The law on multipliers in fatal accident cases looks very likely to be reviewed by the Supreme Court, which has just agreed to hear Knauer, in which the claim for loss of dependency arose as a result of a fatal mesothelioma.
The Delaney case in the Court of Appeal quite possibly further complicates the relationship of the UK’s motor insurance law and practice with the EU motor insurance directives. The ECJ’s decision last September in Vnuk v Zararovalnica is expected to lead to a review of the how the compulsory insurance obligation in the directives is effected in the UK. Implementing Vnuk is expected to yield lead to some form of Government consultation later this year. How the insurance market responds to that is a serious and complex question, regardless of the flippant comment from one Conservative MP that the ECJ’s decision was “bonkers”.
About the Author
Alistair Kinley is BLM’s Director of Policy & Government Affairs.
Alistair is responsible for BLM’s engagement with government departments and regulators on policy and public affairs issues and consultations affecting the firm and its customers. He coordinated BLM’s market-facing activities in connection with the Insurance Act 2015 and the consultations which preceded its publication and introduction in Parliament.
He is a member of the Civil Justice Council (CJC), a regular speaker and experienced commentator on legal and procedural reforms and was a contributing editor to the Law Society’s Litigation Funding Handbook (September 2014).