Personal Injury Update Newsletter – Winter 2012

Welcome to our winter 2012 edition.

This time, the format is slightly different in that we have two guest contributors, to whom we are most grateful. As usual, your feedback is welcome.

First, clinical negligence and personal injury specialist, Nigel Poole QC of Kings Chambers, Manchester, discusses how an apparently little used rule might assist terminally ill claimants and their dependants, by way of periodical payments continuing after the claimant’s death.

Readers will know that we have written extensively on the ongoing saga of the discount rate in past editions, and we recently contributed to the Ministry of  Justice Consultation on the subject. We feature a condensed version of our response to the consultation process. Unsurprisingly, the slant is toward the reality of investment returns, which makes an enlightening comparison with the
theoretical approach.

Our second guest writer is Natalie Rogers, managing director of Scala UK Ltd – providers of business development support and marketing services to the legal profession. Natalie provides a concise view entitled, “Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum” Jack-son & the Referral Talk which, of course, will be of interest to many. Nestor’s in-house benefits expert, Jamie Popplewell, provides an update on welfare benefit reform by drawing together all of the relevant topics into a helpful and easily digested summary in “Welfare Reform – Riding the Financial Storm”. This is an essential read for those with clients on low incomes who may be affected by the changes.

The 7IM Personal Injury Fund continues to go from strength to strength. Our usual update is supplemented by a brief video of Alex Scott, the Fund Manager explaining the methodology and ethos behind the fund.

Finally, we would like to take the opportunity to wish our readers all the very best for the forthcoming festive period and a Happy and profitable New Year.

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