Impact of the Mediation Act 2017 on litigation

21st February 2018

The Mediation Act 2017 (the “Act”) came into force on 1 January 2018 and for “practising solicitors”, carries a legal obligation to provide advice on the use of mediation to their clients before issuing civil litigation proceedings. Mediation is a voluntary, collaborative form of alternative dispute resolution and when successful, is more cost and time […]

Summary of the Report on the Cost of Employer and Public Liability Insurance

5th February 2018

The Cost of Insurance Working Group was established in July 2016 arising from the volatility in pricing of premia in the non-life insurance sector. The first report on the Cost of Motor Insurance was published in January 2017. The Report on the Cost of Employer and Public Liability Insurance was recently published in January 2018. […]

Irish PI compensation changes a ‘major step forward for the market’

8th March 2017

Ryan Hewlett  Guideline changes to personal injury lawsuit compensation in the Republic of Ireland is a major step forward for the market, one of the country’s top lawyers has said. Speaking at a Lloyd’s market briefing, Jack O’Brien, partner at O’Brien Lynam, said changes made to the Book of Quantum deliver “a degree of certainty” […]

Bringing consistency to personal injury awards

1st November 2016

The effects of the new Irish payments scales and guidelines for the award of personal injury claims are already being felt in the market August saw the publication of the revised book of quantum for Ireland, which provides guidelines on the award of personal injury claims. Without doubt it is a major step forward for […]

Insurers criticised for not pursuing fraudsters

17th June 2016

Former High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns has criticised the State’s loss-making insurers for not seeking the prosecution of people found to have made fraudulent injury claims. Speaking yesterday at a conference on Ireland’s soaring personal injury costs and insurance premiums, Mr Justice Kearns said: A particular bugbear of mine is the lack of […]

Legislation described as “shameful” as €8m settlement approved

12th May 2016

The President of the High Court has described as “shameful” the fact that legislation to allow for staged payments in cases of catastrophic injury has still not been enacted. Mr Justice Peter Kelly made his remarks after approving a settlement of €8m in the case of 13-year-old boy Jamie Patterson who sued the Coombe Hospital […]

Men withdraw €300,000 injury claims over “set up” crash

9th May 2016

Five Dublin friends have withdrawn personal injury claims relating to a rear-ending incident that a judge described as a clear set-up. At full value the group could have pocketed damages of €300,000 against the Motor Insurer’s Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) together with legal costs of €100,000. A sixth €60,000 damages claim had been withdrawn before […]