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Restricting exit payments in the public sector

04 Aug 2020

As most public sector organisations will be aware, the Government has been considering a cap on public sector exit payments of £95,000 since 2015. In April 2019, the government launched a further consultation on draft Regulations to introduce the cap and the consultation closed on 3 July 2019. The…

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Video witnessed Wills to be made legal

30 Jul 2020

The government is introducing temporary legislation in September to allow the witnessing of Wills in England and Wales by video conferencing software such as Facetime, Zoom and Skype. Any Will witnessed by video technology will be valid, on the proviso that the quality of the sound and video was…

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The HSE Have Published The Annual Fatality Statistics For 2019/2020

30 Jul 2020

On the 1st July 2020, the HSE released the annual figures for 2019/20 for workplace fatal injuries reportable under RIDDOR and falling within their jurisdiction as enforcement authority. The figures as yet are provisional and will be finalised in July 2021. What are the Key trends shown by the…

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It's a knockout

30 Jul 2020

What duty is owed to a person voluntarily involved in a fun recreational activity, by the organisers of that activity? This was the main question in a case where Forbes recently successfully acted for the operators of a fun activity centre, where participants carried out activities on various large…

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Tree Root Subsidence Claims

30 Jul 2020

During the previous months of lockdown we have understandably noticed a delay in the progression of tree root related subsidence claims. However, as we come out of the lockdown and head towards the autumnal months we would expect to see an increase in claims activity. Historically, the dryer late Spring…

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Seasonal hazard - Injuries caused by falling trees and branches

30 Jul 2020

At this time of year many of us enjoy and use our Council run green spaces, whether they might be city parks, suburban recreational areas or larger green areas further out from the centre of our Towns and Cities. These green spaces come in many different shapes, sizes and location types but ordinarily…

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New Edition of the Ogden Tables is Published

30 Jul 2020

The Government Actuary's Department published the 8th edition of the Ogden Tables on the 17 July 2020. The Ogden Tables, used to calculate future losses in personal injury and fatal accident cases in the UK, have been updated and the explanatory notes have been completely rewritten in this 8th…

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Limits on Article 2 Inquests in Deprivation of Liberty (DoLS) Case

30 Jul 2020

In the case of R (on the application of Maguire) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde [2020] EWCA Civ 738, The Court of Appeal has ruled that the state's investigative obligations under Article 2 ECHR do not arise where someone lacking capacity and deprived of their liberty (who we will…

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