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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 COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of offices and resulted in millions of people having to work from home, with employers deploying their attention and energy to ensuring the safety of their workforce, whilst also striving to maintain their businesses.
Temporary relief to the construction industry in Singapore - The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic remains, at the time of writing, an ongoing event which has brought about economic disruption on an alarming scale. Due to its unprecedented virulent and contagious nature, as well as its unforeseeability and potential for containment, the COVID-19 pandemic has, in many countries, precipitated hard stoppages (or else, severe limitations) ordered by governments to curb the spread of the disease.
In 2020 we saw both pandemic and non-pandemic related amendments to the Civil Procedural Rules (CPR) and a general shift in how personal injury cases are managed by both the courts and solicitors. Looking ahead to 2021, what further changes might we expect to reflect this new way of working?
If 2020 was the year of the pandemic, then 2021 will be the year of the vaccine. The vaccination of millions of ‘at risk’ people against COVID-19 will finally place us firmly on the road to recovery. But this recovery will not be linear. As countries around the world go back into lockdown, we can expect many more bumps in the road.
Under new plans announced by the government and no doubt as a result of COVID-related issues over the past year, employees will be afforded the right to work remotely and the right to disconnect.
Modern slavery has become a growing concern for businesses across all sectors, becoming an issue insurers are taking seriously.
Our research identified five key risk themes that have implications and represent both challenges and opportunities for businesses, insurers, and wider society. This will assist in moving the conversation forward as we look beyond COVID-19, highlighting the important need to reshape the dynamic relationship between companies, households, and insurers.
Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal ruled that the planned expansion of Heathrow Airport was unlawful. In particular, the Court of Appeal determined that the Secretary of State for Transport had failed to take into account climate change obligations contained within the Paris Agreement on Climate Change when drafting the Airport’s National Policy Statement.
From the Insurance Post Claims and Fraud summit 2020, in this video James Shrimpton, Partner at Kennedys, focuses on the legal basis for Covid-19 infection claims, current medical research, the impact of the pandemic on other injury claims and whether we will see a flood of infection claims.