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Denise Dowen Head of Environment at Stripes Solicitors spoke at an event in London yesterday attended by senior members of the insurance industry. The seminar ‘ContaminatedLand – Possible Pitfalls for the Insurance Industry’ was jointly presented by Phil Crowcroft a leading contaminated land expert at the environmental consultants ERM.
The presentation focussed on the new soil screening levels which DEFRA is going to publish following the revised Part 2A Statutory Guidance that was issued a year ago. The application of the screening levels remains uncertain and creates the potential for future environmental pollution claims. The new guidance has raised controversy and debate continues on what may be considered an unacceptable pollution or health risk.
Denise who is a leading advisor on environmental law spoke about the impact of the changes on legal liability which will affect insurers, landowners, developers and all professional advisors dealing with contaminated land.
Matthew Taylor, former aide to Tony Blair, in a recent government review of employment practices has suggested all work in the UK’s economy should be “fair and decent”. The report pays particular attention to the gig economy recommending the creation of a new category of worker, known as a ‘dependent contractor’, to provide additional rights […]View More
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Originally we placed our case to recoup losses from a Builder who claimed that they had run out of finance and were unable to complete the contract we had to self fund the completion of the work.
We approached a Solicitor’s practice and they advised that after many months are investigation they felt that the builder could not repay the amount. We approached Stripes and they offered a no win no fee approached and we accepted.
Immediately they began proceedings against the Builder and they Court accepted the Claim and the Builder agreed to pay off the debt. Since then we have had a full settlement which Stripes concluded on our behalf.