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NHSLA ordered to pay indemnity costs for surveillance video “ambush”

The NHS Litigation Authority has been ordered by the High Court to pay indemnity costs after sending a last-minute surveillance video to the claimant’s lawyers which resulted in a trial being vacated. Mr Justice Foskett said he understood why the claimant’s lawyers believed they were victims of a “deliberate ambush”.

May 16th, 2016 | No Comments »

Judge rejects NHSLA challenge to medical negligence ATE premium

A circuit judge has rejected a challenge by the NHS Litigation Authority to a medical negligence ATE insurance premium described by the claimant as a “perfectly normal block policy”. There was “no requirement” that the policy must state the amount of the premium that relates to the relevant risk.

February 29th, 2016 | No Comments »

Brooke: government lawyers must take part in mediation even if it means “losing business”

Sir Henry Brooke, former Vice-President of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division, has called on government lawyers to “involve themselves in mediations even if they perceive that they may be losing business for themselves”.

January 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

NHSLA hit again with indemnity costs for refusing to mediate

The NHS Litigation Authority has once more been ordered to pay indemnity costs on assessment proceedings after rejecting an offer to mediate. Master Simons said “there should be a sanction” for unreasonably failing to mediate.

January 8th, 2016 | No Comments »

Over 40% of medical negligence cases take two or more years to settle, research reveals

It takes two years or more for 42% of medical negligence cases to settle or for damages to be awarded by the courts, research by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has revealed. The figures were obtained from the Compensation Recovery Unit, through a freedom of information request.

September 4th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

NHSLA annual report “tainted by politics”, says PIBA chair

The NHS Litigation Authority’s annual report has ceased to function as a “neutral document” presenting the figures and has instead become “tainted with politics”, a leading personal injury QC has argued.

August 25th, 2015 | No Comments »

Broker in talks with 17 trusts in bid to break NHSLA monopoly

Global insurance broker Lockton has held talks with 17 NHS Trusts interested in insuring themselves privately and leaving the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), it has emerged. The NHSLA responded by warning that this could result in funds being diverted to “insurer profits”.

July 21st, 2015 | No Comments »

Health minister announces plan to cap medical negligence fees

Health minister Ben Gummer has announced plans to cap the fees charged by lawyers on medical negligence claims worth less than £100,000, saving the NHS up to £80m a year. He accused some lawyers of “unscrupulously” loading “grossly excessive costs” onto the NHS.

June 30th, 2015 | No Comments »

NHS Litigation Authority launches mediation pilot

The NHS Litigation Authority has teamed up with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) to launch a pilot mediation service for claims against the health service.

August 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Firms hit back after NHSLA-backed newspaper claims

Law firms named in a Sunday Telegraph ‘ambulance chaser’ exposé based on costs data supplied by the NHS Litigation Authority have hit back, arguing that if there was less negligence, there would be fewer claims, and that the behaviour of the authority itself is in part responsible.

February 4th, 2014 | No Comments »