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A final decision announced on 12 July means that businesses potentially won’t have long to wait before legal restrictions designed to protect against the spread of Covid are lifted. But assuming that the measures may no longer be legal requirements, with some perhaps downgraded to mere guidance and some completely abandoned on 19 July, what (if any) precautions should businesses keep in place, even if they are not expressly required to do so?
The contentious issue of accidents on Smart Motorways continues to rumble on. In January, Natalie Dawes updated clients with the latest information after comments from Coroner, David Urpeth, brought the argument of the safety of Smart Motorways back to the media. Since then, a number of further reports and comments have been published over the last few months, which Craig Withington summarises before looking at the implications for claims arising from such accidents.
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.
Solicitor Kayla Rees addresses how understanding taxation (and which calculations to use) can have an impact on calculating loss of earnings for an injury claim.
The Lord Chancellor has announced the intention of the Government to carry out a review of the 2005 Constitutional Reform Act, an act that removed the Lord Chancellor’s role as head of the judiciary and led, to some, a politicisation of the role. Why should we be monitoring this review?
On Tuesday 1 June 2021, Pope Francis announced the most extensive revisions to the Code of Canon Law since 1983. Canon law, often referred to as Vatican law, is the legal framework for the Catholic Church. The revisions, which have been in the works since 2009, will come into force on 8 December 2021.