Motor accidents abroad: “compensation on a consistent basis, by reference to the law of the state of the accident” – Lord Mance

In its judgment today in Moreno v The Motor Insurers’ Bureau, it could be argued that the Supreme Court used its decision in a case about interpreting a regulation specific to the MIB to make a wider point. That point is that English law (and Scottish & Northern Irish laws) should approach the arrangements in the European Motor Insurance Directives for compensating victims so as to provide compensation on a consistent basis regardless of how any particular claim might be pursued.

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A sequel to Setanta?

The Court of Appeal in Ireland last week heard the Irish MIB’s appeal against the High Court’s decision last September that MIBI members – those motor insurers authorised to write in Ireland – are liable to meet claims, in Ireland, made against Setanta, the collapsed motor insurer. Mr Justice Ryan, President of the Court of Appeal, reserved its judgment to an unspecified date, which he said would be “as soon as possible”. Continue reading

Periodical payments legislation

Queen Elizabeth II was not the only prominent woman announcing significant legislation on Wednesday 27th May. That same day, Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD published a Draft Bill that seeks to introduce a regime of periodical payments for catastrophic injury claims in Ireland.

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