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  • Mediation for clinical negligence claims – an ATE underwriter’s perspective

    In reading the legal press over the last year or so, mediation for clinical negligence claims has featured regularly and there seems to be a momentum from both sides – perhaps more so from NHS Resolution – to promote it as part of the mainstream menu offered by litigators. Below is an in-depth look at these developments, viewpoints and some preconceptions on what is undoubtedly a topical subject.

    Monday, 8 October 2018
  • Recoverability: As relevant now as it’s always been

    Part of our response to the Ministry of Justice review of part 2 of LASPO focuses on the need to preserve the partial recovery of after-the-event insurance premiums for clinical negligence claims. It seeks to counter the view from certain quarters that perceives this insurance as somehow being less relevant now. As claimant lawyers and their clients well know, the reality is that it definitely is not the case.

    Monday, 1 October 2018
  • Temple Funding announces reduction in interest rate from 15% to 10% per annum for Commercial Clients’ Disbursement Funding

    Temple Funding is delighted to announce that the annual rate of interest charged for Disbursement Funding will be reduced from 15% to 10% per annum on 1st July 2018.

    Friday, 29 June 2018
  • Football’s financial fouls

    As you settle down to watch the action on the field during the World Cup, bear in mind that you will be watching players who, together, are valued at billions of pounds. And whose professional careers are matters of hugely valuable commercial interest to the intermediaries supposed to look after them. Brown bags of money might not change hands at motorway service stations anymore, but transfer disputes involving agents are often the subject of litigation in the courts or, more frequently, in arbitrations. We know because we often insure them.

    Monday, 18 June 2018
  • Three’s a crowd – who pays?

    In September 2014 a UKIP MEP, Jane Collins, gave a speech at UKIP’s annual conference slandering three Labour MPs. The following month, a letter of claim on their behalf was sent to Ms Collins. It contained an offer of settlement under which Ms Collins would pay each £10,000 in damages, which they would then pay to charity. UKIP’s National Executive Committee discussed the letter of claim that month and referred Ms Collins to solicitors, RMPI, with whom UKIP had close ties. No settlement having been agreed, in November 2014 the three MPs issued claims against Ms Collins. Temple Legal Protection insured the MPs’ claims.

    Wednesday, 16 May 2018
  • Temple Legal Protection appoints new Business Development Manager Richard Steel

    Temple Legal Protection is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Steel as Business Development Manager. With 30 years of corporate business development experience, Richard brings a wealth of expertise and the highest levels of client service to the team.

    Tuesday, 24 April 2018
  • Temple Legal Protection secures new insurance backing from RSA

    Temple Legal Protection is delighted to announce it has signed a new five year contract for underwriting provision with RSA, one of the largest and strongest insurers in the UK. The arrangement sees Temple Legal Protection provide its customers with a comprehensive range of legal expenses insurance products with limits of up to £2.5m, backed by RSA.

    Thursday, 12 April 2018
  • The misleading claims behind the campaign to lower the discount rate

    A coalition of organisations which represent the NHS and health professionals has made strong claims in a letter to justice secretary David Gauke that the legal costs of clinical negligence claims are crippling the NHS. Similar comments were made by the National Audit Office (NAO) in September last year and yet the case doesn’t hold water. The letter was signed by the NHS Confederation, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, British Medical Association, Family Doctors Association, Medical Protection Society, Medical Defence Union and the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland.

    Friday, 9 February 2018
  • A year of opportunity

    As we move forward into 2018, litigation costs are expected to be in the spotlight and we hope to get further clarity over how the LASPO changes are applied in practice with regard to proportionality. Last year saw a similar message delivered by all sides of the legal sector during the Legal Futures Innovation Conference: the marketplace is evolving with greater rapidity, technology is becoming increasingly relevant, and ambitious new firms are looking to offer added value in order to secure long-term client relationships.

    Tuesday, 16 January 2018
  • Positive change can mitigate the risk of vexatious claims

    Four years ago, the government introduced fees of up to £1,200 for employment tribunal claimants under the premise of reducing the number of malicious and unmeritorious claims. Until the Supreme Court struck them down earlier this year, there was much debate about them. In one corner, the objectors voiced their concern under the ‘access to justice’ banner; in the other corner, the supporters cited the cost to the taxpayer enfeebling the UK, post-recession. Fast-forward four years and the results are now in: the tribunal system has seen a 70% fall in claims but little or no change in the division of outcomes.

    Thursday, 21 December 2017