Bonded Coach Holidays (BCH) has signed up to support Travel Weekly and ABTA’s campaign to fight back against false illness claims and other travel-related insurance claims.The claims are mainly on European holidays and often refer to alleged incidents of up to two-three years earlier, with the hope that there are no records.At a recent conference, tour operators and their associated hotels were warned to tighten up their record-keeping.They were told that claims are being driven by claims management companies whose ability to get substantial costs in UK personal injury cases has been limited. This has created a loophole in the law which means legal costs are not limited for personal injury claims overseas.The claims are so frequent that certain hotels in Spain and Italy are refusing to take all-inclusive UK holidaymakers. The claims are very likely to drive up the cost of travel insurance and holidays.Over 130 businesses, including major tour operators, have signed up to the campaign, which is lobbying the government.With 95 members, the BCH scheme is run by the Confederation of Passenger Transport.For more information contact John Miller at [email protected]
One morning during the holiday I popped into the office when the building was well and truly closed. The telephone was ringing and I answered it to give a mouthful to the caller about lawyers needing holidays as well, but it was only a person wishing the firm a happy new year. Later I was using the photocopier when a message came up ‘beware low memory’. I hope it was not a comment on me but just a routine technical breakdown. New year is a time for predictions and resolutions. So here are some of the former: There will be yet more people wanting to join the profession.There will be fewer jobs for anyone.The bite-size reputation of the profession will be more firmly established as: rich, overpaid people doing little. The gulf between the successful commercial world and high street will widen.Legal aid will only be for specialists. Clients will gradually learn to expect to pay.That not-for-profit sector and big investors will lose any interest they had in doing high street legal work.Unsolicited claims calls, texts, emails will be banned.The profession will rediscover that it is a profession. If any of those ring true, what are we as a profession doing about it? David Pickup is a partner in Aylesbury-based Pickup & Scott
1 Martin Samuelson in action for West Ham West Ham have sent exciting Norwegian prospect Martin Samuelsen on loan to Blackburn Rovers.The 19-year-old is highly rated by the Hammers but has found first-team chances hard to come by since making his debut in the Europa League at the start of last season.Slaven Bilic has now decided it would be best for the youngster to get some more senior football under his belt with another loan move.Samuelson played 17 times in League One with Peterborough last term and he will now get the chance to play Championship football at Ewood Park.The winger, who arrived at the club from Manchester City in 2015, will stay with Blackburn for the remainder of the season.