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On 28 March 2019, the government launched a consultation on the extension of fixed recoverable costs in cases worth up to £100,000. The consultation sought views on a number of recommendations made by Sir Rupert Jackson in his ‘Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Supplemental Report Fixed Recoverable Costs’ published in July 2017, with the government aiming to take forward most of his recommendations.
A roundup of recent court decisions and insights raising issues relating to qualified one-way costs shifting, dependency claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, the importance of parties proving and not assuming exposure to asbestos, and the government’s announcement regarding fixed recoverable costs.
Following the publication of The Legal 500 UK 2022, we are proud to announce that the firm has once again achieved impressive rankings and recognition within the latest guide to leading law firms and lawyers.
The recent publication of the Employers Liability Tracing Office annual report provides some useful data for insight into the current legacy market position. In this article, from an occupational disease perspective, we explore this report to include patterns and trends over the past few years.
Case review 2021-09-24
On 16 September 2021, the Western High Court ruled in a case concerning the limitation of a claim for residual compensation for loss of earning capacity. In its ruling, the High Court upheld the ruling of 19 August 2020 of the District Court of Herning.
Currently COVID-19 and long COVID (where COVID-19 symptoms last more than 12 weeks) is not recognised as an occupational disease in the UK.
The Work and Pensions Committee will examine the current risks posed by asbestos in the workplace, the actions taken by the Health and Safety Executive to mitigate them and how its approach compares to those taken in other countries.
Case review 2021-08-10
Paramount Shopfitting Limited v Rix [28.07.21] - Mr Rix died from mesothelioma aged 60 following exposure to asbestos early in his career. Later in his career, the deceased spent his working life building up a successful business, MRER Ltd. Liability was admitted leaving the court to resolve quantum. The main area of controversy was the quantification of the annual value of Mrs Rix’s financial dependency.
Will there be a dramatic shift in attitudes towards employee sickness-related absence now that offices are beginning to reopen? Traditionally, employees in the workplace often thought it heroic to struggle through the working day. But, will this be in the case in the post-COVID world? We suspect not.
HSG 248: the analyst’s guide for sampling analysis and clearance procedures is the comprehensive and authoritative guide for asbestos analysts in Great Britain. In this article, we set out the key changes under the guide and discuss the potential impact from both an occupational disease and regulatory perspective in terms of claims and prosecutions.