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Professional negligence, D&O and Cyber: looking back on 2018, looking forward to 2019

18 Jan 2019
At the start of a new year, the Womble Bond Dickinson Insurance Team review recent developments in the insurance arena and look forward to what 2019 may bring. In this article, we touch on a wide range of developments and potential future issues in professional negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors, tax construction and pension professionals, insurance brokers and IFAs. We also take a look at claims against Directors and Officers and provide commentary on developments in cyber claims. Our US colleagues provide insight on developments in claims against Directors and Officers in 2018. Finally, we consider the implications of Brexit for insurance companies.
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The New Year brings good news for retail staff, but at a cost to retailers

16 Jan 2019
Amidst the gloom and uncertainty facing retailers following a difficult Christmas trading period, there is one good news story for their workforces. Automatic enrolment into workplace pensions, introduced to help individuals to save towards retirement, has become "business as usual" with the vast majority of staff across the UK now saving for their retirement. Some predicted that the increase in auto-enrolment contribution rates in April 2018 would cause greater numbers of staff to opt out of pension provision but this has not proved to be the case.
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The government's deal was lost: but who won?

16 Jan 2019
In the immediate aftermath of defeat by a margin of 230 votes, Prime Minister Theresa May observed that while it was clear that the House of Commons did not want her Withdrawal Agreement, it was not clear what it did want. As attention shifts to the vote of no confidence in the government, scheduled for the evening of 16 January, the risk of a "no deal" Brexit remains live.
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Violence at work - are you doing enough to safeguard your employees?

15 Jan 2019
Since 2016 there has been a 40% increase in instances of violence against shop workers, with one in six retail staff deciding not to report assaults and abuse from members of the public and others due to a perception that their employer will not take any meaningful measures to provide them with greater protection.
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Age discrimination: does this old dog have some new tricks?

15 Jan 2019
On 20 December 2018, the Government suffered a huge loss when it was found to have discriminated directly against younger members of the judges' and firefighters' pension plans (and indirectly against ethnic minorities and women in these arrangements). The cases of McCloud and Sargeant related to transitional provisions implemented by the Government when it brought in the benefit design changes required by the Public Service Pensions Act 2013.
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WBD advises Brittany Ferries on UK government contract for additional freight capacity for no-deal Brexit

15 Jan 2019
WBD has advised Brittany Ferries, a long-standing client, on a series of contracts with the Department for Transport that secure additional freight capacity as part of the UK government's planning for a no-deal Brexit. WBD Partner, Peter Snaith was the lead adviser for Brittany Ferries with input from procurement, public sector and other relevant specialists from the firm.