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Are you meeting your legal responsibilities for your drivers?

The majority of businesses now require their employees and contractors to use their own, or company owned, vehicles in connection with their work. Whether it’s occasional use to attend training using their own car or an employee who drives in connection with work every day, you have a responsibility as an employer to ensure they are safe and not breaching the terms of the motor insurance in place.   Please read below Firth & Scott’s advice on this subject. More > "Are you meeting your legal responsibilities for your drivers?"

We have moved!!!

We are now successfully moved into our new shiny offices at 38 Thackeray's Lane, Woodthorpe. What a difference the new place has made to our working.  Brighter, airier and more space, with room to grow. We hope to continue our promise of "Protecting people's livelihoods and businesses" for many years to come from our new location.    

Firth & Scott are moving offices

As per our previous updates, we are moving to new offices and our IT systems are being relocated.  As such, we will not have access to our computers from 3:00pm on Friday 13th October 2017.  Our telephones will be working as usual; however, due to our inability to access file, where possible please contact us from 9:00am on Monday 16th October 2017.

Changes to compensation payments

Insurers are entitled to discount compensation payments following a significant, life-changing injury due to the expectation that the claimant would receive compounded interest on the funds awarded. As the interest rate in the UK continues to be very low, the discount rate for compensation awards needed to be changed to reflect this.   With effect from the 20th of March 2017, the Ministry of Justice has revised the discount rate for compensation lump sum payments from 2.5% to -0.75%.   As insurers are now forced to pay larger settlements for claims, there needs to be an adjustment in the rate of premiums. Subsequently, insurane premiums for policies which include cover for personal injury claims, for example Motor and Liability insurances, have increased and we anticipate that they will continue to do so until the interest rate is re-revised.   For further information on The Ogden Discount Rate and the subsequent impacts, please refer to media articles reported by The Guardian and Telegraph etc.