DAS finally forced to face up to fair legal expenses insurance

European Community Directive 87/344/EC on legal expenses insurance gives policyholders the right to a free choice of representative in legal proceedings. Notwithstanding this, private individuals of modest means who look to legal expenses insurance to fund litigation (and many household policies include some form of cover) find that they are offered in house representation or…

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what is normal?

Guarantee payments are fairly rarely encountered in practice, but in times of economic hardship they are likely to be encountered more frequently. Abercrombie & Others v AGA Rangemaster Ltd is, according to the Court itself, probably the first case of its kind to reach the Court of Appeal. Guarantee payments are payments that an employer…

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we are above the law – or are we?

Under the State Immunity Act 1978 (“the SIA”), sovereign states are not generally subject to the jurisdiction of UK courts and tribunals. The point is well demonstrated by the extraordinary extent to which the London Congestion Charge is ignored by diplomats. Disputes relating to contracts of employment, and related statutory rights, are carved out from…

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