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In this report, Kennedys experts highlight recent legal and regulatory developments in the product safety and product liability sphere, and provide an overview of the key topics and trends that are likely to impact upon corporates and their insurers in the months ahead.
In June 2021, the Office for National Statistics reported that personal wellbeing in the UK during the first and second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was amongst the lowest levels since the ONS started collecting data in 2011. Against this backdrop, and with COVID-19 disrupting the traditional methods of working, it is now more important than ever for organisations to support staff wellbeing whilst in the office and at home.
Two years into the pandemic, we consider its impact on the life science sector and how the risk landscape is evolving as the industry builds on the progress it has made.
In this report, Kennedys experts highlight key legal and regulatory developments, and provide an overview of 12 topics to watch under four main topic groups which insurers and corporates should consider as they plan for operational resilience in the new financial year.
The UK Government last week published draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Public Inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we consider whether the draft ToR, given the breadth of areas covered, provide an indication as to who will be afforded Core Participant status for the purpose of the Inquiry.
To ensure safe working in relation to COVID-19, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has undertaken a number of spot checks on hospitals. Here, we provide an overview for healthcare providers on the process and focus of such inspections, findings on past inspections and the consequences of any deemed failings.
The United Arab Emirates continues to be a critical hub for global shipping. It, like all other major centres for maritime trade, has had to respond to significant changes and disruption in recent years. Here we highlight some of the key developments in the region for both insurers and their insureds now recovery from the pandemic is well underway.
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is responsible for investigating sudden and unexplained deaths in Scotland. From 21 May 2020, all COVID-19 or presumed COVID-19 deaths have been reported to the COPFS.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global health and economic crisis with devastating effects. For many countries, the focus has shifted to economic recovery and growth. Integral to this is the safety of workers’ physical and mental health. In this article, we provide a cross-jurisdictional review of how COVID-19 risk will be regulated by criminal enforcement agencies in the UK, US and Australia.
As the pandemic continues, once again businesses are starting the New Year looking for more certainty. We are therefore taking a high level look at some key legal and regulatory certainties likely to have a significant impact on insurers and intermediaries in 2022. The following proposals are already (or imminently) either in force or in consultation.