Webinar recordings

Webinar recordings

If you weren't able to join one of our webinars we've made them available to view online so you do not miss any important legal and industry updates.

Listed below by expertise, you can find a range of our webinars to watch on demand by filling out a short form.

For further information please contact our events team.

Claims handling

Construction and engineering

Developments in construction and building law - 13 December 2022

During this webinar, special counsel Mairead Cusack discusses the pace of building industry reforms in New South Wales, and compares the position in NSW with other Australian States and the United Kingdom.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 5 December 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

  • Circumstance notifications – a recap
  • Claims trends in 2022
  • Developments in Ireland regarding expert evidence

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Building Safety Act: Implementation and HMG’s Recovery Strategy - 15 November 2022

Kennedys' Paul Lowe and Jesal Parekh were joined by guest speakers Graham Cundy, Director of the Recovery Strategy Unit and Frances Parrott, Head of the Recovery Strategy Unit at The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

During the session we heard about DLUHC’s work to change culture in the construction industry, and where appropriate, how the government is pursuing firms and individuals who are not making buildings safe.

Kennedys’ speakers also discussed the regulatory aspects of the Building Safety Act that will be implemented throughout 2023 and the changes’ potential impact on the insurance market.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 6 September 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

Building Safety Act 2022

  • Role of the new regulator.
  • Who is paying for remediation work.
  • Changes to limitation periods.
  • Lifting the corporate veil.

Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978

  • “Same damage” claims involving a settlement and limitation.

Limitation defences for design professionals

  • Construction claims - some basics.
  • Design and build contracts.
  • Professional appointments.
  • Limitation bars, the DPA and the risks.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 10 May 2022

During this webinar our speakers discussed:
• Case bite - recent TCC decisions.
• Assumption of duty and the professional duty of care: where are we now in light of Multiplex Construction Europe Limited v (1) Bathgate Realisations?
• Scotland: is limitation still prescriptive?

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Building safety webinar - part two - 30 March 2022

Following on from our first building safety webinar, where we discussed the key developments for insurers and industry in 2022, we are pleased to have returned to the same topic where we answered the questions posed to us during and after the first session.

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Building safety - the key developments for insurers and industry in 2022 - 23 March 2022

In this webinar, our speakers discussed:

  • The Building Safety Bill, limitation and liability – what’s new in 2022: the most important amendments to the Building Safety Bill in 2022, including extensions of liability under the Defective Premises Acts and their impact on insurance claims.
  • Who funds building safety remedial works? The Government has placed demands upon developers and manufacturers. We reviewed the response from industry and what that response means for the insurance market.
  • The Building Safety Regulator: its role and powers to sanction firms, also how the regulator’s operations will affect insurers.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 26 January 2022

During this webinar our speakers discussed:

  • Rising input costs and the impact on those carrying construction professional indemnity risk.
  • Adjudications: recent decisions and recurring challenges.
  • Important procedural changes in Irish civil litigation.

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Cyber risks

Cyber threats and debt issues: spotting red flags to help protect your business - 24 January 2023

We were delighted to host a webinar on cyber threats and debt issues on Tuesday 24 January 2023 where our speakers looked at:

  • Current market: is your business or insured well-equipped to deal with debt recovery and data breaches in a challenging market?
  • Warning signs: how can you spot warning signs and try to prevent non-payment and strains on commercial relationships?
  • Protecting your business: what is the actual cyber threat landscape and what are the most basic things every business can do protect their data and minimise the risk of and damage caused by cyber threats and data breaches?

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Once more unto the breach: Australia’s new Privacy Act reforms - 8 December 2022

Kennedys Partner Nicholas Blackmore looks at the amendments proposed by the fast-tracked Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022, and considers what other reforms may follow.

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Proposed updates to cybercrime and cybersecurity laws - 24 November 2022

Kennedys Partner Nicholas Blackmore looks at the detail of the proposed new laws, why they are necessary, how they compare to similar laws overseas, and what else Hong Kong can do to strengthen its cybersecurity position.

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Business email compromise and payment fraud - 10 August 2022

Kennedys Partners Nicholas Blackmore and Joanie Ko  discuss current trends in business email compromise incidents and look at the legal and regulatory aspects of responding to an incident, including breach notification requirements and disputes about misdirected payments.

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Data breach - a new claims farming opportunity? 3 August 2022

Our speakers provided an overview on data breach claims, looked at relevant case law and explored past and future appetite for claims farming in this market.

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Business email compromise and payment fraud - 28 June 2022

Kennedys partner Nicholas Blackmore discusses current trends in business email compromise incidents and delves into the legal and regulatory aspects of responding to an incident, including breach notification requirements and disputes about misdirected payments.

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Responding to a ransomware attack - 17 June 2022

Kennedys Partners Joanie Ko and Nicholas Blackmore, along with Paul Byrne, APJ Director of Business Development – Legal & Insurance from CrowdStrike, discussed how they would advise their clients in the Asia Pacific region to respond to a hypothetical ransomware attack scenario from a technical and legal perspective, including a discussion on the importance of recovery, forensic investigation, communication with the threat actor, data breach notification and other issues.

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China's new Personal Information Protection Law (Hong Kong) - 29 March 2022

Kennedys Special Counsel, Nicholas Blackmore shared the key concepts of China’s new Personal Data Information Protection Law and its most important features for Hong Kong businesses. 

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China's new Personal Information Protection Law - 24 March 2022

Kennedys Special Counsel, Nicholas Blackmore provides a guided tour of China's new Personal Information Protection Law and its most important features for Australian businesses.

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Financial institutions

Accountants webinar - 29 March 2022

During this webinar our team of experts discussed some key topics that affect the accountancy profession:

  • FRC’s audit enforcement procedure and accountancy scheme - how to respond and what to expect.
  • Tax schemes - Knights v Townsend – duties of introducers.
  • The wake of Manchester v Grant Thornton - duty dependent upon purpose and how are the Courts applying this decision?

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Insurance and claims

The role of the legal expert and the loss adjuster, comparative approaches and practices - 9 June 2022

Our webinar examined the question of the role of the legal expert and loss adjuster from a comparative law perspective (France, Spain, United Kingdom and Latin America). It was presented by specialists in these issues within our firm. This webinar was aimed at insurers, claims managers and lawyers confronted with these questions in the context of their professional practice.

Please note this webinar is in French.

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Ireland: Consumer Insurance Contracts Act 2019 (webinar 3 of 3) - 26 May 2022

Our third and final webinar assessed the key features of the Consumer Insurance Contracts Act 2019 (“CICA”) which is the most significant legislative reform of insurance law in Ireland since the Marine Insurance Act 1906. We considered the substantive changes brought about by CICA.

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Ireland: Civil Reforms and a less tolerant judiciary (webinar 1 of 3) - 12 May 2022

Our first webinar focused on recent changes in Irish Court procedure. These include new Court Rules, shortened timeframes for pleadings, judicial intolerance of delay, increasing prevalence of case management, and a growing culture of ADR.

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Life sciences

The use of data in life sciences and in defence of litigation webinar - 3 March 2022

This webinar was chaired by Emily Brett, Senior Associate at Kennedys who was joined by two eminent guests speakers Dr. Jee-Yeon Lehmann Ph.D., Economist and Vice President at the Analysis Group and Trevor Lewis, Founder, Director and Principal Consultant, Medical Device Consultancy as they discussed the use of data in post-market surveillance and regulatory decision making including the challenges posed by new technologies.

They also considered how data is used by expert biostatisticians, and the relevance of such evidence in the defence of medical products and pharmaceutical litigation.

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Marine

Product liability and safety

2023 European product safety legal and regulatory outlook: what to expect and how to prepare - 26 January 2023

With the benefit of their cross-disciplinary products law and cybersecurity expertise, and practical insights from our network of EU products practitioners, Kennedys’ global product safety and liability partner, Sarah-Jane Dobson and associate, Yaseen Altaf, provided a high level overview of the proposed reform of existing regimes as well as the introduction of new laws and regulations

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The right to repair: is it already broken? - 22 November 2022

Kennedys’ international product safety and liability partner Sarah Jane-Dobson was joined by Beko's head of sustainability and quality in UK and Ireland Steve Clarke.

This interactive discussion provided a multifaceted review of the ‘right to repair’, a broad concept which provides rights to consumers to repair or upgrade products they have purchased for an extended period, with a view to saving costs and facilitating the development of the circular economy.

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EU Product Liability Directive proposal - a brave new world? - 20 October 2022

Following our product liability and product safety team's latest article on the proposal for a revised EU Product Liability Directive (“the Proposal”), we were delighted to host a webinar on Thursday 20 October 2022.

Samantha Silver, Partner, addressed:

  • A summary of the background to the Proposal.
  • The significance of the key provisions for businesses and their insurers.
  • Next steps and timing for implementation in the EU.
  • Potential divergence of the position in the UK.

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Product liability: global perspectives on the law and emerging risks - 12 July 2022

In this webinar we travelled across the world for comparative insights on product liability, with speakers from Peru, Spain, the UK and the USA. We discussed:

  • The bases on which product liability cases are brought and how they are managed by the courts in their respective jurisdictions.
  • The application of existing product liability regimes to new technologies such as software and artificial intelligence.
  • Class actions.
  • Emerging risks.

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Professional liability

Construction professional indemnity webinar - 5 December 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

  • Circumstance notifications – a recap
  • Claims trends in 2022
  • Developments in Ireland regarding expert evidence

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 6 September 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Christopher Butler, our speakers discussed:

Building Safety Act 2022

  • Role of the new regulator.
  • Who is paying for remediation work.
  • Changes to limitation periods.
  • Lifting the corporate veil.

Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978

  • “Same damage” claims involving a settlement and limitation.

Limitation defences for design professionals

  • Construction claims - some basics.
  • Design and build contracts.
  • Professional appointments.
  • Limitation bars, the DPA and the risks.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 10 May 2022

During this webinar our speakers discussed:
• Case bite - recent TCC decisions.
• Assumption of duty and the professional duty of care: where are we now in light of Multiplex Construction Europe Limited v (1) Bathgate Realisations?
• Scotland: is limitation still prescriptive?

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Solicitors professional liability webinar - 22 March 2022

During this webinar, chaired by Helen Ager, Partner, Kennedys, we covered market developments including:

  • Page v Kidd & Spoor Harper Solicitors [2021] 11 WLUK 294, in which Kennedys acted successfully on a strike out application (and appeal);
    • The 15-year long stop date for negligence claims.
    • One of the key issues concerned the circumstances in which counsel's advice was reported to the client.
  • Litigation funding market - its growing importance in claims against professionals and issues arising for practitioners who act in litigation funded retainers.
  • Review of the latest SRA report which urges firms to change their culture to ensure that a safe environment is provided to all staff in relation to their physical and mental well being, which includes an environment in which mistakes and regulatory breaches can be reported and addressed without fear.

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Construction professional indemnity webinar - 26 January 2022

During this webinar our speakers discussed:

  • Rising input costs and the impact on those carrying construction professional indemnity risk.
  • Adjudications: recent decisions and recurring challenges.
  • Important procedural changes in Irish civil litigation.

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Property damage

Weathering the future storm: as the climate changes how should insurers of property risks respond? - 24 February 2022

During this webinar, speakers from our property damage and marine teams discussed some of the risks likely to be affected by increased climate volatility, and the issues that arise both before and after extreme weather events.

They also covered claims in relation to flooding of commercial and residential property, warehouses and ports, and increased risk presented by aridity and heat through extremes of temperature.

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Commercial disputes

Construction

Employment

Workplace law changes in 2023 - 1 December 2022

During this webinar, Partner Chris Molnar and his team discuss how you can best manage workplace law amendments in 2023 with a particular focus on the recently introduced Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill legislation.

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Employment law update - 2 November 2022

During this webinar our speakers provided an insight on recent developments in case law and current hot topics within the employment law field, including:

  • Menopause and the Equality Act.
  • Trans rights vs philosophical belief.
  • Case law update and horizon scanning.

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Insolvency and restructuring

Real Estate

Medical malpractice and healthcare

Product liability and medical malpractice - 29 November 2022

Kennedys' global healthcare team were delighted to host the fourth and final session of our annual 2022 global healthcare conference programme chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare.

We travelled across the world to review the potential overlap between medical malpractice and product liability in relation to the use of medical devices and products. We had speakers from Australia, France, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 23 November 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to host the ninth and final seminar of our annual healthcare programme for 2022, which was held virtually, on Wednesday 23 November 2022. We welcomed guest speaker Professor Timothy Draycott, Consultant Obstetrician at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, who focused on causation in obstetric claims.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 26 October 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team hosted the eighth seminar of our annual 2022 programme, which was held both in-person and virtually, on Wednesday 26 October 2022, with guest speaker Helen Vernon, Chief Executive NHS Resolution. The session focused on NHS Resolution: its current objectives and future aims.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 28 September 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team hosted the seventh seminar of our annual 2022 programme on Wednesday 28 September 2022 with guest speakers Dr Anwar Khan, Ellen Nicholson and Dr Ron Daniels. The session focussed on recognising sepsis in primary care.

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Assessment of damages around the world - 20 September 2022

Kennedys' global healthcare team held the third of our annual 2022 global healthcare conference programme chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare.

This interactive virtual conference travelled across the world to consider quantum in a maximum severity child brain injury case and compare the potential damages around the world. We had speakers from Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 30 June 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team held the sixth seminar of our annual 2022 programme, chaired by Daniel Freeman with guest speaker Kirsty Shaw, Chief Operating Officer at the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This seminar focused on what investigators look for and how healthcare bodies can improve care.

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Wrongful birth and wrongful life - 17 May 2022

Kennedys' global healthcare team hosted the second session of our annual global 2022 healthcare conference programme chaired by Christopher Malla, Kennedys' global head of healthcare.

We presented an interactive virtual conference where we travelled across the world to consider wrongful birth and wrongful life claims, with speakers from Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Latin America, the UK and Spain.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 27 April 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team hosted the fourth seminar of our annual 2022 programme, where we were joined by guest speaker Mr Adel Tavakkolizadeh, consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at King's College Hospital and specialises in upper limb surgery.

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Annual healthcare seminar programme - 29 March 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team were delighted to hold the third seminar of our annual 2022 programme. In this webinar we were joined by Simon Hammond and Kamal Bedi, Director and Deputy Director of Claims Management, NHS Resolution.

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Healthtech, claims, data breach and cyber - 16 March 2022

We are at the cusp of an exciting age in healthcare with advances in digital healthcare technologies now starting to transform the way patients are treated and cared for across the globe.

Our interactive virtual conference travelled across the world to consider developments in digital healthcare technologies, the impact on claims and the role of data and cyber security, with speakers from Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Latin America, the UK and Spain.

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A view from the Royal College of Nursing on supporting and retaining staff in the health service - 22 February 2022

Kennedys' healthcare team hosted the second seminar of our annual 2022 programme, which was held both in-person and virtually.

Guest speaker - Dr Denise Chaffer, President of the Royal College of Nursing 

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Medical law

Medical law seminar: best interests - planning ahead - 6 December 2022

In this seminar we were joined by Dr Zoë Fritz, Dr Imogen Goold and Rebecca Langley, as we discussed how best interest decisions are made in the Court of Protection and how they can be improved with advance care planning - starting these difficult conversations much earlier.

Rob Tobin also walked through some of the recent Court of Protection cases our Medical Law Group have worked on, focusing on the ethical and legal challenges facing clinicians, relatives and judges in making the right best interests decisions.

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Catastrophic injury

Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Serious and catastrophic injury virtual conference - 19 May 2022

Our expert speakers covered a range of market issues including:

  • The latest updates on mild traumatic brain injury.
  • Public affairs review of the year.
  • Pushing the quantum boundaries in fatal accidents.
  • The changing cost of care.
  • Emerging heads of loss.
  • Computer forensics: a case study.

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An afternoon with Billy Monger - 15 March 2022

We were delighted to hear from Billy Monger Racing, a successful young British racing driver, on 15 March. Billy shared his story about his rehabilitation and return to motor racing after a life-changing accident in 2017.

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Employers' and public liability

Animals and agricultural forum - 10 January 2023

This webinar considered the complex area of law involving liability for an injury caused by an animal knocking over a claimant. This usually involves dogs, and less rarely cattle. Our speakers discussed:

  • The Animals Act and negligence claims- is there a difference in approach?
  • Is a dog strike likely to cause “severe injury” to satisfy the Animals Act?
  • Is a dog running uncontrollably or having a propensity to collide with a person a “characteristic” under the Act or is this “normal” behaviour?
  • The use of expert evidence in defending claims.
  • The weight of newspaper/social media material.
  • The trends in recent case law of dog strike claims and recapping key cases in this area

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Animals and agricultural forum - 1 December 2022

Kennedys' Emma Cahill and Huw Edwards were joined by guest speaker Alan Bloor, Reading Agricultural Consultants to discuss the dangers to the public involving farmers cattle in the countryside including:

  • Public footpaths and livestock – the risks.
  • Legal duties – civil and regulatory.
  • How to minimise the risk in exposure to claims.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 16 November 2022

In this webinar we considered the impact of inflation on claims and how it will affect employers, employers' liability and public liability insurers. We considered:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance, employers' liability and public liability claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps employers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

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Animals and agricultural forum - 10 November 2022

Kennedys' Georgina Cox and Huw Edwards were joined by guest speakers Georgina Crawford, Ropewalk Chambers and Charlie Lane, Lane Equestrian Consultants to discuss:

  • The Animals Act, a detailed look into defending Section 2(2)(a).
  • Likelihood and severity of injury from an expert’s perspective.
  • Trends in recent case law and the approach taken in Dennis v Voute Sales Ltd [2022].

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Assessment of damages in construction injury dispute - 20 October 2022

Kennedys Hong Kong Liability Defence Team Partner Wilson Tam and Associate Grace Wong will provide an update on the recent case law of assessment of damages in construction ECPI claims and the Court’s latest approach in assessing employability, length of sick leave and credibility of the injured. There will also be practical tips for case handlers on handling exaggerated claims.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Pre-litigation handling in the Celtic jurisdictions - 19 July 2022

In this webinar our speakers provided an insight in to the personal injury pre-litigation process and tactics across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They discussed:

  • Key aspects, and the impact of the Personal Injury Pre-Action Protocol.
  • Current personal injury landscape.
  • Tips for pre-litigation claims handling.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 13 July 2022

During this webinar, Kennedys' partner Christopher Oldfield provided an insight to the evidence required and the challenges to defending claims by pedestrians against cyclists, including:

  • Growth in popularity of cycling as a leisure activity and form of transport since the pandemic.
  • Insurance: home and contents policies, club membership specialist schemes and those uninsured.
  • Duties of vulnerable road users to each other whilst sharing the same space.
  • The hierarchy of road users.
  • Standard of care and contributory negligence.
  • Factual and evidential issues.
  • An evidence gathering checklist.

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Damages Claims Portal mandatory for defendants from 2 June - 26 May 2022

During this interactive webinar our speakers looked at the practical implications of the DCP. They discussed:
• What is the DCP?
• Which claims does it apply to?
• What do you need to know before 2 June?
• Key takeaways and predictions for the future of the DCP.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 4 May 2022

During this webinar, Kennedys' partner Tom Holbrook was joined by Dr Trevor Friedman, Consultant Psychiatrist to discuss:
• Recent studies and impact of COVID-19/health and safety executives.
• Employer's consideration.
• A psychiatrist's view.
• Stress claims.
• Lone working and harassment in the workplace.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 6 April 2022

During this webinar, our expert speakers discussed the rise in pets during lockdown and liability under the Animals Act 1971 including:

• The Court of Appeal case of Ford v Seymour-Williams and what this means.
• Strict liability for non-dangerous animals.
• Direction of travel for Animal Act claims.

We were also joined by guest speaker Georgina Crawford from Ropewalk Chamber who was the instructed Counsel in the Ford v Seymour-Williams case.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 3 February 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed the following:

Liability for violence and misbehaviour by employees and third parties:

  • An overview of the law including the latest cases.
  • Practicalities of managing these cases.

Security staff: assault, battery and false imprisonment:

  • The law and practical issues with defending claims.

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Fraud

Fraudulent claims across the jurisdictions - 26 January 2023

Our counter fraud partner James Stevens, our Scottish fraud practice lead Louise Houliston, and Belfast and Dublin based counter fraud practitioners Ian Martindale and Cian McGrath provided an insight into claims inflation and claims building trends across four jurisdictions.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Data breach - a new claims farming opportunity? 3 August 2022

Our speakers provided an overview on data breach claims, looked at relevant case law and explored past and future appetite for claims farming in this market.

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Organised fraud - fraud through a different lens - 18 May 2022

In this webinar, our speakers provided an update on the changing face of organised fraud. They also provided an overview as to the use of similar fact evidence to bring the bigger picture to the court’s attention, provided an example of a Kennedys' public liability operation and our approach to organised fraud.

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Fundamental dishonesty - where are we now and where are we going next? - 31 March 2022

In this webinar, our speakers provided an update on recent and future developments in fundamental dishonesty in England, Wales and Scotland. They also provided an overview of what they are seeing in the Courts at the moment and considered how the law may evolve further.

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Local authority and abuse

Bracing for claims inflation for local authorities - 12 January 2023

Following on from our Insurance: bracing for claims report and our recent liability claims inflation webinar we were delighted to host a webinar on Thursday 12 January 2023 where our speakers provided an update on claims inflation for local authorities, including:

  • Psychiatric harm.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Technological advances.
  • Housing disrepair.
  • Costs.

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New Scottish legislation webinar - 29 November 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers provided an insight into future plans for fundamental reform directly impacting two important areas for Scottish public authorities; those who contract with them in general, and those providing social care in Scotland. The Scottish Government has indicated an intention to establish a National Care Service by 2026.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Local authority series - building safety - 13 September 2022

Danny McShee, Partner and Head of Kennedys’ Crime and Regulatory group has been acting for one of the central organisations involved in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Danny provided an update on changes to the Regulatory landscape and what local authorities need to be made aware of arising from the following:

  • The Building Safety Act 2022
  • The Fire Safety Act 2021
  • The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

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Abuse and redress - a Celtic update - 6 September 2022

Our speakers provided an insight into the options available to claimants across the three Celtic jurisdictions seeking compensation for historical abuse, and the implications for defenders and their insurers.

Our speakers looked at developments in policy, practice and publicity around safeguarding and historic abuse issues in Scotland, including:

  • Recent case law on issues around liability, limitation and quantum in Scottish civil damages claims.
  • Redress payments assessed by Redress Scotland as an alternative to litigation.
  • Progress of the Scottish child abuse inquiry.

We also compared and contrasted experiences across Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland and highlighted key similarities and differences in these issues across the jurisdictions.

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Local authority series - Electric vehicle charging infrastructure - 2 August 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers focused on electric vehicles. The session provided an insight into the practical implications of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure on local authorities, including:

  • The current position on local authorities formulating an EV policy.
  • The risks of charging cables on the highways.
  • Practical management of vehicle charging points.

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Local authority series - Tree claims - 7 June 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers focused on tree claims. They gave an overview and greater understanding of different types of claims involving trees including:
• Nuisance claims.
• Tree roots and subsidence claims.
• Liability for falling trees.

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Ireland: Personal injury claims reform - 19 May 2022

Our second webinar focused on the unprecedented changes to medical negligence and personal injury claims in Ireland, including the impact of the Judicial Guidelines and economic inflation on damages generally and horizon scanning reforms for personal injury litigation.

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Local authority series - Damages Claims Portal - 10 May 2022

We are delighted to have held the first local authority webinar of our 2022 series on Tuesday 10 May in conjunction with ALARM.

Delivering a more efficient, fast and accessible service are the key drivers behind the court’s introduction of the Damages Claims Portal (DCP) which forms part of HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMCTS) goal to provide an integrated online digital service for resolving civil claims.

During this interactive webinar our experts looked at the practical implications of the DCP for the public sector, discussing:
• What is the DCP?
• Which claims does it apply to?
• What do local authorities need to know?
• Key takeaways for the public sector and predictions for the future of the DCP.

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Motor liability

Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 25 January 2023

The much anticipated judgment of the OIC appeals of Rabot & Briggs were handed down on Friday. The majority judgment in favour of the claimant will attract the headlines but the dissenting judgment of Voss MR gives the defendant hope.

Ian Davies and Rachel Smythe discussed the implications on future claims and anticipated tactics these landmark cases may have.

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Fleet Friday - 20 January 2023

We held the next in our Fleet Friday webinar series, where Naomi North was joined by Marta Tomlinson to discuss the importance of vehicle maintenance, route planning and robust workplace systems to discuss and monitor poor driving practices.

Both Naomi and Marta discussed some real life examples of cases where companies have fallen foul of their legal obligations resulting in criminal proceedings and indeed action by the Traffic Commissioner.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 14 December 2022

In the volume and the mid-loss motor area there are two key areas of change ahead of us for 2023 – the OIC appeal decisions and the revised October start date for Intermediate Track.

Lewis Thompson and Ian Davies gave an overview and some thoughts on where these key issues for 2023 will take us.

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Fleet Friday - 2 December 2022

During the first session of our new Fleet Friday mini-series, our speakers looked at workplace incidents involving vehicles on site to include HGVs and vans. It covered a range of areas from employer's obligations, RIDDOR reporting and some tips on crisis management.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 9 November 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed claims inflation in the motor market covering bent metal inflation through to catastrophic injury claims.

We answered the numerous motor questions we received during and since the market wide claims inflation event.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 19 October 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed e-scooters including:

  • What are they and why the concern?
  • The current legal position.
  • The Transport Bill and the future legal position.
  • PACTS recommendations.
  • The local authority trials experience.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 20 July 2022

OIC – what does 12-months of data show us?

We hosted the twelfth webinar in our bi-weekly series for 2022 where the focus once again turned to OIC.

Our Kennedys IQ team have analysed the data for the first full 12 months of claims data from June 2021 to June 2022. There are numerous and significant trends to highlight.

Mike Gilpin, Commercial Director, Kennedys IQ and Chris Stubbs, Product Manager, Kennedys IQ shared the high level data we have available and Ian Davies, Partner, Kennedys added commentary and context to what the data shows.

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Pre-litigation handling in the Celtic jurisdictions - 19 July 2022

In this webinar our speakers provided an insight in to the personal injury pre-litigation process and tactics across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They discussed:

  • Key aspects, and the impact of the Personal Injury Pre-Action Protocol.
  • Current personal injury landscape.
  • Tips for pre-litigation claims handling.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 22 June 2022

During this webinar we discussed the two reported cases on tariff plus damages in the OIC - Mason v Pickering and Kaur v Kamal including:

• What can we learn from the decisions?
• Are they of any practical assistance?

We also touched on the Small Claims Pilot Scheme where cases can be determined without a hearing and discuss whether there is a benefit to claimant or defendant.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 8 June 2022

During this webinar we discussed:

Damages Claims Portal (DCP):
• Recent changes to the DCP.
• Updated practice direction.
• ‘Go-live’ date postponed for defendant legal representatives, what does this mean?

Increasingly prevalent coverage issues:
• Direct versus Driver on Cover (DOC) insurers.
• More motor versus employer liability cases.
• Practical approaches to take with both.

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Damages Claims Portal mandatory for defendants from 2 June - 26 May 2022

During this interactive webinar our speakers will be looking at the practical implications of the DCP. They will discuss:
• What is the DCP?
• Which claims does it apply to?
• What do you need to know before 2 June?
• Key takeaways and predictions for the future of the DCP.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 11 May 2022

Following suggestions from our previous session, we covered the subject of claims inflation. We drew on experts from our volume motor space, high value motor claims, costs and the Celtic jurisdictions, who considered various aspects of claims inflation and suggested areas of potential mitigation.

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Research on driver distraction: applying theory to practice - 5 May 2022

Dr Gemma Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Open University and expert in driver distraction, joined Kennedys' Senior Associate Russell Hall to discuss how driver distraction from phone use plays out in real life scenarios, how theory relates to practice and how phone use affects the outcome of cases both in terms of sentence and charges brought against distracted drivers.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 27 April 2022

During this webinar, our expert speakers gave their insights on the most recent publication of official data from the OIC, with a focus on the following areas:
• Are claims volumes what we would expect them to be?
• Claims lifecycle – why so slow?
• Injury types beyond whiplash.
• Early analysis of settlement data.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 13 April 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers focused on the Judicial College Guidelines new 16th edition, discussing:

• The main points of change to the guidelines.
• Practical ramifications - offers and judicial approach.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 30 March 2022

During this webinar we discussed three hot topics:

  • Tactical and practical tips for MoJ Stage 2 and Stage 3 - we answered the questions and tactical points raised following our successful Stage 3 mock trial such as drafting in Stage 2 packs, current judicial attitudes, intervention letters on rehabilitation and enclosing documents.
  • The release of part two of the whiplash consultation.
  • Practice direction relating to the Damages Claims Pilot.

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What role does the law play in managing distracted driving? - 24 March 2022

In this webinar, Dr Gemma Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Open University and expert in driver distraction joined Kennedys' Partner Naomi North and Senior Associate Russell Hall to discuss the limitations of current law, whether the law goes far enough to deter drivers from using mobile phones when driving and whether the forthcoming changes to the law will likely make a difference.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 16 March 2022

During this webinar we welcomed Barristers from Kings Chambers who guided us through an MOJ mock trial using working examples. 

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 2 March 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers gave a case summary on the recent judgment in Greyson v Fuller, relating to disclosure of medical reports within the MOJ Portal, and also discussed its implications on MOJ claims.

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Mobile telephones: distraction and drivers  - 24 February 2022

During this webinar attendees gained an understanding of latest research into the effects of driver distraction from mobile telephones and how these issues play out in serious collision cases.
Dr Gemma Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Open University and expert in driver distraction joined Kennedys' Partner Naomi North and Senior Associate Russell Hall to discuss motivations, behaviours and outcomes, and covered the basics of research findings on phone use by drivers.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 16 February 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed:

Low velocity impact claims -

  • A fraud perspective.
  • Cases specific to LVI.
  • LVI claims in the OIC - our predictions.

The Law Commissions’ joint report on the safe introduction of self-driving vehicles -

  • Initial thoughts on the report.
  • The difference between ‘driver assisted’ and ‘self-driving’ vehicles.
  • Minimum safety standards.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - The Highway Code Changes - 2 February 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers explored the changes that are being made to The Highway Code from Saturday 29 January. They discussed how these changes are likely to effect the motor industry and what claims trends they may expect to see emerge.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 19 January 2022

As more claims move through the OIC process new data is emerging on lifecycle times and nature of injuries.

During this webinar, Karim Derrick, Product and Innovation Director and Mike Gilpin, Commercial Director  at Kennedys IQ  joined Ian Davies to discuss some of the insights that the Kennedys IQ team are able to extract using the advanced analysis and artificial intelligence tools available within the IQ Platform.

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Legacy disease

Legacy disease webinar - 23 November 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed:

  • Immunotherapy and its contribution to claims inflation.
  • Clients strategies and further commentary around the issues being faced as a result of current economic circumstances.
  • Hand arm vibration claims: recent developments, trends, issues and strategies to deal with them.
  • Recent developments and potential issues on the horizon.

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Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

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Celtic occupational disease - 8 March 2022

In this session we focused on occupational disease issues across the Celtic nations, including:

  • An overview of the Personal Injury Guidelines 2021 – the good, the bad and possible challenges.
  • A review of recent Scottish time bar decisions in asbestos litigation.
  • An overview of the anticipated Compulsory Pre Action Protocol for Disease and Illness claims in Scotland.
  • Current trends in the handling of noise-induced hearing loss in Northern Ireland.

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Travel and tourism

Hotelier liability issues webinar - 25 January 2023

During this webinar our speakers discussed:

  • Issues for hoteliers to consider as we return to the ‘new normal’ post COVID-19.
  • Consideration of the Supreme Court Judgment in FS Cairo (Nile Plaza) v Brownlie.
  • Insurance and contractual considerations.
  • Risk management issues for hoteliers.

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Damages Claims Portal mandatory for defendants from 2 June - 26 May 2022

During this interactive webinar our speakers will be looking at the practical implications of the DCP. They will discuss:
• What is the DCP?
• Which claims does it apply to?
• What do you need to know before 2 June?
• Key takeaways and predictions for the future of the DCP.

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Health and safety

Fleet Friday - 20 January 2023

We held the next in our Fleet Friday webinar series, where Naomi North was joined by Marta Tomlinson to discuss the importance of vehicle maintenance, route planning and robust workplace systems to discuss and monitor poor driving practices.

Both Naomi and Marta discussed some real life examples of cases where companies have fallen foul of their legal obligations resulting in criminal proceedings and indeed action by the Traffic Commissioner.

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Fleet Friday - 2 December 2022

During the first session of our new Fleet Friday mini-series, our speakers looked at workplace incidents involving vehicles on site to include HGVs and vans. It covered a range of areas from employer's obligations, RIDDOR reporting and some tips on crisis management.

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Claims inflation

Bracing for claims inflation for local authorities - 12 January 2023

Following on from our Insurance: bracing for claims report and our recent liability claims inflation webinar we were delighted to host a webinar on Thursday 12 January 2023 where our speakers provided an update on claims inflation for local authorities, including:

  • Psychiatric harm.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Technological advances.
  • Housing disrepair.
  • Costs.

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Employers' liability and public liability webinar - 16 November 2022

In this webinar we considered the impact of inflation on claims and how it will affect employers, employers' liability and public liability insurers. We considered:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance, employers' liability and public liability claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps employers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

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Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 9 November 2022

During this webinar our expert speakers discussed claims inflation in the motor market covering bent metal inflation through to catastrophic injury claims.

We answered the numerous motor questions we received during and since the market wide claims inflation event.

Watch>

Liability claims inflation virtual conference - 12 October 2022

During this virtual conference we were joined by guest speaker, Darren Pain, Director of Cyber & Evolving Liability at The Geneva Association. Mr Pain discussed:

  • The recent rapid rise in economic inflation.
  • The implications for insurance claims alongside prevailing social inflation trends.
  • The steps insurers should be considering in navigating the elevated and more uncertain claims environment.

Our panel of Kennedys expert speakers also explored the implications and impact excess claims inflation is having on the following lines of business:

  • Employers’ and public liability
  • Public sector
  • Serious and catastrophic injury
  • Motor
  • Fraud
  • Legacy disease
  • Costs

Watch>

Motor Webinar Wednesdays - 11 May 2022

Following suggestions from our previous session, we covered the subject of claims inflation. We drew on experts from our volume motor space, high value motor claims, costs and the Celtic jurisdictions, who considered various aspects of claims inflation and suggested areas of potential mitigation.

Watch>

Women in business

Using your journey to #breakthebias webinar recording - 8 March 2022

In celebration of International Women's Day, Kennedys’ Asia Pacific offices co-hosted a virtual panel discussion with senior and inspiring leaders from Kennedys and leading insurers in the region. Our panellists shared their personal journeys and how they navigated conscious and unconscious bias at different stages of their careers. As part of the conversation, our panellists offered their advice and recommend strategies for the next generation so that together we can all #BreaktheBias at work and in our wider communities. Our panel was moderated by women’s advocate and coach, Louise Corbett of Exceptional Existence.

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Level up: Intentionality in seeing beyond bias - 8 March 2022

As part of our global women in business series, and to celebrate International Women's Day, we are delighted to have hosted a webinar with guest speaker Darleen Santore, known to many as "Coach Dar".

As a mental and conditioning coach, Coach Dar blends a knowledge of science, psychology and achievement with her personal passion for life in order to help individuals, corporate executives and professional athletes & teams aim higher and achieve more. She is a trailblazer for Phoenix women and was awarded the Most Inspiring Woman from WNBA.

In this talk, Coach Dar taught us how to lean into listening more, lead intentionally and level up with a shift in perspective about bias.

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Why including women is the missing key to innovation - 9 March 2022

As part of our global women in business series, and to celebrate International Women's day, we are delighted to have hosted a hybrid seminar with guest speaker Katrine Marçal.

In this talk, Katrine guided us through fascinating examples of how innovators have failed to take women's experiences into account, analysing what they can tell us about gender and innovation today. She examined current realms where our ideas about gender are holding innovation back in similar ways making the argument that the future will be shaped by companies that dare to think differently about gender.

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