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Hong Kong Personal Injury Brief - March 2023 edition
In a robust decision handed down recently, HH Judge Andrew Li of the District Court (Judge) said “this is by far the worst case I have come across in my 10 years sitting on the bench” and that “such appalling conduct on the part of an officer of the court must be stopped in our profession, in particular in [Personal Injury] litigation.” It was found that the Plaintiff’s solicitor (Solicitor) deliberately tried to hide a subsequent accident (2nd Accident), vastly inflated the claim, failed to make proper discovery of documents and concealed the husband and wife relationship between himself and the Plaintiff. A personal costs order on indemnity scale was made against the Solicitor and the matter was referred to the Law Society for further investigation - Cheung Ka Man v Wong Yu Huen  HKDC 370.
Kennedys appointed to core Aviva UK GI claims legal panel following a strategic review
Aviva has announced the conclusion of the first comprehensive review of its defendant legal panel in 10 years.
Personal Injury Brief: market insights December 2022
A summary of key developments including the key civil justice priorities for the Civil Justice Council and Ministry of Justice, the discount rate in England & Wales, fixed recoverable costs, and the Health and Safety Executive’s annual report.
Kennedys ranks in latest Doyle's Guide for leading insurance firms and lawyers
November's publication of the 2022 Doyle's Guide directory covering all Australian states has seen Kennedys continue its ranking success.
Reopening of occupational injury cases in the Council of Appeal
On 16 September 2022, the Council of Appeal ruled in an occupational injury case in which the Council of Appeal were summoned by Kennedys on behalf of the occupational injury insurance company.
Kennedys recognised as a leading law firm in Chambers UK 2023 solicitors guide
Top accolades awarded to the firm in the latest Chambers & Partners guide to leading law firms and lawyers across the country.
Personal Injury Brief market insights - September 2022
A summary of key developments including a political landscape roundup, an update on the Damages Claims Portal, the Civil Justice Council’s holistic costs consultation, and the Ministry of Justice’s proposals to increase the use of mediation in the civil justice system.
Personal Injury Brief: latest decisions - September 2022
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues relating to judicial discretion when considering Calderbank offers, the importance of experts remaining independent, building a strong evidential case, and the scale of expenses in low value claims.
Personal Injury Brief: latest decisions - June 2022
A roundup of recent court decisions including provisional damages and mitigation of loss for a dementia patient, issuing claims in the correct court, a common sense approach taken in a Scottish injury case, and participant v participant incidents in competitive sport.
Damages Claims Portal: an update for defendants
On 31 May 2022, HM Courts and Tribunals Service confirmed that changes to the Civil Procedure Rules requiring defendant legal representatives to use the Damages Claims Portal from 2 June 2022 has been postponed.