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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Safety And Security Of Workers Abroad

Rona Jamieson

The recent tragic events in Algeria have served as a sharp reminder of the risks employees can face in some parts of the world far from an organisation’s home base in the UK.  Where cultural, religious or safety standards are very different from home new and unexpected hazards may exist. The risks posed by terrorism, crime, political instability, natural disasters and disease should be considered and assessed in addition to those arising from planned workplace activities.

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Insurance policy interpretation: Walter Mitchell and Another v Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) Plc

Ewan McIntyre

A judgement has been issued today by the Court of Session in relation to a litigation our insurance litigation team was advising on, looking at the proper interpretation of personal accident insurance policy wording. My team represented the insurers. The case was brought by the executors of the late Walter McCann. Mr McCann was involved in a car accident and admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on 26 June 2006 with a fractured sternum and multiple rib fractures. Sadly, his condition deteriorated, he developed pneumonia and died a week later.

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When Equality = Discrimination

Liam Young

A great advantage of written law is the certainty it provides. However, a great disadvantage is that the literal interpretation of written law can result in practices that would seem absurd to those who drafted it. In the recent case of Walker v Innospec Limited and others the Employment Tribunal (ET) attempted to deal with one such absurdity.

The law

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (which came into force on 5 December 2005) enabled same sex partners to enter into registered civil partnerships.

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