session of our annual global 2022 healthcare conference programme chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare.

We presented an interactive virtual conference where we travelled across the world to consider wrongful birth and wrongful life claims, with speakers from Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Latin America, the UK and Spain.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 27 April 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team hosted the fourth seminar of our annual 2022 programme, where we were joined by guest speaker Mr Adel Tavakkolizadeh, consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at King's College Hospital and specialises in upper limb surgery.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 29 March 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to hold the third seminar of our annual 2022 programme. In this webinar we were joined by Simon Hammond and Kamal Bedi, Director and Deputy Director of Claims Management, NHS Resolution.

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Healthtech, claims, data breach and cyber - 16 March 2022

We are at the cusp of an exciting age in healthcare with advances in digital healthcare technologies now starting to transform the way patients are treated and cared for across the globe.

Our interactive virtual conference travelled across the world to consider developments in digital healthcare technologies, the impact on claims and the role of data and cyber security, with speakers from Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Latin America, the UK and Spain.

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A view from the Royal College of Nursing on supporting and retaining staff in the health service - 22 February 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team hosted the second seminar of our annual 2022 programme, which was held both in-person and virtually.

Guest speaker - Dr Denise Chaffer, President of the Royal College of Nursing 

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Defendant personal injury

Catastrophic injury webinar - 7 February 2024

During this webinar, our speakers provided an insight into their experiences of cross border investigations and early quantum analysis of claims involving foreign nationals injured and/or bringing claims in the UK.

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Court control of care inflation the ‘new old’ guidelines - 21 September 2023

We were delighted to host our latest serious and catastrophic injury webinar on Thursday 21 September where we discussed important guidelines and changes in relation to care evidence.

Mark Burton, Partner and chair of Kennedys’ catastrophic injury group, reviewed two judgments and suggested new practical strategies for managing care evidence differently and better.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Fixed costs extension 2023 webinar - 18 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar on Tuesday 18 July 2023, where our speakers discussed the impact, challenges and uncertainties due to the extension of fixed costs.

Attendees gained an insight on changes and practical tips for dealing with potential challenges.

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Catastrophic injury virtual conference - 15 June 2023

We were delighted to host our catastrophic injury virtual conference on Thursday 15 June 2023.

Our expert speakers explored a range of market issues including:

  • Dual or multiple discount rates: the claimant and defendant perspectives.
  • Costs reforms and their predicted impact on serious injury claims.
  • Recent developments on claimants seeking to avoid Part 36 costs consequences.
  • Medico-legal expert market: problems and solutions.
  • Review of amputation claims trends.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Serious and catastrophic injury virtual conference - 19 May 2022

Our expert speakers covered a range of market issues including:

  • The latest updates on mild traumatic brain injury.
  • Public affairs review of the year.
  • Pushing the quantum boundaries in fatal accidents.
  • The changing cost of care.
  • Emerging heads of loss.
  • Computer forensics: a case study.

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An afternoon with Billy Monger - 15 March 2022

We were delighted to hear from Billy Monger Racing, a successful young British racing driver, on 15 March. Billy shared his story about his rehabilitation and return to motor racing after a life-changing accident in 2017.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 12 December 2023

The webinar chaired by Kennedys' Partner Huw Edwards, heard from Senior Associate Georgina Cox and Senior Consultant and expert witness Victoria Eyers from TRL as they discussed:

  • Considerations of Schoultz v Ball & others [2022] EWHC 2452 (KB), with insight from Victoria Eyers looking at how the accident was reconstructed and reflections on equine collisions.
  • Legal update on the chain of causation and recent dog v horse antics.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 20 November 2023

Kennedys' Senior Associates Anne Duffy and Amy Shneerson discussed:

  • Intermediate and fast track claims from an employers’ liability and public liability perspective including: exemptions, complexity bands and fixed stages
  • Transitional provisions and re-allocation/assignment of fixed recoverable costs.
  • Behaviours, strategies and tactics going forward for the employers' liability and public liability practice.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 3 October 2023

This webinar, chaired by Huw Edwards heard from a panel of our occupational disease team as they discussed, standard claims but from unusual places and cancers in the agricultural sector.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Fixed costs extension 2023 webinar - 18 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar on Tuesday 18 July 2023, where our speakers discussed the impact, challenges and uncertainties due to the extension of fixed costs.

Attendees gained an insight on changes and practical tips for dealing with potential challenges.

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Vicarious liability: the law in light of the Supreme Court judgement in BXB - 13 June 2023

During this session, Kennedys Partner James Shrimpton provided an overview of vicarious liability and where it applies. He discussed:

  • What vicarious liability is.
  • The criteria required for vicarious liability to apply.
  • The Supreme Court judgement in BXB v Trustees of the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses [2021] and whether this represents a change in the law.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 16 May 2023

This webinar, chaired by Kennedys' Partner Huw Edwards heard from Kennedys' Partner Naomi North and 23 Essex Street Barrister Kevin Saunders as they considered some of the potential offences arising from mud and debris being left on the road and the obligations on land owners/farmers required to comply with the law. They also considered cases of livestock straying onto the highway and potential sentences that can be imposed by a court.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 18 April 2023

The webinar, chaired by Kennedys' Partner Carol Dalton, heard from Associate Catherine Canham and leading UK dog behaviour expert witness and consultant Helen Howell to discuss:

  • The dog bite problem – the current state of play.
  • The factors which can turn man’s best friend into a hound from hell.
  • Animals Act and negligence.
  • What to look for in an expert witness.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 28 March 2023

Kennedys' Christopher Hale was joined by Mark Pilkington, Director at Equus Claims Management, to discuss:

  • Common claims that can arise in connection with fox, trail and drag hunting.
  • Legal framework for those claims and statutory defences.
  • Practical steps for insurers defending hunt claims.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 10 January 2023

This webinar considered the complex area of law involving liability for an injury caused by an animal knocking over a claimant. This usually involves dogs, and less rarely cattle. Our speakers discussed:

  • The Animals Act and negligence claims- is there a difference in approach?
  • Is a dog strike likely to cause “severe injury” to satisfy the Animals Act?
  • Is a dog running uncontrollably or having a propensity to collide with a person a “characteristic” under the Act or is this “normal” behaviour?
  • The use of expert evidence in defending claims.
  • The weight of newspaper/social media material.
  • The trends in recent case law of dog strike claims and recapping key cases in this area

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Animals and agricultural forum - 1 December 2022

Kennedys' Emma Cahill and Huw Edwards were joined by guest speaker Alan Bloor, Reading Agricultural Consultants to discuss the dangers to the public involving farmers cattle in the countryside including:

  • Public footpaths and livestock – the risks.
  • Legal duties – civil and regulatory.
  • How to minimise the risk in exposure to claims.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 16 November 2022

In this webinar we considered the impact of inflation on claims and how it will affect employers, employers' liability and public liability insurers. We considered:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance, employers' liability and public liability claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps employers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 10 November 2022

Kennedys' Georgina Cox and Huw Edwards were joined by guest speakers Georgina Crawford, Ropewalk Chambers and Charlie Lane, Lane Equestrian Consultants to discuss:

  • The Animals Act, a detailed look into defending Section 2(2)(a).
  • Likelihood and severity of injury from an expert’s perspective.
  • Trends in recent case law and the approach taken in Dennis v Voute Sales Ltd [2022].

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Assessment of damages in construction injury dispute - 20 October 2022

Kennedys Hong Kong Liability Defence Team Partner Wilson Tam and Associate Grace Wong will provide an update on the recent case law of assessment of damages in construction ECPI claims and the Court’s latest approach in assessing employability, length of sick leave and credibility of the injured. There will also be practical tips for case handlers on handling exaggerated claims.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Pre-litigation handling in the Celtic jurisdictions - 19 July 2022

In this webinar our speakers provided an insight in to the personal injury pre-litigation process and tactics across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They discussed:

  • Key aspects, and the impact of the Personal Injury Pre-Action Protocol.
  • Current personal injury landscape.
  • Tips for pre-litigation claims handling.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 13 July 2022

During this webinar, Kennedys' partner Christopher Oldfield provided an insight to the evidence required and the challenges to defending claims by pedestrians against cyclists, including:

  • Growth in popularity of cycling as a leisure activity and form of transport since the pandemic.
  • Insurance: home and contents policies, club membership specialist schemes and those uninsured.
  • Duties of vulnerable road users to each other whilst sharing the same space.
  • The hierarchy of road users.
  • Standard of care and contributory negligence.
  • Factual and evidential issues.
  • An evidence gathering checklist.

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Damages Claims Portal mandatory for defendants from 2 June - 26 May 2022

During this interactive webinar our speakers looked at the practical implications of the DCP. They discussed:
• What is the DCP?
• Which claims does it apply to?
• What do you need to know before 2 June?
• Key takeaways and predictions for the future of the DCP.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 4 May 2022

During this webinar, Kennedys' partner Tom Holbrook was joined by Dr Trevor Friedman, Consultant Psychiatrist to discuss:
• Recent studies and impact of COVID-19/health and safety executives.
• Employer's consideration.
• A psychiatrist's view.
• Stress claims.
• Lone working and harassment in the workplace.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 6 April 2022

During this webinar, our expert speakers discussed the rise in pets during lockdown and liability under the Animals Act 1971 including:

• The Court of Appeal case of Ford v Seymour-Williams and what this means.
• Strict liability for non-dangerous animals.
• Direction of travel for Animal Act claims.

We were also joined by guest speaker Georgina Crawford from Ropewalk Chamber who was the instructed Counsel in the Ford v Seymour-Williams case.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 3 February 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed the following:

Liability for violence and misbehaviour by employees and third parties:

  • An overview of the law including the latest cases.
  • Practicalities of managing these cases.

Security staff: assault, battery and false imprisonment:

  • The law and practical issues with defending claims.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Fixed costs extension 2023 webinar - 18 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar on Tuesday 18 July 2023, where our speakers discussed the impact, challenges and uncertainties due to the extension of fixed costs.

Attendees gained an insight on changes and practical tips for dealing with potential challenges.

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Changes to Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting webinar - 22 March 2023

On 6 April 2023, amended rules relating to Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting (QOCS) will reverse the Supreme Court decisions in Cartwright v Venduct Engineering Limited [2018] and Ho v Adelekun [2021].

We hosted a webinar on Wednesday 22 March where our speakers discussed:

  • How defendants will be able to enforce up to the extent of orders or agreements for both damages, costs and interest for claims issued on or after 6 April.
  • What this means for indemnifiers and how to prepare.
  • Potential claimant behaviours which may arise as a result of the rule change.

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Fraudulent claims across the jurisdictions - 26 January 2023

Our counter fraud partner James Stevens, our Scottish fraud practice lead Louise Houliston, and Belfast and Dublin based counter fraud practitioners Ian Martindale and Cian McGrath provided an insight into claims inflation and claims building trends across four jurisdictions.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Data breach - a new claims farming opportunity? 3 August 2022

Our speakers provided an overview on data breach claims, looked at relevant case law and explored past and future appetite for claims farming in this market.

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Organised fraud - fraud through a different lens - 18 May 2022

In this webinar, our speakers provided an update on the changing face of organised fraud. They also provided an overview as to the use of similar fact evidence to bring the bigger picture to the court’s attention, provided an example of a Kennedys' public liability operation and our approach to organised fraud.

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Fundamental dishonesty - where are we now and where are we going next? - 31 March 2022

In this webinar, our speakers provided an update on recent and future developments in fundamental dishonesty in England, Wales and Scotland. They also provided an overview of what they are seeing in the Courts at the moment and considered how the law may evolve further.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Fixed costs extension 2023 webinar - 18 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar on Tuesday 18 July 2023, where our speakers discussed the impact, challenges and uncertainties due to the extension of fixed costs.

Attendees gained an insight on changes and practical tips for dealing with potential challenges.

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Disease update: Asbestos litigation & HAVS A-B-Cs - 7 March 2023

This session, chaired by Kennedys' Partner Cameron Clark, discussed:

  • Recent case law in respect of breach of duty and the 1965 date of knowledge.
  • HAVS: Back to basics, what is it? and how to manage claims arising.
  • Updates on mesothelioma claims.
  • Practical tips on handling HAVS claims.

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Legacy disease webinar - 23 November 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed:

  • Immunotherapy and its contribution to claims inflation.
  • Clients strategies and further commentary around the issues being faced as a result of current economic circumstances.
  • Hand arm vibration claims: recent developments, trends, issues and strategies to deal with them.
  • Recent developments and potential issues on the horizon.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Celtic occupational disease - 8 March 2022

In this session we focused on occupational disease issues across the Celtic nations, including:

  • An overview of the Personal Injury Guidelines 2021 – the good, the bad and possible challenges.
  • A review of recent Scottish time bar decisions in asbestos litigation.
  • An overview of the anticipated Compulsory Pre Action Protocol for Disease and Illness claims in Scotland.
  • Current trends in the handling of noise-induced hearing loss in Northern Ireland.

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Local authorities: managing commercial risks webinar - 10 October 2023

Kennedys' Senior Associate Frances Moseley and Partner Arran Roberts, discussed:

  • Financial health:
    • Saving money by avoiding losses/recovering monies owed effectively.
    • Taking steps to minimise exposure.
    • Ensure terms/policies are up to date and compliant with relevant legislation (impact of Consumer Rights legislation).
  • Cyber:
    • Controller and processer obligations and potential supply chain exposures.
    • Regulatory developments and compliance.
    • Emerging cyber trends and threats.

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The extension of fixed recoverable costs - an update webinar - 19 September 2023

We were delighted to host our next local authority webinar in conjunction with ALARM on Tuesday 19 September, where we provided an update on the extension of fixed recoverable costs.

During this webinar, chaired by Kennedys Partner Louise Bedford, Associate Simon Allen discussed:

  • The new regime – what the final rules say.
  • Potential issues that may arise.
  • What the future may hold.
  • Recent changes to qualified one-way cost shifting.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Fixed costs extension 2023 webinar - 18 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar on Tuesday 18 July 2023, where our speakers discussed the impact, challenges and uncertainties due to the extension of fixed costs.

Attendees gained an insight on changes and practical tips for dealing with potential challenges.

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The Building Safety Act – essential professional indemnity and regulatory insights for 2023 - 11 July 2023

We were delighted to host our local authority webinar in conjunction with ALARM on Tuesday 11 July 2023 which focussed on the Building Safety Act and its key provisions.

Our speakers considered the Building Safety Act from a professional indemnity perspective and from a regulatory safety angle and considered the risk of prosecutions and claims with practical tips to limit the risk of breaches.

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AB v Worcestershire County Council and Birmingham City Council - The implications for public authorities - 24 May 2023

In May, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment on Article 3 of the Human Rights Act in AB v Worcestershire County Council and Birmingham City CouncilThe claimant's appeal was dismissed by the Court which upheld deputy High Court Judge Obi's decision to give the summary judgment to both defendants.

We were delighted to host our webinar on Wednesday 24 May 2023 where Kennedys' partners Andrea WardLouise Bedford and Tom Walshaw discussed what this judgment will mean for public authorities and the implications of the case outside the social care arena.

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The extension of fixed recoverable costs – what to expect - 23 May 2023

During this webinar chaired by Kennedys' Partner Carol Dalton, Associate Simon Allen discussed: 

  • The New Regime – when it will apply
  • Likely issues and exemptions
  • Recent amendments to the rules on QOCS

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Navigating workplace stress claims - 18 April 2023

During this webinar, Kennedys' Legal Director Denise Brosnan and Associate Dan Couldrey discussed:

  • The background on workplace stress claims.
  • An overview of legal principles in a stress claim.
  • The types of claim including, work overload and bullying/harassment.
  • Duty of care to employees.
  • Top tips for employers.
  • Defending claims.

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Claims inflation - reasons to be cheerful - 30 March 2023

During this webinar, chaired by Kennedys' Partner Carol Dalton, our speakers discussed:

  • The current factors that are causing claims inflation and their impact on quantum.
  • How to spot the reasons to be cheerful - an interactive journey through the twists and turns of a fictitious claim.
  • Future legal and technological developments which may provide relief and reduce spend.

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Local authority legal update - 21 February 2023

During this session our expert speakers provided a general update from England and Scotland, highlighting recent developments that we need to be aware of, alongside key issues coming up on the horizon, including:

  • What we can learn from the latest HSE statistics on work related ill health, injury and COVID-19.
  • An update on stress in the “new normal” working world.
  • Ongoing developments in the scope of vicarious liability.
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 – extending the scope of the duty.
  • Horizon scanning for England, Wales and Scotland – consultations, upcoming legislation and future risks to prepare for.

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Bracing for claims inflation for local authorities - 12 January 2023

Following on from our Insurance: bracing for claims report and our recent liability claims inflation webinar we were delighted to host a webinar on Thursday 12 January 2023 where our speakers provided an update on claims inflation for local authorities, including:

  • Psychiatric harm.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Technological advances.
  • Housing disrepair.
  • Costs.

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New Scottish legislation webinar - 29 November 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers provided an insight into future plans for fundamental reform directly impacting two important areas for Scottish public authorities; those who contract with them in general, and those providing social care in Scotland. The Scottish Government has indicated an intention to establish a National Care Service by 2026.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Local authority series - building safety - 13 September 2022

Danny McShee, Partner and Head of Kennedys’ Crime and Regulatory group has been acting for one of the central organisations involved in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Danny provided an update on changes to the Regulatory landscape and what local authorities need to be made aware of arising from the following:

  • The Building Safety Act 2022
  • The Fire Safety Act 2021
  • The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

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Abuse and redress - a Celtic update - 6 September 2022

Our speakers provided an insight into the options available to claimants across the three Celtic jurisdictions seeking compensation for historical abuse, and the implications for defenders and their insurers.

Our speakers looked at developments in policy, practice and publicity around safeguarding and historic abuse issues in Scotland, including:

  • Recent case law on issues around liability, limitation and quantum in Scottish civil damages claims.
  • Redress payments assessed by Redress Scotland as an alternative to litigation.
  • Progress of the Scottish child abuse inquiry.

We also compared and contrasted experiences across Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland and highlighted key similarities and differences in these issues across the jurisdictions.

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Local authority series - Electric vehicle charging infrastructure - 2 August 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers focused on electric vehicles. The session provided an insight into the practical implications of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure on local authorities, including:

  • The current position on local authorities formulating an EV policy.
  • The risks of charging cables on the highways.
  • Practical management of vehicle charging points.

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Local authority series - Tree claims - 7 June 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers focused on tree claims. They gave an overview and greater understanding of different types of claims involving trees including:
• Nuisance claims.
• Tree roots and subsidence claims.
• Liability for falling trees.

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Ireland: Personal injury claims reform - 19 May 2022

Our second webinar focused on the unprecedented changes to medical negligence and personal injury claims in Ireland, including the impact of the Judicial Guidelines and economic inflation on damages generally and horizon scanning reforms for personal injury litigation.

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Local authority series - Damages Claims Portal - 10 May 2022

We are delighted to have held the first local authority webinar of our 2022 series on Tuesday 10 May in conjunction with ALARM.

Delivering a more efficient, fast and accessible service are the key drivers behind the court’s introduction of the Damages Claims Portal (DCP) which forms part of HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMCTS) goal to provide an integrated online digital service for resolving civil claims.

During this interactive webinar our experts looked at the practical implications of the DCP for the public sector, discussing:
• What is the DCP?
• Which claims does it apply to?
• What do local authorities need to know?
• Key takeaways for the public sector and predictions for the future of the DCP.

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Motor webinar - 8 February 2024

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed:
• Secondary victims -
   o Update on emerging case law from the Supreme Court on Secondary victims.
   o The impact of the case law on RTC; good or bad?
• Rabot & Briggs -
   o A review before the Supreme Court hearing on 20 February 2024.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 24 January 2024

During this webinar, we heard from two of our Kennedys' motor experts on hot topics within the industry:

  • Senior Associate (non-Solicitor) Rachael Czaja discussed credit hire taxi claims including:
    o Taxi documentation needed when assessing a claim.
    o The test of Hussain v EUI.
  • Senior Associate (FCILEx) Rachel Smythe considered the arguments to be raised, and when to raise them, in track allocation based upon complexity and not value alone.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 10 January 2024

During this webinar, we looked at the current trends in the OIC cases with a focus on non-tariff injuries in advance of Rabot and Briggs going before the Supreme Court in February.

We were joined by Chris Stubbs, Product Manager, Kennedys IQ who provided a data set highlighting current trends in the market and Vicky Garner, Kennedys’ Senior Associate, who offered an advocates perspective from the front line of Birkenhead CC.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 13 December 2023

During this extended webinar, our expert speakers provided a review of the key decisions and areas of change we have seen throughout 2023 and highlighted the potential challenges 2024 may bring within the following markets:

  • Credit hire
  • Injury
  • Complex and technical
  • Recoveries

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 29 November 2023

During this session, chaired by Partner Ian Davies, Senior Associate Emma Baker discussed:

  • Recent cases where OIC claims have run alongside proceedings issued outside the OIC and how to deal with them.
  • Witness statements and how issues surrounding these play out at hearings.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 1 November 2023

During this webinar we heard from two of our Kennedys' motor experts on hot topics within the industry:

  • Legal Director Lorien Helm discussed claimants tactics to avoid in the new intermediate track.
  • Senior Associate (FCILEx) Rachel Smythe provided a brief update on what we currently know about the implementation of mandatory mediation in OIC claims.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 18 October 2023

During this session, Kennedys' Rachael Czaja and Vicky Garner discussed:

  • Recent comments regarding unreasonable costs in the OIC.
  • Impecuniosity and the impact due to the cost of living crisis with reference to the recent case of Holt v Allianz.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

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Fixed costs extension 2023 webinar - 18 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar on Tuesday 18 July 2023, where our speakers discussed the impact, challenges and uncertainties due to the extension of fixed costs.

Attendees gained an insight on changes and practical tips for dealing with potential challenges.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 28 June 2023

Two very topical issues were the subject of our next Motor Webinar Wednesdays series, where Angela Crisall and Rachel Smythe covered:

  • The recently reported case of Blair v Jaber being the 12% increase on JCG damages awarded as a result of inflation.
  • The rise of stayed claims we have seen recently and tactics and opportunities to gain control of those cases.
  • The possibility of a further increase as cases leave the OIC and enter the MOJ and onwards towards a stay request.

Both cases have significant tactical, reserving and wider implications.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 14 June 2023

We were delighted to host the next session in our Motor Webinar Wednesdays series, which took place on 14 June 2023.

During this session we saw the return of Kennedys' Partner Lewis Thompson, who provided a further and updated overview on the extension of fixed recoverable costs and the impact this will have on insurers.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 17 May 2023

The next session in our Motor Webinar Wednesdays series took place on Wednesday 17 May 2023, with a focus on the OIC.

Chris Stubbs, Product Manager at Kennedys IQ, shared the high level data we have available and, along with Ian Davies, who added commentary and highlighted potential trends as we reach the second anniversary of the OIC.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 29 March 2023

Our next webinar in the Motor Webinar Wednesdays series took place on Wednesday 29 March 2023, where we answered the numerous questions we've received following the recent credit hire market overview provided by John Gibson, including:

  • Is a combustion engine a reasonable replacement for an electric or hybrid vehicle?
  • How do insurers utilise green parts?
  • How do you deal with taxis over five years old?

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 15 March 2023

We were delighted to host the next Motor Webinar Wednesday on Wednesday 15 March 2023.

During this session Kennedys' Motor Services Director John Gibson provided an overview and update on the credit hire market.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 1 March 2023

For the next in our Motor Webinar Wednesdays series, we provided an update on all things QOCs given the recent decision in University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust v Harrison and the impending rule change on 6 April 2023.

What does the case law mean in practice and what will the impact of the rule change be? Will we see cases being issued prior to 6 April?

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 15 February 2023

Following on from our last session on the OIC Court of Appeal decision, our speakers answered the numerous questions we received during the first webinar that we did not have time to answer. They also answered the questions they have subsequently received.

Mike Gilpin, Commercial Director, Kennedys IQ also shared the high level data we have available on the implications on future claims these landmark cases may have.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 25 January 2023

The much anticipated judgment of the OIC appeals of Rabot & Briggs were handed down on Friday. The majority judgment in favour of the claimant will attract the headlines but the dissenting judgment of Voss MR gives the defendant hope.

Ian Davies and Rachel Smythe discussed the implications on future claims and anticipated tactics these landmark cases may have.

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Fleet Friday - 20 January 2023

We held the next in our Fleet Friday webinar series, where Naomi North was joined by Marta Tomlinson to discuss the importance of vehicle maintenance, route planning and robust workplace systems to discuss and monitor poor driving practices.

Both Naomi and Marta discussed some real life examples of cases where companies have fallen foul of their legal obligations resulting in criminal proceedings and indeed action by the Traffic Commissioner.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 14 December 2022

In the volume and the mid-loss motor area there are two key areas of change ahead of us for 2023 – the OIC appeal decisions and the revised October start date for Intermediate Track.

Lewis Thompson and Ian Davies gave an overview and some thoughts on where these key issues for 2023 will take us.

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Fleet Friday - 2 December 2022

During the first session of our new Fleet Friday mini-series, our speakers looked at workplace incidents involving vehicles on site to include HGVs and vans. It covered a range of areas from employer's obligations, RIDDOR reporting and some tips on crisis management.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 9 November 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed claims inflation in the motor market covering bent metal inflation through to catastrophic injury claims.

We answered the numerous motor questions we received during and since the market wide claims inflation event.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 19 October 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed e-scooters including:

  • What are they and why the concern?
  • The current legal position.
  • The Transport Bill and the future legal position.
  • PACTS recommendations.
  • The local authority trials experience.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 20 July 2022

OIC – what does 12-months of data show us?

We hosted the twelfth webinar in our bi-weekly series for 2022 where the focus once again turned to OIC.

Our Kennedys IQ team have analysed the data for the first full 12 months of claims data from June 2021 to June 2022. There are numerous and significant trends to highlight.

Mike Gilpin, Commercial Director, Kennedys IQ and Chris Stubbs, Product Manager, Kennedys IQ shared the high level data we have available and Ian Davies, Partner, Kennedys added commentary and context to what the data shows.

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Pre-litigation handling in the Celtic jurisdictions - 19 July 2022

In this webinar our speakers provided an insight in to the personal injury pre-litigation process and tactics across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They discussed:

  • Key aspects, and the impact of the Personal Injury Pre-Action Protocol.
  • Current personal injury landscape.
  • Tips for pre-litigation claims handling.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 22 June 2022

During this webinar we discussed the two reported cases on tariff plus damages in the OIC - Mason v Pickering and Kaur v Kamal including:

• What can we learn from the decisions?
• Are they of any practical assistance?

We also touched on the Small Claims Pilot Scheme where cases can be determined without a hearing and discuss whether there is a benefit to claimant or defendant.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 8 June 2022

During this webinar we discussed:

Damages Claims Portal (DCP):
• Recent changes to the DCP.
• Updated practice direction.
• ‘Go-live’ date postponed for defendant legal representatives, what does this mean?

Increasingly prevalent coverage issues:
• Direct versus Driver on Cover (DOC) insurers.
• More motor versus employer liability cases.
• Practical approaches to take with both.

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Damages Claims Portal mandatory for defendants from 2 June - 26 May 2022

During this interactive webinar our speakers will be looking at the practical implications of the DCP. They will discuss:
• What is the DCP?
• Which claims does it apply to?
• What do you need to know before 2 June?
• Key takeaways and predictions for the future of the DCP.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 11 May 2022

Following suggestions from our previous session, we covered the subject of claims inflation. We drew on experts from our volume motor space, high value motor claims, costs and the Celtic jurisdictions, who considered various aspects of claims inflation and suggested areas of potential mitigation.

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Research on driver distraction: applying theory to practice - 5 May 2022

Dr Gemma Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Open University and expert in driver distraction, joined Kennedys' Senior Associate Russell Hall to discuss how driver distraction from phone use plays out in real life scenarios, how theory relates to practice and how phone use affects the outcome of cases both in terms of sentence and charges brought against distracted drivers.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 27 April 2022

During this webinar, our expert speakers gave their insights on the most recent publication of official data from the OIC, with a focus on the following areas:
• Are claims volumes what we would expect them to be?
• Claims lifecycle – why so slow?
• Injury types beyond whiplash.
• Early analysis of settlement data.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 13 April 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers focused on the Judicial College Guidelines new 16th edition, discussing:

• The main points of change to the guidelines.
• Practical ramifications - offers and judicial approach.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 30 March 2022

During this webinar we discussed three hot topics:

  • Tactical and practical tips for MoJ Stage 2 and Stage 3 - we answered the questions and tactical points raised following our successful Stage 3 mock trial such as drafting in Stage 2 packs, current judicial attitudes, intervention letters on rehabilitation and enclosing documents.
  • The release of part two of the whiplash consultation.
  • Practice direction relating to the Damages Claims Pilot.

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What role does the law play in managing distracted driving? - 24 March 2022

In this webinar, Dr Gemma Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Open University and expert in driver distraction joined Kennedys' Partner Naomi North and Senior Associate Russell Hall to discuss the limitations of current law, whether the law goes far enough to deter drivers from using mobile phones when driving and whether the forthcoming changes to the law will likely make a difference.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 16 March 2022

During this webinar we welcomed Barristers from Kings Chambers who guided us through an MOJ mock trial using working examples. 

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 2 March 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers gave a case summary on the recent judgment in Greyson v Fuller, relating to disclosure of medical reports within the MOJ Portal, and also discussed its implications on MOJ claims.

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Mobile telephones: distraction and drivers  - 24 February 2022

During this webinar attendees gained an understanding of latest research into the effects of driver distraction from mobile telephones and how these issues play out in serious collision cases.
Dr Gemma Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Open University and expert in driver distraction joined Kennedys' Partner Naomi North and Senior Associate Russell Hall to discuss motivations, behaviours and outcomes, and covered the basics of research findings on phone use by drivers.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 16 February 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed:

Low velocity impact claims -

  • A fraud perspective.
  • Cases specific to LVI.
  • LVI claims in the OIC - our predictions.

The Law Commissions’ joint report on the safe introduction of self-driving vehicles -

  • Initial thoughts on the report.
  • The difference between ‘driver assisted’ and ‘self-driving’ vehicles.
  • Minimum safety standards.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - The Highway Code Changes - 2 February 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers explored the changes that are being made to The Highway Code from Saturday 29 January. They discussed how these changes are likely to effect the motor industry and what claims trends they may expect to see emerge.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 19 January 2022

As more claims move through the OIC process new data is emerging on lifecycle times and nature of injuries.

During this webinar, Karim Derrick, Product and Innovation Director and Mike Gilpin, Commercial Director at Kennedys IQ  joined Ian Davies to discuss some of the insights that the Kennedys IQ team are able to extract using the advanced analysis and artificial intelligence tools available within the IQ Platform.

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Travel providers: managing commercial risks - 12 September 2023

Kennedys' Partner Claire Mulligan, was joined by Oliver Dent, Partner and Carlyn Weale, Legal Director who discussed, red flags, steps to take to minimise exposure, debt recovery and cyber threat for travel providers.

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Consumer Duty implementation 31 July 2023 and beyond - practicalities for the insurance industry - 20 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar where our speakers provided:

  • A reminder of the key elements and scope of the duty and responsibility for compliance.
  • An assessment of the FCA's expectations.
  • A look at practical impacts from 31 July for firms:
    • in their interactions with consumers and SME's
    • in relation to D&O cover
    • providing insurance products and for those insurers who insure financial institutions

This webinar was of interest to anyone involved in the general insurance industry and particularly in D&O and financial lines.

Watch>

Fixed costs extension 2023 webinar - 18 July 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar on Tuesday 18 July 2023, where our speakers discussed the impact, challenges and uncertainties due to the extension of fixed costs.

Attendees gained an insight on changes and practical tips for dealing with potential challenges.

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Hotelier liability issues webinar - 25 January 2023

During this webinar our speakers discussed:

  • Issues for hoteliers to consider as we return to the ‘new normal’ post COVID-19.
  • Consideration of the Supreme Court Judgment in FS Cairo (Nile Plaza) v Brownlie.
  • Insurance and contractual considerations.
  • Risk management issues for hoteliers.

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Damages Claims Portal mandatory for defendants from 2 June - 26 May 2022

During this interactive webinar our speakers will be looking at the practical implications of the DCP. They will discuss:
• What is the DCP?
• Which claims does it apply to?
• What do you need to know before 2 June?
• Key takeaways and predictions for the future of the DCP.

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Regulatory and compliance

Fleet Friday - 20 January 2023

We held the next in our Fleet Friday webinar series, where Naomi North was joined by Marta Tomlinson to discuss the importance of vehicle maintenance, route planning and robust workplace systems to discuss and monitor poor driving practices.

Both Naomi and Marta discussed some real life examples of cases where companies have fallen foul of their legal obligations resulting in criminal proceedings and indeed action by the Traffic Commissioner.

Watch>

Fleet Friday - 2 December 2022

During the first session of our new Fleet Friday mini-series, our speakers looked at workplace incidents involving vehicles on site to include HGVs and vans. It covered a range of areas from employer's obligations, RIDDOR reporting and some tips on crisis management.

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The Care Quality Commission - roles and regulations within the healthcare industry webinar - 13 November 2023

During this webinar, Kennedys' Partner and Head of Regulatory Danny McShee discussed:

  • Trends and updates within the CQC.
  • The CQC’s revised approach to regulation.
  • Warning Notices and prosecution powers of the CQC.
  • Letby / Nottingham University Hospitals – a new dawn for criminal investigations in healthcare.

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Focus areas

Claims inflation - reasons to be cheerful - 30 March 2023

During this webinar, chaired by Kennedys' Partner Carol Dalton, our speakers discussed:

  • The current factors that are causing claims inflation and their impact on quantum.
  • How to spot the reasons to be cheerful - an interactive journey through the twists and turns of a fictitious claim.
  • Future legal and technological developments which may provide relief and reduce spend.

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Liability defence claims inflation hybrid seminar - 7 February 2023

During this seminar, chaired by Kennedys' partner and global head of liability defence Richard West, our panel of Kennedys expert speakers, from our UK, US and Australian offices explored the key drivers of excess claims inflation in their jurisdictions including:

  • Collection or group actions.
  • Societal shifts such as public sentiment towards businesses.
  • Changes in the regulatory and legal environment.
  • The cost of advances in medical science and technology.
  • Cost of energy, construction materials and labour.

Our speakers also considered how these factors are impacting both the volume and cost of personal injury claims and the steps insurers should consider in navigating the environment in which they are currently operating.

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Fraudulent claims across the jurisdictions - 26 January 2023

Our counter fraud partner James Stevens, our Scottish fraud practice lead Louise Houliston, and Belfast and Dublin based counter fraud practitioners Ian Martindale and Cian McGrath provided an insight into claims inflation and claims building trends across four jurisdictions.

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Bracing for claims inflation for local authorities - 12 January 2023

Following on from our Insurance: bracing for claims report and our recent liability claims inflation webinar we were delighted to host a webinar on Thursday 12 January 2023 where our speakers provided an update on claims inflation for local authorities, including:

  • Psychiatric harm.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Technological advances.
  • Housing disrepair.
  • Costs.

Watch>

Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 16 November 2022

In this webinar we considered the impact of inflation on claims and how it will affect employers, employers' liability and public liability insurers. We considered:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance, employers' liability and public liability claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps employers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 9 November 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed claims inflation in the motor market covering bent metal inflation through to catastrophic injury claims.

We answered the numerous motor questions we received during and since the market wide claims inflation event.

Watch>

Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 11 May 2022

Following suggestions from our previous session, we covered the subject of claims inflation. We drew on experts from our volume motor space, high value motor claims, costs and the Celtic jurisdictions, who considered various aspects of claims inflation and suggested areas of potential mitigation.

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Rewriting the risk: addressing the challenge of the evolving climate litigation space - 27 February 2023

During this webinar, we were joined by guest speaker, Birgit Vosper, Head of Global Practice Group Liability Claims at AGCS, who:

  • Provided an overview of the types of claims that AGCS are dealing with in the climate space and the drivers of the increasing climate litigation.
  • Discussed the medium term outlook for climate claims and reserving strategies.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers, from our UK, US and Australian offices provided an insight into the impacts of climate caselaw on claims handling and claims reserving.

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Evolve with Kennedys webinar - 14 December 2023

We were delighted to host the final webinar of our 2023 Evolve with Kennedys programme on Thursday 14 December 2023.

Our speakers provided a cross-jurisdictional 'back to basics' session, setting out the similarities and differences in the claims processes in England & Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The session covered the following key topics:

  • Pre-action requirements and expectations.
  • The litigation process / procedure and the makeup of the civil Courts.
  • The application of limitation / prescription.

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Evolve with Kennedys webinar - 16 October 2023

Kennedys were delighted to host a webinar discussing insurance claims trends as part of the relaunch for our Evolve with Kennedys programme, which took place on Monday 16 October.

Speakers discussed:

  • Hot topics relevant to construction claims:
    o Modular construction.
    o Claims inflation.
    o Climate change.
  • Developments in cybercrime with a focus on business email compromise.
  • Claim trends in non-construction professional liability including:
    o Tax Mitigation schemes.
    o Economic and inflationary pressures.
    o Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance.

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Driving innovation in your business - 28 March 2023

We were delighted to host the last seminar in our fostering innovation in insurance series, which took place at our new London office and also online on Tuesday 28 March, where our speakers considered:

  • The experiences of those at the forefront of building innovation into organisations.
  • Identification, implementation and adoption of emerging technologies and novel ideas to deliver long-term value.
  • Whether disruption underpins the future of insurance.
  • The main challenges facing insurance and what they mean for the CEO and board.

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The rise and rise of intangible risk: ESG and reputation - 22 March 2023

We were delighted to host the third seminar in our fostering innovation in insurance series on Wednesday 22 March, where our speakers considered:

  • How reputational harms in the context of ESG are permeating through the insurance supply chain (underwriting, claims, third parties).
  • The growing ESG challenge for companies in reputational management.
  • What risk analysis and risk mitigation of the future look like.
  • How science can help us cope with 'news overload' in today’s age.

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Cutting through the noise: improving decision making in claims - 16 March 2023

In this webinar, our speakers considered:

  • The concept of 'noise' in human judgement and decision making.
  • The cost implications to business of noisy decision-making.
  • The role of a 'reasoned rule' (algorithm) in helping to avoid inconsistency in insurance claims.
  • Using algorithms in a way that is acceptable to human beings.

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The future of the professions - 9 March 2023

During this seminar our speakers considered:

  • The future of legal and insurance.
  • How technology will transform the work of human experts.
  • The challenge of rapidly evolving business needs in an ever-increasing globalised and competitive market.
  • How to re-think the nature of professional services and harness the law, skillsets and technology.

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In conversation with 'The People Hacker' Jenny Radcliffe - 8 March 2023

Suzanne Liversidge, Global Managing Partner at Kennedys, was joined by Jenny Radcliffe, aka 'The People Hacker', a world-renowned Social Engineer, hired to bypass security systems through a no-tech mixture of psychology, con-artistry, cunning and guile. She can diffuse a crisis situation, talk her way into a secure building, and spot a psychopath at a hundred paces. She has been called a mind reader and a “human lie detector,” and likened to a Jedi Knight. In reality, she is an expert in social engineering (the human element of security), negotiation, persuasion and influence, and non-verbal communication and deception—using her skills to help clients ranging from global corporations and law enforcement organisations to poker players, politicians and the security industry.

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Using your journey to #breakthebias webinar recording - 8 March 2022

In celebration of International Women's Day, Kennedys’ Asia Pacific offices co-hosted a virtual panel discussion with senior and inspiring leaders from Kennedys and leading insurers in the region. Our panellists shared their personal journeys and how they navigated conscious and unconscious bias at different stages of their careers. As part of the conversation, our panellists offered their advice and recommend strategies for the next generation so that together we can all #BreaktheBias at work and in our wider communities. Our panel was moderated by women’s advocate and coach, Louise Corbett of Exceptional Existence.

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Level up: Intentionality in seeing beyond bias - 8 March 2022

As part of our global women in business series, and to celebrate International Women's Day, we are delighted to have hosted a webinar with guest speaker Darleen Santore, known to many as "Coach Dar".

As a mental and conditioning coach, Coach Dar blends a knowledge of science, psychology and achievement with her personal passion for life in order to help individuals, corporate executives and professional athletes & teams aim higher and achieve more. She is a trailblazer for Phoenix women and was awarded the Most Inspiring Woman from WNBA.

In this talk, Coach Dar taught us how to lean into listening more, lead intentionally and level up with a shift in perspective about bias.

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Why including women is the missing key to innovation - 9 March 2022

As part of our global women in business series, and to celebrate International Women's day, we are delighted to have hosted a hybrid seminar with guest speaker Katrine Marçal.

In this talk, Katrine guided us through fascinating examples of how innovators have failed to take women's experiences into account, analysing what they can tell us about gender and innovation today. She examined current realms where our ideas about gender are holding innovation back in similar ways making the argument that the future will be shaped by companies that dare to think differently about gender.

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