Our webinar recordings

If you were unable to join our live webinars the recordings are available to view online so you do not miss any important legal and industry updates.

2020

June

Claims against SIPP providers and SIPP trustees - 1 June 2020

This webinar provides an introduction to the basics of claims against self-invested personal pension (SIPP) providers and trustees and the approach taken by the Ombudsman and the Courts, including the long-awaited decision in the landmark case Adams v Carey Pensions. 
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July

COVID-19, recession and abandoned cargo - the impact on cargo and liability insurance - 9 July 2020

In this webinar we considered the impact of these abandoned containers on the insurance industry in terms of both cargo insurance and freight liability insurance. We also considered the losses arising from such claims and the extent to which these might be covered under such policies.
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September

Miscellaneous professionals - 9 September 2020

Our miscellaneous professionals webinar covered upcoming trends and predictions for claims against miscellaneous professions within tech and media firms, data analysts, loss adjusters and claims handlers. 
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October

Civil unrest and ramifications for the cargo market - 1 October 2020

Kennedys and the ICIC's webinar aimed at underwriters, brokers and claims adjusters, covered how civil unrest affects the cargo market.
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Product liability: where are we and where next? - 8 October 2020

Aimed at manufacturers, brokers, underwriters and claims managers, our speakers discussed the current case law and provided an insight on future trends.
Here they covered the following:

  • Three years on: assessing the impact of Gee v DePuy on claims under the Product Liability Directive.
  • Developments in collective redress: surveying the battleground in UK claims, and EU directive on representative actions - opening the floodgates?
  • New technology, related claims and emerging risks.

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Miscellaneous professionals webinar - part two - 22 October 2020

In this webinar our speakers discussed upcoming trends and predictions for claims against real estate professions, testing, inspection and certification firms, telecommunication specialists and insurers working in the facilities management field. 
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November

Solicitors professional liability webinar - 2 November 2020

We are delighted to have held a webinar hosted alongside leading professional indemnity insurance brokers Griffiths & Armour which focused on the professional indemnity market for solicitors, causes of claims, how to successfully recover fees and a new claims trend concerning SDLT multiple dwelling relief.
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Modern methods of construction - European review webinar - 3 November 2020

In this webinar, speakers from across our European network, including France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the UK, covered insurance issues relating to modern methods of construction, including adoption of such methods, issues of off-site fabrication of structural elements  and their incorporation in the works and policy response. 
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Securities class actions in North America webinar - 12 November 2020

We are delighted to have held our financial lines webinar, with guest speaker Eric Dolden - Dolden Wallace Folick LLP,  where we focused on securities class actions in the US and Canada. 

Our speakers explored the following topics:

US perspective

  • US election: game changer or status quo?
  • Claims from current economic turbulence, including exposure from wave of IPO listings and bankruptcies
  • Unsponsored ADRs, foreign issuers and related developments in US courts

Canadian perspective 

  • Legislative changes for class certification. Is the bar too low?
  • Keep it in Canada or punt the securities class action to the US? The difficult questions Canadian domiciled companies face. 

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Autonomous vehicles webinar: A future with no one behind the wheel? - 18 November 2020

We are delighted to invite you to a webinar we are hosting next week in association with Perrin Conferences, where we will explore the future of autonomous vehicles and the potential impact on business.

Topics for discussion include:
• The road to automation: what is the vision?
• Who is winning the race to autonomous vehicles, why and how?
• Obstacles to the technology: what do consumers really think?
• Insurance coverage: the changing face of risk and insurance models.
• Challenges ahead: litigation, data and morality.

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All change - developments in accountancy, audit and insolvency webinar - 19 November 2020

We are delighted to have hosted a webinar aimed at claims handlers and underwriters within insurers and also brokers and risk managers in accountancy firms.

In this webinar our speakers covered the following topics:

  • Accountant's furlough related claims
  • Recent cases and developments
  • Pandemic insolvency - issues, challenges and changes
  • Changes affecting auditors

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The future of dispute resolution webinar series: an alternative perspective - 24 November 2020

Part one - a UK and US perspective on the future of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution 

Part one of our series provided a UK and US perspective on the future of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution where:

  • Michael Hogg discussed the pros and cons to insurers of virtual arbitrations and mediation.
  • Katherine Proctor explored the future of international arbitration and whether COVID-19 will revolutionise it. 
  • Pamela Schultz and Jonathan Thames provided a US perspective on the future of dispute resolution including the state and federal court's approach, the COVID-19 impact and the pros and cons of virtual depositions.
  • Joanna Manthorpe chaired interactive discussion with our speakers and welcome the opportunity for questions. 

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Women in business webinar - 26 November 2020

We are delighted to have hosted our virtual women in business event on Thursday 26 November 2020 where we we focused on diversity and inclusion.

The event saw our global managing partner and diversity champion, Suzanne Liversidge joined by our guest speaker - Rose St Louis, Insurance Director at KPMG LLP.

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December

Jurisdictions and governing law - 11 December 2020

With the Brexit transition period ending on 31 December 2020, our webinar covered EU rules on jurisdiction and law.
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2021

January

Solicitors professional liability webinar - 20 January 2021

We are delighted to have held our solicitors professional liability webinar.

Our experts reviewed three issues which we expect will become prevalent in claims against solicitors in 2021:

  • Dishonesty - the Supreme Court decision in Stoffel v Grondona and whether that opens the floodgates to claims tainted by dishonesty. 
  • Aggregation - the Dixon Coles decision and the potential limitation to the circumstances in which claims arising from dishonesty may aggregate.
  • Scope of retainer - NDH Properties v Lupton Fawcett.

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Vaccine development: proteins, protections and pandemics - 26 January 2021

We are delighted to have held an insightful discussion on vaccine development against the backdrop of a pandemic, and an update on the introduction and risks of human challenge trials.

This webinar was aimed at insurance claims handlers, underwriters, start-ups, medical device, med-tech and pharmaceutical companies and in-house counsel, academics and disrupters in the industry. 

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February

2020

June

Commercial construction webinar - 9 June 2020

During our commercial construction webinar we provided an overview of the most recent case law, imminent law changes and industry news within the world of commercial construction law.
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 Back to business for SMEs webinar - 12 June 2020

Our first webinar in this series addressed the following:

  • Re-opening the workplace - employment considerations
  • Health surveillance and data protection

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Back to business for SMEs webinar - 26 June 2020

As part of our webinar series we addressed the following with speakers from CBRE:

  • Issues businesses, landlords and occupiers should be considering on their return to work.
  • What the new normal will look like.
  • How work spaces might need to be reconfigured moving forward.
  • The use of collaborative and more localised work spaces.
  • The rise in flexible and home working.

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July

Back to business for SMEs webinar - 3 July 2020

Here we held the fourth webinar of our weekly series for SMEs where we considered adjustments businesses need to make in times of financial distress or pressure. The session covered:

  • Taking a robust stance regarding monies due, or owed.
  • The enforcement of contractual terms, arrangements with suppliers and so on.
  • Dispute trends, and how to create commercial leverage to bring about early resolution.
  • The court system – pros and cons of the current online system.

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Cryptoassets and the law - 7 July 2020

We held our webinar on cryptoassets aimed at claims handlers, underwriters and anyone that deals with cryptoassets.

We were joined by Christopher Lundie and George Hilton from 2 Temple Gardens, who joined Kennedys' Alexandra Miller and Danny Steel to discuss:

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Back to business for SMEs webinar - 10 July 2020

We held the fifth webinar of our weekly series for SMEs where we considered contractual issues during COVID-19, including:

  • Force majeure and frustration
  • Impact of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act on termination of supply contracts

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Back to business for SMEs webinar - 17 July 2020

Here we held the sixth and final webinar of our weekly series for SMEs where we considered the following:

  • The importance of recovering debt in the current climate.
  • Effective communication with customers and suppliers.
  • Procedure and enforcement methods.
  • Supply terms and re-negotiation of contracts.
  • Looking towards the future.

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Introduction to construction law - 17 July 2020

This webinar is designed as a helpful introduction for anyone new to construction law, but will also be a handy refresher on basic principles for those more experienced.

During this recording we covered:

  • Parties, procurement and phases of a project
  • Types of construction contract
  • Standard form contracts
  • The Construction Act
  • Key contract clauses
  • Disputes

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COVID-19: application for temporary relief for the inability to perform contracts - 28 July 2020

We held our webinar aimed at construction and hire purchase firms, along with SMEs and non-residential landlords and tenants, who wish to gain further insight into the criteria related to applying for temporary relief for the inability to perform contracts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The session covered:

  • What relief can be obtained under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.
  • Who is covered under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.
  • How to obtain relief under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act and the COVID-19 (Application for Temporary Relief for Inability to Perform Contracts) Regulations.
  • An overview of the assessment process.
  • How to respond to a notification for relief.

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October

GDPR for HR: how long should I keep staff records? - 2 October 2020

In this session, we reviewed what HR is required to do to ensure GDPR compliance in relation to staff records. We also considered the rights of 'data subjects' (i.e. individuals) under the GDPR and how these rights may be enforced. 

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Exporting: Brexit and the World Trade Organization - 6 October 2020

This webinar, in association with BExA, focused on:

  • What will trading on WTO terms mean for businesses?
  • What are the legal implications?
  • What practical steps businesses need to address now?

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Kennedys and LexisNexis UAE arbitration webinar - 20 October 2020

The UAE legal landscape has witnessed a long promised change following the enactment of the UAE Arbitration Law (Federal Law No.6/2018). However, two years since the promulgation of the Law, a question remains whether the UAE’s first stand-alone law on arbitration has brought any significant impact on the growth of arbitration and the supervisory role of the UAE Courts.

During this webinar, in association with LexisNexis, we put the matter to the test, providing a comparative analysis of the recent onshore and offshore UAE Court decisions, covering issues of capacity, jurisdiction, arbitrability, recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

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November

Lunchtime bite-size construction update - 27 November 2020

We are delighted to have held our lunchtime bite-size construction update, aimed at those in the construction industry.

During this lunchtime session, we provided an overview of the most recent case law and industry news within the world of commercial construction law. This update is designed to get you up to speed on the latest legal issues.

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December

Employment breakfast webinar - 3 December 2020

We are delighted to have held our employment law breakfast webinar, aimed at human resources teams and those managing workplace issues.  

During this webinar our speakers discussed what is happening in the world of employment law including:

  • Recent cases for employers to note
  • COVID-19 in the workplace and support for employers
  • What Brexit might mean for employers

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Employment law update for healthcare webinar - 4 December 2020

We are delighted to have held our our employment law update for HR and OD professionals working in the healthcare industry.

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2021

February

A fresh approach to debt recovery and enforcement- 16 February 2021

We are delighted to have held our webinar aimed at those that deal with debt recovery and commercial litigation. Those that watch this webinar gain the knowledge about the way in which debt recovery and enforcement of debts has changed during the pandemic and trends emerging in the collection of debts; a fresh approach embracing the digitisation of the court system and ADR. 

Our panel discussed:

  • A fresh approach to debt recovery: how can we drive forward a more efficient and cost effective system of recovering debts in England and Wales and how can we facilitate early resolution. We will also compare our current working practices to those adopted in the US.
  • Kennedys IQ: a sneak peek demo of Kennedys IQ's new solution for commercial debt recovery which helps our clients to begin recovering their debts through an efficient automated process.
  • Enforcement: how has COVID-19 impacted on the collection of debts and is there a modernised approach to dispute resolution post judgment? Are creditors changing the way they view recoveries and shifting focus to debt security and repayment plans?

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2020

June

Practitioner Performance Management – how could COVID-19 affect this? - 5 June 2020

Kennedys is delighted to have partnered with NHS Resolution’s Practitioner Performance Advice Service to deliver a practical and solutions focused session looking at the performance management of doctors.
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July

HSE enforcement over COVID-19 reportable incidents - 16 July 2020

Here we held our HSE webinar where we explained when healthcare and other organisations should have reported a death from COVID-19 under RIDDOR, what steps to take to prepare in the event that an Inspector makes contact with a view to undertaking a formal criminal investigation, dealing with those investigations and what are the possible outcomes and consequences for organisations. We also covered the circumstances when an inquest will be held for a COVID-19 related death. 

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September

Capacity and consent - when to go to the Court of Protection - 23 September 2020

As part of our annual healthcare seminar programme Katie Gollop QC, from Serjeants Inn, spoke about capacity and consent and when to go to the Court of Protection.

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2021

February

Annual global healthcare webinar programme: Israel - 10 February 2021

Kennedys' global healthcare team are delighted to have held the first webinar of our annual 2021 global healthcare webinar programme, our first jurisdiction in focus was Israel. 

Yaron Ben-Dan, Partner, Kennedys reviewed the Israeli healthcare structure and discuss the relationships between public and private healthcare providers and the current insurance providers in Israel. Yaron provided an overview of the judicial process, current trends and interesting rulings in the Israeli courts system and discuss the measures of damages and quantum. 

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2020

June

Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 10 June 2020

A webinar as part of our webinar series where we focused on the hot topics affecting the motor liability industry.
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Employers duty of care during a pandemic: the return to work and the “new normal” - 16 June 2020

A webinar as part of our employers' liability and public liability webinar series where covered the following:

  • Revisiting duty of care against the backdrop of Government advice and HSE warnings.
  • Health surveillance and its role in ensuring a reasonably safe environment.
  • The use of tech to help employers discharge their duty.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 17 June 2020

A webinar as part of our webinar series where we focused on the hot topics affecting the motor liability industry.
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COVID-19 and the impact on fraudulent claims - 22 June 2020

Here our specialists started to look at the fraud pipeline from detection through to deterrence. 
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COVID-19 and claims trends in employers and public liability - 23 June 2020

A webinar as part of our employers' liability and public liability webinar series where covered COVID-19 and claims trends - How furlough impacts investigations, the developing employment landscape and potential for claims:

  • What will the workforce look like going forward? The operation and winding up of the furlough scheme.
  • The current and anticipated impact on claims.
  • Can furloughed staff assist with a claims investigation?

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 24 June 2020

A webinar as part of our webinar series where we focused on the hot topics affecting the motor liability industry.
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COVID-19 and the leisure and hospitality industry - 30 June 2020

A webinar as part of our employers' liability and public liability webinar series where we covered the following:

  • The potential for claims arising in the leisure and hospitality industry.
  • Duty of care owed to visitors and employees – specific industry challenges.
  • Practical considerations when implementing Government advice and the anticipation of specific risks/ development of risk mitigation strategies.
  • Regulatory compliance and enforcement.

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July

Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 1 July 2020

A webinar as part of our webinar series where we focused on the hot topics affecting the motor liability industry.
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Occupational disease webinar - 1 July 2020

Here we held our occupational disease webinar where we focused on stress at work and work related neck and upper limb disorder (WRULD) claims and the impact that COVID-19 has had on these claims. 

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Celtic claims post COVID-19 - how to prepare for the ‘new normal’ - 2 July 2020

We had expert speakers from our Northern Ireland, Scotland and Republic of Ireland offices discuss the next steps for COVID-19 in each of their jurisdictions, including:

  • A simple guide to procedures for the increase in claims and litigation expected in the new few months
  • Interim arrangements
  • Tactics to help you cope with the ever-changing situation’

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 8 July 2020

A webinar as part of our webinar series where we focused on the hot topics affecting the motor liability industry.
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Fraud, technology and investigations webinar - 23 July 2020

The latest webinar in our fraud series looked at technology and investigations.
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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 15 July 2020

During this webinar we focused on:

  • The post COVID-19 future - a technology perspective
  • A view from the bench – a Barrister's view of the challenges of COVID-19 and the future challenges and opportunities

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August

Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 5 August 2020

During this webinar we focused on:

The MOJ portal:

  • What is it?
  • Key areas for attention
  • Potential pitfalls

Mistakes in the portal:

  • The Doctrine of Mistake
  • A review of Zommers v Litham and Lis v Rogers 
  • The practical implications 

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Field investigations in fraudulent claims - 25 August 2020

During the latest in our fraud webinar series we explored the fraud life cycle in insurance claims with the opportunities and pitfalls of field investigations.

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September

Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 9 September 2020

During this webinar we discussed EL or PL vs motor issues and if we are seeing any post-lockdown trends emerging.

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Ogden 8: an occasion for optimism? - 16 September 2020

During this webinar we discussed the main changes of the new Ogden Tables (published in August) but also the new battlegrounds and examined tactical opportunites for claimants and defendants.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 16 September 2020

During this webinar we discussed fraud and tinnitus in RTA claims.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 30 September 2020

During this webinar we focused on:

  • Court update in reaction to COVID-19
  • Remote hearings – here to stay? 
  • Judgments: overview, impact of COVID-19 and the furlough scheme

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Occupational disease webinar - 30 September 2020

During this webinar we focused on:

  • Acoustic shock - the law and claims handling strategy for acoustic shock claims, following Goldscheider v Royal Opera House (2019).
  • Hand-arm vibration - a refresher on the law and handling of claims for vibration related injuries.

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October

Local authority mock trial - 1 October 2020

The webinar followed the progress of a mock trial following a slipping accident in a school. We will consider the importance of e-bundles and the format of the remote trial, outlining how this differs from a trial in person.

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EL/PL construction webinar - 12 October 2020

During this webinar our speakers discussed the following topics:

  • The Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) and recent case law 
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry and potential claims arising from the pandemic 
  • Regulatory developments in construction 

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Fraudulent claims webinar - 13 October 2020

In this webinar, where we explored the fraud life cycle in insurance claims, Senior Associates Nicola Smith and Zoe Alexander discussed:

  • Identifying high risk cases.
  • Challenging credibility.
  • Alternative methods of securing evidence.
  • Importance of corroboration.
  • Challenging the claimant.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 14 October 2020

We are pleased to have held the twenty first webinar in our Motor Webinar series. During this webinar Ian Davies and Richard West, Partners at Kennedys, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the global legal casualty and motor market and what impact the challenges may have in the future.

In addition Mark Walsh, also a Kennedys Partner, provided a high level overview of the Swift v Carpenter decision on accommodation claims.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 21 October 2020

We are pleased to have held the twenty second webinar in our Motor Webinar series. During this webinar we focused on:

The rise of the smombies

  • The role of mobile phones in incidents involving pedestrians
  • Pedestrians and contributory negligence


Case law update

  • Part 8 stays – Cable v Liverpool Victoria
  • Recording medical examinations – Mustard and MacDonald


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November

Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 4 November 2020

We are pleased to have held the twenty third webinar in our motor webinar series. Based on previous attendee feedback we extended this session, making it more interactive focused in more detail on coverage issues between motor insurers and then EL or PL insurers
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EL/PL webinar - 5 November 2020

We are delighted to have held our employers' liability and public liability webinar, where we welcomed guest speaker Dr Thushan de Silva who discussed the latest epidemiological evidence relating to COVID-19. 
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COVID-19 and public transport webinar - The Go-Ahead Group's perspective - 16 November 2020

We are delighted to have held our webinar, with guest speaker Katy Taylor - Go-Ahead Group, aimed at transport business risk managers and directors, insurers, insurance claims handlers and brokers. This webinar covered the ongoing challenges of the transport industry both prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Occupational disease 18 November 2020

We are pleased to have held the twenty fourth webinar in our motor webinar series. During this webinar we had a practical discussion regarding default judgments and the addition and substitution of defendants.
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Motor Webinar Wednesdays- 18 November 2020

We are delighted to have held our occupational disease webinar focusing on acoustic shock and hand-arm vibrations. 
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Scandinavian EL/PL webinar - COVID-19 - 23 November 2020

We are delighted to have held our employers' liability and public liability webinar, where we welcomed guest speaker Dr Thushan de Silva who discussed the latest epidemiological evidence relating to COVID-19. 
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Fraud across the Celtic nations - 24 November 2020

This was a cross-jurisdictional webinar with the aim of giving an insight in to fraudulent claims in the jurisdictions of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Lawyers from our Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin offices discussed recent developments concerning fraudulent claims and what insurers can do to help combat these types of claims. We also considered the likely impact of COVID-19 on the landscape of fraudulent claims.
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December

Motor Webinar Wednesdays Christmas special - 7 December 2020

We are delighted to have held the final webinar in our Motor Webinar Wednesdays series where our panel of experts looked ahead and discussed some of the major factors that will impact the motor claims in 2021.

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Local authority webinar - 10 December 2020

We are delighted to have held our local authority webinar 'claims in outdoor spaces', aimed at local authorities and claims managers. Karen Grant and Mandy Williams discussed different types of claims which may be advanced following accidents in outdoor spaces and consider the duties to the public to prevent accidents in areas such as parks, children's playgrounds, play equipment and on public rights of way. 

Those watching will gain a useful overview on the types of claims that are being presented to local authorities whilst outdoor spaces are being used more regularly due to COVID-19. 

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The future of dispute resolution webinar series: an alternative perspective - 16 December 2020
Part two - will COVID-19 act as an accelerator to online courts?

During part two, Richard West, chaired an interactive panel discussion with Ian Davies, Peter Demick, Karim Derrick, John Gilfillan and Deborah Newberry, who explored:

  • The areas of the litigation process which COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on to reveal areas of inefficiency.
  • The biggest challenges to the delivery of justice - is it fit for the digital vision of resolving disputes in online courts? 
  •  The shifting nature of consumer expectation.
  • The role of legal technology in moving us away from the conventional court system: court is a service and not a place. 

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Challenging fraudulent claims webinar - 17 December 2020

We are delighted to have held the next webinar in our fraud webinar series where we are exploring the fraud life cycle in insurance claims. In this webinar our speakers focused on the challenge of fraudulent claims.

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2021

January

Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 20 January 2021

We are delighted to have held the first webinar in our bi weekly series for 2021. During this webinar our expert speakers covered the current hot topics affecting the motor industry including:

  • Brexit
  • ADRs
  • Whiplash reforms

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Catastrophic injury webinar- 21 January 2021

We are delighted to have held our catastrophic injury webinar, aimed at senior claims handlers and claims managers.

Our expert speakers gave an in-depth view on the key issues of 2020 and their implications for 2021 including:

  • COVID-19
  • Ogden 8
  • The decision in Swift v Carpenter
  • Round up of key decisions in 2020

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EL/PL webinar: COVID-19: the year of vaccination - 26 January 2021

We are delighted to have held our employers' liability and public liability webinar on Tuesday 26 January, where we welcomed speakers from across our product liability, healthcare and employment law teams who discussed the latest developments relating to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Challenging fraudulent claims webinar - 27 January 2021

We are delighted to have held the first webinar of our continuing monthly fraud webinar series for 2021 in which we have been following the stages of the fraud process from detection to deterrence. This month we will continued to explore topics relating to challenging fraudulent claims and we focussed on fundamental dishonesty with partner, Martin Stockdale and senior associate, Nicola Smith.

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February

Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 3 February 2021

MOJ stage 3 mock-trial

We are delighted to have held the second webinar in our biweekly series for 2021. 

During this webinar we ran a virtual MOJ stage 3 mock-trial with guests speakers from Kings Chambers. We gave an experience of the submissions made by counsel for either party and judgement, which demonstrated a working example of what happens in these types of hearings.

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Live launch of the fourth edition of Kennedys' claims handling guide - 11 February 2021

In this event we celebrated the launch of the latest edition of Kennedys’ Claims Handling Law and Practice: A Practitioner’s Guide, where we discussed some of the key opportunities and threats facing the claims handling profession.

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Proposed reform of County Court civil jurisdiction in Northern Ireland webinar - 12 February 2021

What insurers need to know

The Justice Minister for Northern Ireland has launched a public consultation on increasing the general civil jurisdiction of the country courts in Northern Ireland. 

We are delighted to have held our webinar where our expert speakers discussed:

  • The impact of the consultation in light of the current civil justice landscape.
  • How the outcome could significantly impact the way claims in Northern Ireland are litigated.
  • How insurers can start to prepare for the outcome.

The consultation goes further than previous recommendations, with the Department of Justice putting forward two options:

  • Option one - increase in county court jurisdiction to £60,000, with an increase in the jurisdiction of district judges to £20,000.
  • Option two - increase in county court jurisdiction to £100,000, with an increase in the jurisdiction of district judges to £35,000.

Our speakers considered the implications of both of the above options. 

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 17 February 2021

We are delighted to have held the third webinar in our biweekly series for 2021. Following the success of our MOJ Stage 3 mock trial, during this webinar we returned to the issues raised and the numerous questions we received. We also welcomed back Simon Young from Kings Chambers who gave his expert input on some of the queries raised.

During this session the questions we covered were not reliant on having witnessed the mock hearing. The focus was on tactical questions and common arguments such as:

  • Can I attach documents and what if they don’t appear on the CPP?
  • PSLA awards:
    • How do we support arguments in Stage 2?
    • JCG and reported cases – do they have much influence?
    • Multi-site injuries - what uplift does the court apply?
    • Travel anxiety – too minor to be considered?
  • Intervention and Copley letters on physio and rehab:
    • Why do our offers fail so often?
    • Do courts approach these in a consistent manner?
  • Miscellaneous expenses – how can these best be defeated?
  • Do the judges honestly not open the sealed offer letters?

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June

Motor prosecution webinar - smart motorways or are they? - 4 June 2020

Here we held the first webinar of our motor prosecution webinar series. In this webinar we covered:

  • A summary of the operation of and reasons for the proliferation of smart motorways.
  • Insight into the risks and the accidents associated with smart motorways.
  • Perspectives on the government review of smart motorways.
  • Some case examples and insight from a leading accident reconstruction expert on incidents on smart motorways.

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Motor prosecution webinar - Coroner's Court - COVID-19 an overview - 11 June 2020

Here we held the second webinar of our motor prosecution webinar series. In this webinar we covered:

  • Summary of the usual operation of the Coroner’s Court.
  • Insight on the particular challenges the coronial system faces because of the COVID-19 crisis/pandemic.
  • A rundown of the changes and measures in place due to COVID-19.
  • An insight into the longer terms effects of the pandemic upon the operation of the Coroner's Courts.

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Motor prosecution webinar - Relaxing legislation - the hidden danger of COVID-19 - 18 June 2020

Here we held the third webinar of our motor prosecution webinar series. In this webinar we covered:

  • A summary of regulatory legislation effecting motor transport relaxed as part of COVID-19 emergency legislation.
  • A precis of the prosecution of these matters in ordinary circumstances.
  • Insight on how such matters interact with the prosecution of more serious cases involving death and serious injury in ordinary circumstances.
  • Insight and prediction on how such matters might be interpreted in cases going through the Courts now and in the future.

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Motor prosecution webinar - The legal landscape - attitudes and developments following COVID-19 - 25 June 2020

We held the fourth and final webinar of our motor prosecution webinar series. In this webinar we covered:

  • Summary of the measures being adopted by the Courts as a response to COVID-19.
  • Commentary on how they are working.
  • Insight and predictions on how the post COVID-19 landscape will look and whether changes enacted may in fact be permanent.

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July

Annual regulatory webinar - 9 July 2020

We hosted our annual regulatory webinar where attendees gained an insight into this rapidly developing area of law.

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HSE enforcement over COVID-19 reportable incidents - 16 July 2020

Here we held our HSE webinar where we explained when healthcare and other organisations should have reported a death from COVID-19 under RIDDOR, what steps to take to prepare in the event that an Inspector makes contact with a view to undertaking a formal criminal investigation, dealing with those investigations and what are the possible outcomes and consequences for organisations. We also covered the circumstances when an inquest will be held for a COVID-19 related death. 

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August

The Building Safety Bill: What to expect - 24 August 2020

We are delighted to have held our regulatory webinar focusing on the draft Building Safety Bill 2020 recently published by the Government.

In this webinar we summarised and explored the main points arising from the Building Safety Bill and how they will impact fire safety management systems in high-rise buildings from a practical point of view. We also considered what steps businesses can take to prepare for when the draft legislation becomes law.

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October

The importance of inquests - 22 October 2020

We are delighted to have held an inquests webinar on Thursday 22 October 2020, aimed at insurers and corporates.

Our speakers provided an update in relation to the key aspects of inquests including, pre-inquest review hearings (PIRH), Article 2 and changes made as a result of COVID-19. 

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