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July 2020

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


Social Services Update


New Edition of the Ogden Tables is Published

It's a knockout

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 inflatables. The claimant had attended the centre with work colleagues and was injured when she fell whilst undertaking an activity on one of those inflatables. She claimed to have suffered severe spinal injuries.


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

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.

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“Harm, abuse or neglect” – the costs position of injuries caused by assault: A guide to saving money

Resisting the suggestion from some Claimant firms that Fast Track EL claims arising from assault by children or vulnerable adults in local authority care fall out of the portal.  
With kind permission from the author, Ian Clarke, Barrister of 1 Chancery Lane Chambers we wanted to highlight this helpful article.

New Edition of the Ogden Tables is Published

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 edition.

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Social Services Update



Root and Branch Articles

Responding To A Data Breach - All Hands On Deck

20th August |  11am - 12.30pm  |  £70pp plus VAT

Organisations across the public sector are having to do more and differently to respond to the challenges of Covid-19 and resources are stretched. How should you manage the situation if something goes wrong that has regulatory, liability and employment consequences? Something like a data breach affecting service users and staff needs a swift and co-ordinated response across the board and the right responses to the data protection, employment and regulatory consequences. The specialists in Governance, Information and Public Sector Employment Law from Forbes work together to support clients to do just that. Join us for this event to get an insight into how you can improve your readiness to respond.


Slipshod Housing Association is holding its tenant engagement panel virtually using a popular video conferencing platform. During the course of the meeting, a senior member of staff carelessly shares information about tenants and breaks some sensitive news about a colleague to all the staff, tenants and stakeholders attending.

What we will cover from an Information, Governance and Employment law perspective:
• Analysing and assessing the breach
• Conducting your investigations - one size won't fit all
• Immediate steps to take to mitigate the damage(s)
• Who do you have to tell?
• How to take a co-ordinated approach
• Dealing with the fallout - naming, shaming and claiming
• Learning lessons from breaches

The workshop is aimed at operational and governance staff and managers who want to keep up to date with data protection law and developments in the housing and wider public sector with a focus on your decision-making and dealing with any fallout in the event of a data breach.

The session is £70pp plus VAT. If you have a SLA/retainer with Forbes which includes free training please email to check what eligibility you have.

To book your place please click here and complete the online registration. If you book 2 places receive a third place for free. Simply add 3 tickets to your basket then enter the following discount code: 3for2Aug20

The session will be hosted via zoom where you will be able to see the panellists from Forbes (your own camera and microphone won't be turned on). You will be able to ask questions during the webinar via the Q&A feature on zoom, or alternatively send any questions through in advance when registering.

Please see the links below to our recent recordings:

Social Services Q&A Session:

Highways Q&A Session:

Tour de Forbes is back!

On the 11 September staff will be cycling 100 miles from Leeds to Accrington, stopping at all our offices to raise vital funds for Forbes Foundation.

The Forbes Foundation provides financial support to children, and their families, who are in need, by reason of ill health, disability, and/or financial hardship within England and Wales, but predominantly the North of England, by providing facilities, equipment and monetary grants.

Any donations are greatly appreciated

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