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  • Droning on about insurance

    Droning on about insurance

    January 17, 2017

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (or “drones” as they are more commonly known) are by no means a recent phenomenon, with the first pilotless vehicles built during the First World War.  They have though really taken off (!) in recent years, with personal drones once again proving a popular Christmas present in 2016.  Commercial use of drones … Read More

  • Fixed costs and Part 36

    Fixed costs and Part 36

    January 16, 2017

    Following the Court of Appeal decision in Broadhurst v Tan, 2016 saw a growing number of applications being made by claimants for orders for indemnity costs where a defendant accepts a Part 36 Offer out of time, even where fixed costs apply. What does Part 36 say? Under CPR 36.13(4)(b),where a Part 36 offer which … Read More

  • QOCS: why dishonesty doesn’t pay!

    QOCS: why dishonesty doesn’t pay!

    January 3, 2017

    The concept of fundamental dishonesty was introduced in the changes to the civil procedure rules as an exception to Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting (QOCS) in personal injury claims. Under the new rules a claimant will lose the benefit of QOCS (the protection against being ordered to pay the defendant’s costs where his claim is unsuccessful) … Read More

  • The FOS – A fair process for professional indemnity insurers?

    The FOS – A fair process for professional indemnity insurers?

    December 21, 2016

    The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) was established in 2000, and given statutory powers in 2001 by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, to help settle disputes between consumers and UK-based businesses providing financial services. Its aim is to “resolve individual disputes between consumers and businesses – fairly, reasonably, quickly and informally”. Considering many of … Read More

  • The Opportunity of a Lifetime?

    The Opportunity of a Lifetime?

    December 7, 2016

    In his last budget before the Brexit vote, George Osborne announced the creation of the Lifetime ISA, or “Lisa” for short. Intended to be a tax-efficient method of saving, Lisa is aimed squarely at those Generation Y-ers who haven’t engaged with the more traditional pension options available to them. But could the birth of Lisa … Read More