Criminal costs

The erosion of costs recovery in criminal cases could have profound effects, even to the extent of innocent parties pleading guilty to avoid substantial legal bills. Mark Skinner and Luke Blackburn detail developments.

Captive audience

The takaful market has grown considerably in Muslim countries. Simon Fisher considers the prospects for Sharia-compliant captives.

Legal eagle

Katherine Blackler talks to Alan Levin, a partner specialising in (re)insurance law at US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, about his career and the challenges facing the reinsurance market.

Unfinished business

Entrepreneurial players in the claims market have benefited from maximising the incentives of motor injury claims in recent years, but the trend towards commoditisation of claims handling does have its place, writes Alistair Kinley.

Kiss of life

Cameron McNaught examines the reforms proposed for Scotland's Courts in the long awaited report from leading judge, Lord Gill.

Investing for the future

Competition in the current broker market means companies are developing growth strategies to expand their customer base. But despite appearing the least risky, team acquisitions do not come without challenges, explains Kate Penrose.

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