Keoghs Insight

We keep you up-to-date on emerging market issues and their impact on the insurance sector,
through a variety of publications, events and our leading market initiatives.

Blogs 06/09/2021

What impact could the recent guidance given to coroners have on future inquests?

The Supreme Court’s decision in R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] (Maughan) lowered the standard of proof for a conclusion of unlawful killing from the criminal standard of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ to the civil standard of the ‘balance of probabilities’. In this article Gemma Rush considers how guidance given to coroners as a result may impact future inquests.

Blogs 15/07/2021

Covid-19 safety measures: To keep or not to keep...that is the question

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? 

Work Stress

Blogs 14/05/2021

HSE focus on stress at work

Mental Health Awareness Week is a reminder of the need to support those suffering from mental health problems.  One in four people in the UK will do so at some point. The most recent HSE statistics show that 828,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression and anxiety in 2019/20 which accounted for 51% of all work-related illness – up from 44% the previous year.  With the issues caused by Covid-19 and working at home, many expect the trend to continue to rise.  

Client Alerts 11/05/2020

Group finances and inter-linked companies: Who is the Weakest Link?

It’s been four years now since the Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety (and some food law offences) was introduced. Although most people in the industry know that fines are now based on categories of company size and turnover, we are still getting queries about how the courts would treat complicated corporate structures where the resources and financial procedures may in some ways be inter-linked.

Blogs 06/04/2020

Coronavirus – UK Health & Safety Obligations

The new coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As the virus continues to spread extensively, it’s placing huge strain on all members of society, from individuals to large organisations. The context of a global pandemic is also relevant as this may place significant restrictions on materials, equipment and personnel available to implement control measures.

Blogs 16/09/2019

To report or not to report

Our Crime and Regulatory team recently dealt with a case where a retailer was investigated and interviewed for safety offences after an in-store incident when an elderly customer fell on the shop floor.