Head of Market Affairs
Natalie is a Solicitor by trade, having worked previously on a range of civil justice and criminal matters for DAC Beachcroft and Kennedys Solicitors, including representing a major British retailer, care homes and hospices and dealing with a variety of motor claims on behalf of insurer clients.
Most recently Natalie was a Senior Policy Adviser for the ABI’s General Insurance policy directorate, where she had been for 5.5 years, and was responsible for managing and developing the ABI’s policy positions on a range of civil justice issues including: whiplash reform, the discount rate, MedCo development, Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Scottish and Northern Ireland civil reform.
Latest Insights by Natalie Larnder
Client Alerts 27/08/2021
Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has been developing a programme of reform to modernise the court service since 2016. This programme includes the provision of digital services to improve efficiency. The Damages Claims Portal (DCP) started its life back in 2017 as a limited pilot for the issuing of claims online, and has been developed since then to cover more of the claims process, with the longer term intention of this becoming a complete end to end service for damages claims. Natalie Larnder summarises the pilot scheme and how it may help with the court backlog.
It was not so long ago that the UK Government was declaring that “We are leading the world in preparing for autonomous vehicles”, but does that declaration still hold up to scrutiny?
Client Alerts 02/08/2021
Covid-19 has a lot to answer for – including additional pressure on a court backlog that could see you wait years to resolve a claim. The backlog came under recent scrutiny when the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, suggested reducing the size of juries to help reduce the Crown Court backlog which has been exacerbated by Covid, and saw an increasing backlog of cases (from 39,000 pre-pandemic) reach a staggering 56,000 cases at March this year.
Client Alerts 30/07/2021
Following on from last week’s alert about the potential role for the Online Safety Bill in tackling the thorny issue of search engine ad spoofing, it was announced yesterday (Thursday 29 July) that the Chair of the Joint Committee which will scrutinise the Bill will be Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe. One of Damian’s previous roles was as Chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee, which led an Inquiry on Disinformation, or ‘fake news’, and the spread of inaccurate information on social media, which reported in 2019. Damian is therefore no stranger to getting major tech companies to accept responsibility for content on their platforms.
Client Alerts 23/07/2021
Tackling the problem of search engine ad spoofing is difficult, complicated and long-winded. Head of Market Affairs, Natalie Larnder, questions whether or not the Online Safety Bill could provide a solution.
The VNUK ruling and the decision in Motor Insurers’ Bureau v Lewis  EWCA Civ 909 which followed it, created a previously unfunded pool of cases which insurers have to meet indirectly via the MIB levy – causing a knock-on financial impact to premium-paying consumers. This financial impact was previously estimated by Government to be around £50 per motor insurance policy - should the impact of VNUK be fully implemented to UK law.