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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Prejudgment Interest Act into law on May 28, 2021. The Act amends 735 ILCS 5/2-1303 to provide recovery of 6% prejudgment interest in addition to the 9 % post-judgment interest already permitted. Effective July 1, 2021, the newly added Section (c) mandates that prejudgment interest will accrue on monetary awards (minus punitive damages, sanctions, statutory attorney’s fees, and statutory costs) rendered in personal injury and wrongful death actions at a rate of 6% percent per annum from the date of filing up to five years.
Kennedys is growing its London team with the hire of three partners from the BLM catastrophic injury team, Antony French, Anthony Rawlins and Deirdre Burgess. They will also be joined by six associates and a litigation assistant from BLM.
Kennedys has promoted ten lawyers to its partnership. Four of those promoted are based in the UK, with six in the US. Kennedys’ worldwide partner count is now 280.
Kennedys has today announced the latest phase of its expansion with the launch of a new office in Perth, Australia. It is the firm’s 43rd office and second new office opening so far this year.
Kennedys has relocated its Manchester team to new premises in the city following further expansion in the team. Kennedys opened in Manchester in October 2008 with a team of 12 and in October 2016 the team moved to larger premises in The Tootal buildings.
We have advised that minimum safety standard for an autonomous vehicle (AV) should be above that of the “average” human driver as to do anything less than this is to risk public confidence in this emergent technology.
Kennedys has boosted its new office in Leeds with the hire of industrial disease partners Darren Goldthorpe and Gary Brankin. Both join from BC Legal, bringing with them Harjinder Gill, senior associate, Liam Bedford, senior associate and Rachel Durant, litigation executive.
With many countries now vaccinating and looking to lift lockdowns, the question on everyone’s lips seems to be “can employers require their employees to vaccinate?”. In this article, our experts based in Denmark, the UK, US and India look to provide an answer from each of their respective jurisdictions, and thereafter forecast the potential COVID-19 employers’ liability claims we can expect to see in the future.
In this article, we provide perspectives from both the United Kingdom and United States on compliance with safety measures during the pandemic, discuss the shift in responsibility to ‘police’ rules and regulations from individuals to retailers, and offer a glimpse into the future in terms of the likely claims retailers may face.
The Justice Minister for Northern Ireland has launched a public consultation on increasing the general civil jurisdiction of the county courts in Northern Ireland. This will impact a range of claims with personal injury, defamation and clinical negligence claims included in the remit of the consultation.