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29 January, 2020

Small Claims Limit Increase – A prejudice for vulnerable road users?

Small Claims Limit Increase – A prejudice for vulnerable road users (Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 42 seconds) By Matthew Best, Senior Underwriting Manager Seeking to reduce the number of fraudulent personal injury claims is understandable, but is this fair on genuine victims of negligence? I take a look at the latest position in relation […]

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22 July, 2019

Reasonableness and Proportionality ruling ends

The Court of Appeal in West v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and Demouilpied v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust yesterday handed down a defining judgement on the application of the new reasonableness and proportionality rules. This follows the 2015 decision in Nokes –v- Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust [2015] EWHC B6 (Costs) where Master Leonard […]

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19 July, 2019

Switching a Clinical Negligence case from legal aid to CFA/ATE insurance

Matthew Best Underwriting Manager for our Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Team gives his view on the judgment in EPX v Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust [2019]. In short this is an unhelpful decision. It is another win for the paying party – as the claimant lost the appeal against the Master’s initial ruling. […]

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9 July, 2019

Having Trouble Recovering an ATE Premium in Cases Involving Minors?

Matthew Best, Underwriting Manager for our Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence team looks at why the latest ruling in Barker v Confiance and others [2019] EWHC 1401 (Ch) could help argue that there should be no issues. A High Court judge has said there is no general rule preventing costs being awarded against children. In […]

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2 July, 2019

APIL Advanced brain/spinal injury conference

By Matthew Best, Underwriting Manager Our Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Team have been involved in a number of leading claims of this type working with leading serious injury litigators. I attended this event and found the conference to be very useful, both in terms of content and relationship building and let’s not forget the […]

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19 June, 2019

Is disbursement funding interest recoverable

By Matthew Best, Underwriting Manager In this article Matthew takes a look at the latest position in relation to this hot topic. The current defendant stance is that interest incurred on loans taken out to pay for disbursements should not be recoverable inter-partes. What case law is currently out there? The Court of Appeal in […]

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