The notion that compensation is always due, and everyone is entitled to "have their day in court" is increasingly pervasive in our society. As an employer, you face the brunt of this, whether from a disenchanted employee or from an external individual trying to gain compensation for what they see as loss as a result of your company's activity.
The majority of organisations have seen an increase in employment tribunal claims; employees are required to have discussed their grievances with their employer before going to court, but many employers are doubtful this will make a difference
Research from the Actuarial Profession suggests 60pc of small businesses feel the growth of the compensation culture is interfering with the day-to-day running of their businesses. "The have-a-go mentality is fuelling a surge in dubious employment tribunals that is both costly and time consuming" says the CBI Director-General. Claims are on the increase, up by 17%!
"No win no-fee" solicitors and compensation claim companies encourage people to claim, often making up-front payments. While, of course, people should have access to justice and compensation when something goes wrong the culture of claiming compensation can often be inappropriate and, sometimes, bordering on fraudulent
The use of covert video surveillance exposed an exaggerated claim for personal injury, resulting in the High Court considering a prison sentence for a woman claimant and her husband
We have assisted many companies in defence of claims made against them, rooting out and providing evidence of fraudulent accident and loss of business claims. In the unfortunate event that you find your business defending such an action, please come and talk to us - in the least we can promise to provide ideas of how best to approach the problem and work out a strategy