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Life sciences report 2023: trends and future risks
This report highlights key legal and regulatory developments in the UK and the EU – and the related liability risks. Our experts also shine a spotlight on a number of priority topics for life sciences businesses, and their insurers, to consider as they plan for operational resilience in the months ahead.
In Practice Series - Human and fundamental rights violations in supply chains – what can responsible businesses do?
On 9 February 2023, the European Commission published an article noting that trafficking victims in Europe had risen by 10% and that the share of European Union nationals among the victims increased to 59%. The International Labour Organisation has estimated that 27.6 million people are still in forced labour, in many industries and in every continent – the majority of which takes place in the private economy.
The Consumer Protection Act 1987: staying put… for now
The European Commission (EC) has published its long awaited proposals to modernise the Product Liability Directive (PLD) – the legislation governing redress for defective products. The proposals address the risks and challenges posed by the digital age and have raised questions as to whether UK might follow in the EU’s footsteps and seek to reform the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (CPA), the legislation which implemented the PLD into UK law.
Case review 2023-04-27
Reasonableness of settlements revisited
The judgment in DIPT Ltd & Ors v Sanglier Ltd; Sanglier Ltd v Apollo Chemicals Ltd  handed down by the Technology and Construction Court reminds us that a pragmatic approach should be adopted when considering the reasonableness of settlements.
In Practice Series - Sustainability initiatives at EU level – the current status
The European Union (EU) Green Deal was introduced on 11 December 2019 and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to minimise the use of resources whilst achieving economic growth on an EU-wide level. To maximise its impact and ensure that the transition to climate neutrality is irreversible, the European Climate Law, which came into force on 29 July 2021, writes the EU Green Deal’s goal for Europe’s economy and society to become climate neutral by 2050 into law.
Personal Injury Brief: market insights – March 2023
A summary of key developments including upcoming changes to the Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting regime, the Ministry of Justice call for evidence on the discount rate in England & Wales, and takeaways from The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference.
Imminent changes to Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting: levelling the playing field
The UK Government has published its response to its consultation on changes to the Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting (QOCS) regime in personal injury cases, which was launched on 9 May 2022.
In Practice Series - The future Medical Device Regulations within the UK
On 26 June 2022, the UK’s medical device regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published their response to the consultation on the “future regulation of medical devices in the UK”, which indicates future wide-reaching change for the UK medical devices regulatory regime going forward.
Commercial Brief innovation market insights - March 2023
As Kennedys launches its campaign on fostering innovation, we share our insights on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace, regulating AI in the life sciences sector and the novel risks inherent in modern technologies.
UK product safety update: two year extension given to businesses for GB specific product safety marking
The UK Government announced on 14 November 2022 that businesses would be given a further two years to apply the new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) product safety marking to their products. The UKCA mark is the UK equivalent of the European Union’s CE mark, which denotes compliance with mandatory applicable product regulations when applied to products.