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Recent whiplash decision shows how the Courts regulate personal injury compensation

The insurance industry continues to blame compensation claims for hikes in car insurance premiums. Recently a number of factors have caused premiums to rise, not least the fact that competition in the insurance industry for the past number of years kept prices at unsustainably low levels. Nevertheless, the industry repeatedly points to fraudulent claims and […]

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Road traffic drink driving

Misleading drink driving statistics don’t improve road safety

Figures released by the Minister for Justice on drink driving convictions early this year were wildly misinterpreted last month. Headline reports of low conviction rates spread widely even though they were obviously incorrect, while clarifications issued since have received far less coverage. This is dangerous: incorrect reporting of the statistics has led to a public […]

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Drink driving prosecutions after the High Court ruling on language of test results

[Update 13/5/16: This decision has been overturned by the Court of Appeal. Read more here.] A High Court decision delivered on Monday has thrown some drink driving prosecutions into doubt. The Government changed the law on Tuesday in an attempt to solve the problem, but what is the status of existing drink driving prosecutions? The […]

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Car Insurance

High Court rules MIBI must cover Setanta claims

Setanta Insurance went into liquidation in April 2014. Many claimants on Setanta policies, most of whom were not customers of Setanta but suffered injuries caused by vehicles insured by Setanta, have been in somewhat of a limbo since then, but a High Court judgment today helps clarify what can be recovered and from who. It […]

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Get your NCT on time or face harsh penalties

With the delays in obtaining NCT test appointments in recent years drivers often failed to get a test certificate before the deadline for doing so. The consequences can be severe. Many drivers are unaware of the relatively serious penalties for driving a car without an NCT certificate. Things improved in late 2014 when the fixed […]

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Are you getting the points?

You might have seen news reports last week of people “avoiding” penalty points on their driving licences by not producing their driving licence in court. This is indeed a “loophole” in the law but, to be fair to most people concerned, they are unlikely to have known they were exploiting it. All District Court summons […]

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Court guidance on claims by cohabiting partners

When the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 was introduced, most of the focus was on the first element of the Act: civil partnerships. With the passing of the marriage referendum it appears that the Government will in fact revoke legal provision for civil partnerships. However, a significant part of […]

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Changes to child and family law not yet activated

Much of the debate about the marriage referendum has been focussed on family law issues but the referendum itself will not affect these. Significant changes have already been introduced, not by any laws connected to the referendum, but by the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015. The Act makes changes to the law on adoption […]

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