This Escalated Quickly…
Category : June 2016
Wednesday 15th June welcomed the Doctors Chambers Modern Claims Conference at the home of footballing excellence, Old Trafford hosted by Andrew Twambley, founder of InjuryLawyers4U and Technical Director at Axa Insurance, David Williams. In previous years, these conferences have solely focused upon the claims market but Wednesday looked at the future and implementations.
After breakfast, registrations and the opening from our hosts, Rt Hon Jack Straw took the stage to offer his opinions on motor claims, more specifically whiplash. With 350+ delegates in the room predominate professions being injury lawyers and insurers, Mr Straw made some cutting remarks that were not well accepted. Once his speech was completed, the floor was opened up for questions and the start of some very heated conversations.
The hosts managed to tame the lions in time for the first panel debate ‘Access to Justice- An Uncertain Future’, featuring Charles Layfield of BGL Group, Martin Coyne of InjuryLawyers4U, Janet Tilley of Simpson Millar, Zoe Holland of ZebraLC and finally Ed Fletcher whom is the CEO of Fletchers Solicitors. This offered some balanced arguments and a lot of responses from the audiences. A short break invited some more networking and delegates visiting sponsors stands, an opportunity to restock the office stationary!
For TRS, the much anticipated panel debate saw Andy Watson from Ageas, James Dalton from the ABI and a last minute step in by Carolyn McKenzie of RSA take the stage due to Rob Townend from Aviva suffering food poisoning! A lot of fueled questions from attendees tried to trip up this talented and well respected individuals, however each coped like the true professionals they are, offering pure fact that could not be challenged.
Due to a very hectic schedule, TRS were unable to stay for the afternoon sessions but noted that this conference seemed the first where insurers or governing bodies were confronted, rather than their comments just accepted.