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Could driverless cars pose challenges for investigators as well as insurers?

The news of the trialling of the first ‘driverless’ taxi service in Singapore in August brought back under the public gaze the growing use of autonomous technology in vehicles and the prospect in the near future of fully autonomous cars.

The advent of such vehicles poses issues for the legal profession, the insurance industry in particular and also – for nothing is perfect – accident investigators.

The main issue for the insurance industry is that of liability. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has asserted that in cases where the vehicle is fully autonomous and there is no opportunity for the driver/passenger to intervene, then liability will rest with the manufacturer. Indeed, the motor industry itself, in a report for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders by KPMG published last year, accepted that ‘…liability will shift from drivers to manufacturers’.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:35

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First National Expert Witness Survey 2016 in association with The Times

Bond Solon and The Times would like to personally invite you to participate in the first joint National Expert Witness 2016 survey. This survey is conducted by Bond Solon, the UK’s largest expert witness training company, in association with The Times newspaper.

Use the following link to participate in the survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M3KQS7Q

The survey will be open until 28 October 2016. It is anonymous and includes up to 18 questions, which should only take a few minutes to complete.

The results will produce an interesting report highlighting some of the issues affecting expert witnesses. This report will be sent to experts who complete the survey before it is sent to anyone else.

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No need for Brexit panic over IP laws, says Freeths

Business leaders dealing with the Brexit fallout have been told not to panic over the possible impact on intellectual property, trade marks and copyright laws.

Leading national law firm Freeths is advising clients that nothing will change immediately.

Freeths partner Simon Barker, head of intellectual property based at the firm’s Birmingham office (pictured), said: “While the formal process of leaving the EU will take at least two years, we appreciate that there will be an appetite for early information about how businesses are going to be affected.

“We are providing clients with the best information that we can offer at this stage about how the UK’s departure from the EU may impact the intellectual property rights of businesses.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:36

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Latest PI measures condemned by lawyers’ leader

Government plans to plough ahead with reforms to personal injury claims have been branded ‘baseless’ and ‘frustrating’ by the new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Greater Manchester solicitor Neil Sugarman said: “The government’s apparent determination to make life harder for people with personal injury claims is both disappointing and deeply frustrating.”

He was reacting to remarks from justice minister Lord Faulks at the association’s annual conference in Birmingham.

He continued: “The government continues to give the impression that injuries which don’t attract a great deal of compensation, such as whiplash injuries, are somehow ‘trivial’ or ‘unnecessary’ and that people suffering with those injuries should not be allowed damages for their pain and suffering at all. But anyone who has had such an injury knows just how painful and debilitating it can be.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 June 2016 09:35

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Accuracy strengthens its international project advisory and disputes team with a senior hire and team leader in London

London, May 3, 2016 – International financial advisory firm Accuracy is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Appelbe as Partner in the Project Advisory and Disputes (PAD) team in the London office of the firm. Stuart joins from PwC where he worked as UK Head of Construction Disputes.

As a leading project advisor in the construction sector, Stuart specialises primarily on transport infrastructure, including road, rail, ports and airports, building, power as well as oil and gas downstream facilities. He advises industrial groups, law firms, owners, investors, debt providers, insurers and other third parties on transactions, disputes and any kind of decision making related to capital projects. At Accuracy, he will lead an international team on expert witness testifying appointments and advisory engagements on time, cost and management issues related to projects.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:37

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