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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 March 2024

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

  • The new JCT 2024 - what to expect.
  • Recent Scottish decisions within the construction professional indemnity field.
  • Defects – contractors' all risks (CAR) cover and the interplay with professional indemnity claims.

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Real estate and construction webinar - 26 February 2024

During this webinar, our speakers discussed:

  • Architects’ roles and liabilities under the Building Safety Act 2022.
  • Developments in insolvency law and their impact on the construction sector.
  • Bribery in the construction sector and the impact of the new failure to prevent fraud offence.
  • Health and safety incidents - current trends and developments in their investigation and enforcement.
  • Blyth and Blyth 22 years on – issues and practical solutions to design and build liability and novation of design.

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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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Legal Professional Privilege in Cyber Incident Forensic Reports - 7 May 2024

The recent decision of Justice Beach in Robertson v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd [2023] FCA 1392 rejected a claim of legal professional privilege over a forensic investigation report prepared by Deloitte into Optus’s September 2022 data breach.

This webinar looked at the recent decision of Justice Beach in Robertson v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd [2023] FCA 1392 and its implications for Australian entities responding to a cyber incident. The decision provided lessons about the challenges of establishing legal professional privilege in a forensic investigation report, what conduct is inconsistent with legal professional privilege, and the importance of getting lawyers involved in the cyber incident response process early.

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Where cyber and D&O meet IP: The SEC cybersecurity disclosure rule - 27 February 2024

This 60 minute webinar, hosted by Kennedys and Crown Jewel Insurance, covered the implications of the new SEC cybersecurity disclosure rule as it relates to trade secrets, what constitutes a trade secret, what protections are necessary to keep that protection and the emergence of trade secret insurance. Topics also included the significant gaps in D&O and cyber policies around this unique risk.

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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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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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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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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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Professional liability half day conference - 26 March 2024

We were delighted to host our professional liability half day hybrid conference on Tuesday 26 March 2024, where our various speakers discussed:

  • From smoking beagles to phantom bus passengers: a reflection across 40 years in professional liability.
  • Is the past always a guide to the future? What will claims against lawyers look like over the next 5 years?
  • Construction – a changing landscape.
  • Valuers and surveyors risks – what next?
  • Horizon scanning – claims against brokers and accountants.
  • AI in underwriting and claims: the technologist's perspective.
  • Panel discussion - the future of professional liability, what does it hold?

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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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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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Commercial

The perspectives for arbitration as a route for Ukrainian recovery - hybrid seminar

 

During this event our expert speakers discussed a range of topics concerning claims against Russia arising from the invasion, including:

  • The Register of Damage and plans for a Reconstruction Fund.
  • Update on current investment treaty claims against Russia.
  • Arbitration versus court proceedings as alternatives for claims against Russia.
  • Making a claim and proving loss – practical considerations.
  • International approaches to State Immunity.
  • Confiscation of frozen Russian assets: international initiatives and potential risks.

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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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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 webinar - 5 June 2024

During this webinar, our speakers discussed:

  • Reforms to holiday pay.
  • An update on case law and horizon scanning.
  • Recent developments in health and safety law.

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Employment law update webinar - 6 March 2024

During this webinar, our speakers discussed:

  • An overview of direct discrimination.
  • A practical overview of dealing with ill-health capability.
  • An update on case law and horizon scanning.

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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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Biodiversity Net Gain and its future impact on planning webinar - 8 May 2024

During this conversational session, Kennedys' Legal Director Tim Stansfeld was joined by guest speakers Henry Parkinson, Project Lead at Langley Abbey Environment Project and Harry Wright, Founder of BrightTide as they discussed:

  • The new BNG requirements and their implications for planning’s key stakeholders: developers, local planning authorities and insurers.
  • The methods that can be used to fulfil the BNG requirements.
  • The work of the Langley Abbey Environment Project and how off-site locations will play a key role in meeting the BNG requirements.
  • An overview of regenerative farming and how it relates to the BNG requirements.

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Real estate and construction webinar - 26 February 2024

During this webinar, our speakers discussed:

  • Architects’ roles and liabilities under the Building Safety Act 2022.
  • Developments in insolvency law and their impact on the construction sector.
  • Bribery in the construction sector and the impact of the new failure to prevent fraud offence.
  • Health and safety incidents - current trends and developments in their investigation and enforcement.
  • Blyth and Blyth 22 years on – issues and practical solutions to design and build liability and novation of design.

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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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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 24 April 2024

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the fourth session of our annual healthcare seminar programme 2024, which was held virtually on Wednesday 24 April.
Guest speakers: Dr Vijay Jayaram, Consultant Radiologist and Mr Stephen Townrow, Head of Clinical Systems, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme 2024 - 20 March 2024

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the third session of our annual healthcare seminar programme 2024 on Wednesday 20 March. Guest speaker Mr Robert MacFarlane, Consultant Neurosurgeon discussed common themes of breach of duty and causation in neurosurgery.

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Annual 2024 global healthcare conference programme - 5 March 2024

Kennedys' global healthcare team were delighted to host the first conference of our Annual 2024 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 healthtech and its impact on claims around the world.

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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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Defendant personal injury

Catastrophic injury hybrid conference - 22 May 2024

We were delighted to host our catastrophic injury hybrid conference on Wednesday 22 May 2024 which took place virtually and in-person at our London office. Our expert speakers discussed different solutions for deflation and innovation, including:

  • The best liability defences.
  • Care compensation boundaries.
  • Lowering PPOs.
  • Detecting deepfakes and other AI potential for serious injury defence.
  • Expert hot-tubbing.
  • Challenging protected hearsay by a claimant who has not served a statement.
  • New ADR processes.

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Judicial College Guidelines 17th edition: the rise of inflation - 18 April 2024

With the recent publication of the 17th Edition Judicial College Guidelines, this interactive webinar highlighted the impact and strategic considerations of the significant changes to the JCG.

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Better expert evidence webinar - 18 March 2024

During this webinar, our speakers shared insights from our recent expert market engagement. We offered strategies for defendants to achieve a more equal footing in relation to expert evidence and to future-proof their supply chains. We also reported on Kennedys’ latest change project ‘Better Expert Evidence’, including a different perspective on the single joint expert model.

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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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Animals and agricultural forum - 18 June 2024

During this session, Kennedys' Senior Associate Georgina Cox was joined by Ian Camm, Veterinary Surgeon at B&W Equine Vets and Georgina Crawford, Barrister from Ropewalk Chambers as they discussed:

  • Injuries to freelancers attending equine facilities and potential causes of action.
  • Negligence within equine veterinary work.
  • The common potential risk areas from Pre Purchase examinations to working with paraprofessionals such as farriers and equine dental technicians.
  • Previous claims involving external professionals and considerations into how these were pleaded and outcomes achieved.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 21 May 2024

We were delighted to host the second session of series four of the animals and agricultural forum, which took place on Tuesday 21 May 2024, where our speakers discussed policy issues in animal claims.

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Judicial College Guidelines 17th edition: the rise of inflation - 18 April 2024

With the recent publication of the 17th Edition Judicial College Guidelines, this interactive webinar highlighted the impact and strategic considerations of the significant changes to the JCG.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 19 March 2024

Kennedys' Partner Huw Edwards, was joined by Senior Associate (FCILEx) Catherine Canham and guest speakers from Nine St John Street - Elizabeth Murray and Victoria Rigby as they discussed:

  • Canine claims and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
  • Crossing the gap between criminal and civil law (Animals Act 1971).
  • Analysis of the criminal case of R v Foxcroft.
  • Case update on Koetsier v Thomas & Nolton Stables.
  • Breed specific legislation, breed identification and general policy considerations.

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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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Judicial College Guidelines 17th edition: the rise of inflation - 18 April 2024

With the recent publication of the 17th Edition Judicial College Guidelines, this interactive webinar highlighted the impact and strategic considerations of the significant changes to the JCG.

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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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Judicial College Guidelines 17th edition: the rise of inflation - 18 April 2024

With the recent publication of the 17th Edition Judicial College Guidelines, this interactive webinar highlighted the impact and strategic considerations of the significant changes to the JCG.

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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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Judicial College Guidelines 17th edition: the rise of inflation - 18 April 2024

With the recent publication of the 17th Edition Judicial College Guidelines, this interactive webinar highlighted the impact and strategic considerations of the significant changes to the JCG.

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The Equality Act 2010 (EQA) - a university's obligations post Abrahart - 16 April 2024

We were delighted to host a webinar on Tuesday 16 April where our speakers provided an overview of what duty of care university's owe to students and their obligations when making reasonable adjustments under the EQA.
The speakers also discussed key learning points from the Abrahart v University of Bristol case, along with their experience across a range of claims by students against universities.

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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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Fleet Friday - 24 May 2024

During this webinar, Kennedys' Senior Associate Russell Hall was joined by Dr Paul Jackson, Fatigue Expert at Fresh Air Training to discuss:

  • The warning signs of fatigue.
  • The concept of ‘sleep deficit’.
  • Simple steps to manage your fleet and the issue of fatigue.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 15 May 2024

During this webinar, our expert speakers focused on credit hire and discussed:

  • The global supply chain crisis.
  • Shallow fakes in documents and damage.
  • Motorcycles and mental health claims.
  • Taxi licensing boundary manipulation.

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Fleet Friday - 19 April 2024

Kennedys' motor crime team were delighted to host the second session of our Fleet Friday series on the 19 April 2024.
This was a conversational session with Kennedys' Legal Director Marta Tomlinson and guest speaker Ruth Waring, Transport and Compliance Consultant as they touched upon the issues when running a fleet and mitigating risks of incidents on the roads from an insurer/company perspective.

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Judicial College Guidelines 17th edition: the rise of inflation - 18 April 2024

With the recent publication of the 17th Edition Judicial College Guidelines, this interactive webinar highlighted the impact and strategic considerations of the significant changes to the JCG.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 17 April 2024

During this webinar, our expert speakers discussed claims in the motor industry including:

  • The rise in dental claims and increasing concerns.
  • OIC claims and limitation strategy.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 27 March 2024

We were delighted to host the next webinar in our motor series on Wednesday 27 March 2024.
The eagerly anticipated judgment in Rabot & Briggs was delivered on Tuesday 26 March, our speakers reviewed the decision and considered the practical impact of the judgment.

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Motor webinar - 19 March 2024

We were delighted to host the next webinar in our Motor series where we discussed the new 17th Edition of the JCG which has landed. This was an interactive webinar where our panel highlighted the key changes to the JCG and considered the likely impact on cases before the courts in the coming days and weeks. We also considered the potential impact on Tariff awards in the OIC.

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Fleet Friday - 15 March 2024

Kennedys' motor crime team were delighted to host the first session of our Fleet Friday series on the 15 March 2024. During this interview style webinar, Kennedys' Partner Naomi North was joined by guest speakers: Adam Pipe, Head of Roads Policing, Essex Police and Jason Dearsley, Commercial Vehicle Sergeant, Essex Police.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 21 February 2024

During this webinar Ian Davies and Vicky Garner, after attending the Supreme Court hearing for Rabot and Briggs on the 20 February, discussed:

  • First hand key insights and observations.
  • Predictions for mixed injury claims over the next 6 months and beyond.

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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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Judicial College Guidelines 17th edition: the rise of inflation - 18 April 2024

With the recent publication of the 17th Edition Judicial College Guidelines, this interactive webinar highlighted the impact and strategic considerations of the significant changes to the JCG.

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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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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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Regulatory and compliance

Fleet Friday - 15 March 2024

Kennedys' motor crime team were delighted to host the first session of our Fleet Friday series on the 15 March 2024. During this interview style webinar, Kennedys' Partner Naomi North was joined by guest speakers: Adam Pipe, Head of Roads Policing, Essex Police and Jason Dearsley, Commercial Vehicle Sergeant, Essex Police.

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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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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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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.

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Biodiversity Net Gain and its future impact on planning webinar - 8 May 2024

During this conversational session, Kennedys' Legal Director Tim Stansfeld was joined by guest speakers Henry Parkinson, Project Lead at Langley Abbey Environment Project and Harry Wright, Founder of BrightTide as they discussed:

  • The new BNG requirements and their implications for planning’s key stakeholders: developers, local planning authorities and insurers.
  • The methods that can be used to fulfil the BNG requirements.
  • The work of the Langley Abbey Environment Project and how off-site locations will play a key role in meeting the BNG requirements.
  • An overview of regenerative farming and how it relates to the BNG requirements.

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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 - 14 May 2024

We were delighted to be hosting the second webinar as part of the 2024 Evolve with Kennedys programme on Tuesday 14 May.

Robert Corrigan will be joined by speakers Francesca BrennanBethany HaycockTim Lennox and Ellianna Malcolm as they discuss:

  • Scottish Compulsory Pre-Action Protocol.
  • EL/PL: what investigations should be carried out and when?
  • Motor: protocols, portals, and lifecycle.
  • Catastrophic injury: red flags and considerations.

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Evolve with Kennedys - 24 April 2024

We were delighted to host the first webinar as part of our 2024 Evolve with Kennedys programme on Wednesday 24 April.

Remi Brookes was joined by speakers Jonathan Embling and Maeve Morrissey as they discussed general considerations and issues which arise in practice when considering coverage for an insurance claim, in particular in relation to:

  • Initial investigations and information gathering.
  • Notification requirements.
  • Policy periods.
  • Placement issues (i.e. non-disclosure/misrepresentation).
  • Coverage provisions and exclusions.
  • Underinsurance.
  • Subrogation and double-insurance.

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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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Innovation in focus: US - 25, March 2024

The webinar brought together panelists from the US and UK to discuss recent hot topics circling innovation in the insurance industry.

Grace Hanson, Advisor at Verisk Advisory Board, John Binder, President at Crum & Forster, Paul Ziska, Vice President at Champlain Insurance Group, and George Calhoun, Managing Director of CRAFT (Center for Research toward Advancing Financial Technologies), were also guest speakers.

Kennedys Partner, John Gilfillan, hosted the webinar and guided the panel through the following topics:

  • Where do disruptive technologies sit within today’s global business trends?
  • Are emerging technologies, including AI, an evolution or a revolution in the insurance sector?
  • What changes will innovation, AI applications and technology drive in the insurance industry?

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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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International Women's Day hybrid seminar with guest speaker Dame Kelly Holmes - 7 March 2024

As part of our women in business series, and to celebrate International Women's Day, we were delighted to be host an international hybrid seminar on Thursday 7 March 2024. Claire Bushen, Partner at Kennedys was joined in person by guest speaker Dame Kelly Holmes; attendees gained insight into Dame Kelly’s varied life and career, with personal stories on how her determination and resilience have helped her to overcome adversity.

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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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