Elizabeth Robinson, a Yorkshire woman now in her eighties, has absolutely nothing in common with the ‘Black Cab rapist’ John Worboys – other than the fact that both of them are at the heart of two important Supreme Court decisions this month concerning the legal liability of police forces for harm to members of the public. Both decisions look to have extended forces’ liability, albeit in quite different areas.
After increasing media interest in, and tour operator concern about rising numbers of holiday sickness claims, the Ministry of Justice has now asked for rules to limit the legal costs in such cases to be looked at as a priority. These cases are outside current rules on fixed legal costs for injury and disease cases under £25,000 and – as was the case with noise-induced hearing loss claims a few years ago – it would appear reasonably likely that the spike in these cases is fairly closely related to the fact that costs aren’t restricted.
With no coach, no robes, no Duke of Edinburgh – and no majority Government – this was a very different Queen’s Speech. Although Brexit and national security were among its critical themes in a Parliamentary session that has been extended to last for two years rather than one, three Bills directly relevant to the general insurance sector were announced.