Insurance

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Judges and lawyers will be asked to explain the high costs of compensation claims as TDs attempt to find out the reasons for costly insurance premiums faced by consumers, the Irish Examiner reports. Insurance companies told the Oireachtas Finance Committee that fraudulent claims comprised some

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Rossa McMahon, solicitor at PG McMahon Solicitors, responds to recent comments about personal injury claims and the impact on insurance costs. Pat McDonagh has made, as ever, some interesting points about personal injury cases. He is absolutely right that insurance premiums have risen in recent year

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Legislation to toughen penalties for making fraudulent claims in the Irish courts will skip pre-legislative scrutiny and go straight to committee stage. The Oireachtas business committee has agreed to allow the Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2019, which was brought forward by Fianna F&a

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More insurance fraudsters need to be prosecuted to deter others from pursuing exaggerated and fraudulent claims, a partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn has said. Over 200 insurance professionals attended the firm's annual insurance conference in Dublin, which heard from keynote speakers including Detective

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Personal injury awards in the Irish courts are driving a "compo culture" in Ireland, the Government minister with special responsibility for insurance has said. Minister of state Michael D'Arcy said awards in the District Court and Circuit Court were too high and that "recalibration" would not be po

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A dedicated anti-fraud unit in An Garda Síochána is not necessary to tackle insurance fraud, according to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. The establishment of a dedicated unit funded by the insurance industry was explored as a proposal by the Cost of Insurance Working Group (CIWG), whi

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Global law firm Clyde & Co has announced the launch of a Dublin office out of concern about the impact of Brexit on its Irish law insurance practice. Insurance and reinsurance partner Garrett Moore, who is qualified in Ireland and in England and Wales, has been appointed to lead the firm's first

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A number of solicitor offices were raided by gardaí this week as part of an investigation into potentially fraudulent insurance claims. The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) believes that a number of targets in the operation have submitted multiple claims, in many cases while using

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Ann Kelleher, qualified solicitor and CEO of Ark Life, has been elected president of Insurance Ireland for 2019/20. Ms Kelleher, a graduate of UCD School of Law, has chaired the Insurance Ireland Life Council since 2017, which has led the industry's engagement on pensions policy including auto-enrol

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The Government should not blame the legal profession for hindering efforts to reduce insurance premiums in Ireland, retired judge Nicholas Kearns has said. The former High Court president, who chaired the Personal Injuries Commission, told RTÉ's Marian Finucane Show: "The question is now, ins

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Roisin Harper, associate at McKinty and Wright Solicitors, current NI regional representative for the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) and past NI representative to Tomorrow’s FOIL, writes on the latest update to personal injury damages guidelines. As of 25th February 2019, the 5th Edition of

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Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said Ireland's "very profitable" insurance industry needs to do more to reduce the costs of premiums. Speaking in the context of a Seanad debate on personal injury payouts, he said the level of awards "needs to be addressed and, indeed, a number of initiatives a

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Insurance risk and commercial law specialists BLM has announced plans to recruit 10 more lawyers in Dublin as it anticipates increased demand due to Brexit. The firm currently employs 110 people across its offices in Dublin, Belfast and Derry, and this will grow to 120 by the end of 2019 - partly in

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