News

  • Deadlines to Respect for Confirmation of Insurance Cover and Liability
    04/12/2014
    Below is a simple guideline showing the deadlines to respect for confirmation of insurance cover and liability for some of the European jurisdictions. In...
  • Dintlhac Classification in France
    04/12/2014
    Since 2009 French personal injury claims have been classified by different headings following the work of a committee chaired by Mr Jean Pierre Dintilhac...
  • Landmark ‘Whiplash’ Ruling in Court
    04/12/2014
    English insurer AVIVA recently had a ruling in Court which could be the start of a series of unsuccessful whiplash claims in England and...
  • The Spanish Position: Refresher
    04/12/2014
    Below are some further details on the Spanish jurisdiction following our introductory article in a recent newsletter. Minimum Levels of Insurance Cover: ...
  • Courtesy Becomes Law in Belgium
    03/12/2014
    As from the 1 March 2014, " zipping" in traffic is no longer a courtesy rule that was encouraged by Belgian Government for many...
  • European Traffic Law Days 2014
    03/12/2014
    Members of the Coris/APRIL network attended this year's European Traffic Law Days in Luxembourg organised by the Institute for European Traffic Law. Among the...
  • Changes to Hungarian Civil Law
    07/11/2013
    A new Civil Code (Act V of 2013) was adopted on 11 February 2013 which enters into force on 15 March 2014. This represents...
  • Cross Border Fraud – The Council of Bureaux Response
    07/11/2013
    In the UK there has been a high level of fraud awareness among insurers for a number of years. Insurers and agents conduct...
  • Drink-driving Death Rate Increase
    07/11/2013
    The Department for Transport recently released figures which show that the number of deaths in drink-drive accidents increased last year. An estimated 290...
  • Fines Increase for Driving Without Insurance
    07/11/2013
    The Motor Insurers Bureau recently reported an increase in the level of the fixed penalty fine for driving without insurance. The fine is...
  • Our Services in Croatia
    07/11/2013
    The 2013 enlargement of the European Union saw Croatia join the EU on 01/07/2013. The Coris/APRIL network has had an office in Zagreb, Croatia...
  • The Amendment of the Spanish Road Traffic Injury Baremo
    07/11/2013
    The current Spanish Legal Scale regarding victims of road traffic accidents (Baremo) was first established in November 1995, when it became enclosed as an...
  • Transport Select Committee Report on Whiplash Claims
    07/11/2013
    The topic of whiplash claims has been debated for some time in the UK. There is an energetic effort being made to help combat...
  • New CORIS International Appointment
    24/06/2013
    Coris International recently announced that Daniel Strub, CEO of April Switzerland and Manager of the Business Development 'ARGO' Team, has officially been appointed Operations...
  • Administrative Changes in Belgium
    17/06/2013
    Our colleagues in Coris Belgium have advised us of some changes in the early stages of the claims process. In a growing...
  • Coris Claims Forum
    17/06/2013
    The Coris network held it first internal Claims Management Forum in Paris in April. The event which brought together many European Coris,...
  • European Road Safety Improvements
    17/06/2013
    The latest European Commission reports from March 2013 have recorded the lowest ever number of road deaths across the EU. This showed a...
  • European Traffic Law Days 2013
    17/06/2013
    The next European Traffic Law Days, hosted by The Institute for European Traffic Law, will take place in Mondorf-Les-Bains, Luxembourg on 9-10 October 2013....
  • New Rules on UK Roads
    17/06/2013
    With the aim of reducing police time spent in Court, careless drivers will now be issued with on the spot fixed penalties of £100...
  • Reforms to the English Costs Regime
    17/06/2013
    From April 1st a new costs regime was brought in by Lord Justice Jackson in England and Wales. Various changes were implemented and...
  • Whiplash Claims Discussed by the Government Transport Committee
    17/06/2013
    In May 2013 oral evidence was presented for the first time to the Transport Committee. Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Committee,...
  • New Legal Reforms in England and Wales
    10/04/2013
    From 1st April 2013 there will be major changes to the Civil Procedure Rules in relation to solicitors costs. These implementations look to reduce...
  • APRIL Deutschland – the new international motor third party insurance claims handler in Germany
    27/02/2013
    In spring 2012, APRIL Deutschland, part of the Coris/APRIL Group, situated in Haar near Munich, took on the handling of international motor...
  • CORIS Claims Forum
    27/02/2013
    The first International Coris Claims Forum will take place in Paris on 25 / 26 April 2013. The whole European network is invited...
  • Cross Border Motor Fraud
    27/02/2013
    Fraud costs the European motor insurance industry billions of pounds annually and it is a problem that experts agree is worsening. Fraud detection...
  • New French Driving Licences from January 2013
    27/02/2013
    In a bid to combat fraud, falsification of papers and ease journeys throughout the EU, France is replacing its pink paper format driving licences...
  • Reducing the Cost and Number of Whiplash Claims
    27/02/2013
    In December 2012 the Government finally released its Consultation paper looking at the increasing cost of whiplash claims to the UK motoring industry. As...
  • ROME II : Evidence and Procedure v Applicable Law
    27/02/2013
    Coris UK is currently defending a large value claim with a French insurer client. This is a claim brought in England by...
  • German Conferences
    27/11/2012
    The 51st German Traffic law days in Goslar takes place from 23-25 January 2013. This coincides with the next Insurance Claims Management Conference which...
  • Cross Border Limitation Periods
    20/11/2012
    Regulation (EC)864/2007 (ROME II) came into force with the aim of making it easier for victims of Road Traffic Accidents to claim in their...
  • Coris in Luxembourg
    13/11/2012
    Last month saw a number of the Coris offices attend the 13th European Traffic Law Days in Luxembourg. Coris UK, Belgium, Germany...
  • Despatched Vehicles in the Member State of Origin
    13/11/2012
    A recent article by the Council of Bureaux has pointed out a number of Practical issues with the 5th Motor Insurance Directive in relation...
  • Further increases in Whiplash Claims
    13/11/2012
    Recent Coris newsletters have focused on vehicle safety measures, strict anti drink-driving laws and further speed restrictions across Europe. These show that the number...
  • The German Claims Process
    13/11/2012
    Below is a brief introduction to the German claims process. Should you have any further questions do not hesitate to ask Coris UK. Our...
  • The High Court in Ireland uses French law for assessing Damages
    13/11/2012
    In April this year the High Court in Ireland in the case of Kelly v Groupama was asked to assess damages which the Claimant...
  • The View from… Greece
    13/11/2012
    The current economic crisis has struck throughout the EU over the last four years. No more so than in Greece. Coris Athens has noted...
  • Booms in the Russian, Romanian and Turkish Travel Markets
    15/08/2012
    Market research consultants Finaccord has found that there was a boom in the travel insurance and assistance market in Russia, Romania and Turkey between...
  • Coris Cross Border Claims Conference
    15/08/2012
    A number of our clients and industry colleagues recently attended our London office, for the first Coris Cross Border Claims Conference. Representatives of Coris...
  • Credit hire claims in the UK
    15/08/2012
    UK insurer Swiftcover recently investigated a number of credit hire agencies and their claims following accident insurance claims. The insurer found that in a...
  • Road safety
    15/08/2012
    A recent report released by the European Transport Safety Council revealed that in 2011, 30,108 people died on the roads of the EU -...
  • Winning new business
    15/08/2012
    Over the past few months the Coris network has strengthened its growing client base by entering into agreements with the English insurer Liverpool Victoria,...
  • Autofocus ‘Fraud’ Claims with Prosecutors
    10/04/2012
    The company Autofocus was hired on a regular basis by major insurers to help challenge the cost of increasing credit hire claims following Road...
  • Cross Border News
    10/04/2012
    Serbia joined the multi-lateral agreement on 01 January 2012 and Montenegro became a Green Card country as of 01 February 2012. Coris UK has...
  • Fighting Fraud in the UK
    10/04/2012
    What is a fraudulent claim? In Agapitos v Agnew [2003] it was described that: "A fraudulent claim exists where the insured claims knowing that...
  • Focus On… Jean Marc Griscelli
    10/04/2012
    42 years old, holder of a Degree in Law and International trade, Jean-Marc Griscelli started his career within DHL Worldwide Express Group, before joining...
  • London Olympics 2012 – Traffic Chaos?
    10/04/2012
    The streets of London are busy at any time of the year. Add the forthcoming London Olympics which will take place from 27th July...
  • Portable Breathalysers for Motorists in France
    10/04/2012
    It was recently announced that a new law was to be introduced to make the carrying of a portable breathalyser compulsory for all motorists...
  • Smartphone Use Behind the Wheel
    10/04/2012
    A recent study conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has indicated that using smartphones while driving is potentially more dangerous than drink...
  • Changes to the Badinter Law in France?
    20/01/2012
    The UMP (the ruling party in France) MP Guy Lefrand has proposed changes to the 1985 Badinter Law before the French Sénat. The aim...
  • Christmas with Coris UK!
    20/01/2012
    The Coris UK team celebrated Christmas in style with its UK client insurers at the Bleeding Heart Restaurant in November. The annual event brought...
  • Focus on...Spain
    20/01/2012
    Since a number of our readers deal with Spanish jurisdiction claims on a daily basis, we present here a brief introduction to the Spanish...
  • Increase in Speed Limit to 80mph Could Increase Number of Road Deaths
    20/01/2012
    The UK Government is currently proposing to increase the motorway speed limit to 80mph (128kph) from the existing 70mph (112kph) limit. This increase in...
  • MPs Demand Action on Spiralling Whiplash Claims
    20/01/2012
    Following other Coris newsletter articles focusing on rising insurance premiums here we focus on the effect of whiplash claims in the insurance market and...
  • Office of Fair Trading in England Studies the Private Motor Insurance Industry
    20/01/2012
    In December the OFT launched a study into private motor insurance in the UK which will focus on the provision of third party vehicle...
  • The Coris Group at the European Traffic Law Days
    20/01/2012
    The Coris Group attended the recent European Traffic Law Days at the spa resort of Mondorf-Les- Bains in Luxembourg. The event was well attended...
  • Special Update on the Homawoo v GMF case
    21/11/2011
    Readers of previous Coris bulletins will be aware that we have been following the case of Homawoo v GMF. Mr Homawoo a...
  • European Motorcycle Regulations
    19/10/2011
    Increased concerns over motorcycle safety have led to a number of governments and European bodies to introduce new proposed regulations. The regulation, which is...
  • Mobile phone use while driving
    19/10/2011
    Although it is illegal to use a phone while driving in the UK a recent report by the RAC (Royal Automobile Club) showed that...
  • New developments on the Italian market
    19/10/2011
    The complexity of the compensation scheme is due the extreme rigidity of the national regulations imposed by the supervisory authority with the aim of...
  • Rome II - A further step forward towards clarification of the start date
    19/10/2011
    Readers of the last Coris bulletin will recall that wecommented on the hearing before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg in relation...
  • The Abandonment of Referral Fees in Personal Injury Claims
    19/10/2011
    Following recent pressure from Lord Justice Jackson and Jack Straw the Ministry of Justice intends to announce a ban on referral fees in...
  • From Brussels to Rome via Luxembourg - a tortuous journey?
    28/07/2011
    Uncertainty surrounding the first date of application of EC Directive 864/2007 (Rome II) moved a step towards clarification following a hearing before the European...
  • Coris Group AGM
    26/07/2011
    The Coris Group held its Annual General Meeting this year in May at Miami Beach. This event attended by members of the Coris...
  • European Traffic Congestion Report
    26/07/2011
    A recent report by TomTom produced a league table of European traffic congestion. Traffic-jams are scored by looking at the percentage of main roads...
  • New Road Safety Laws in the UK
    26/07/2011
    Motorists will have fixed penalty notices of between £80 and £100 for careless driving which is seen as a break from the previous government's...
  • Road Safety Measures: Lorry Sensors
    26/07/2011
    Sensors that can warn a lorry driver if a cyclist is in their blind spot should be mandatory according to Sir Alan Beith, an...
  • Uninsured vehicles subject to new rules and fines
    26/07/2011
    A new law came into force in the UK on June 20 which requires vehicle owners to make sure their vehicle is insured. There...
  • Added Protection for Pedestrians in France
    01/04/2011
    Following new modifications made to the French Highway Code, published on 16 November 2010, pedestrians have been given priority over cars when crossing a...
  • CORIS Poland introduce ‘CORIS Lex Services’
    01/04/2011
    CORIS Lex Services is an affiliate of CORIS Poland. The company employs lawyers who provide a range of services such as 24/7 legal information,...
  • Motor Insurance and Gender Equality
    01/04/2011
    Following claims that UK insurance schemes breached EU rules on Equality, a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice has made it clear...
  • Snowcare Protection
    01/04/2011
    If you require added winter sport protection for your policyholders throughout many of the ski resorts of Switzerland, Coris Switzerland can help. Their Snowcare...
  • The Highway Code
    01/04/2011
    Many of the rules in the Highway Code are legal requirements and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence. Such...
  • Winter Driving in Germany
    01/04/2011
    Following the recent harsh conditions new regulations have come into force in Germany with respect to the use of winter tyres in icy or...
  • Date of Application of Rome II, the uncertainty continues!
    21/12/2010
    This complicated issue has recently been the subject of consideration in two cases before the High Court in London. In the first of these...
  • Credit Hire Success Stories
    10/12/2010
    The Credit Hire cases of Clark v The City of Edinburgh Council and Walker v Chesapeake Hillington Limited vindicate the approach some have been...
  • New Council of Bureaux Regulations
    10/12/2010
    We have been notified of a change which has been implemented by the Council of Bureaux and is to come into force from 01.01.2011....
  • Coris UK in Luxembourg!
    25/11/2010
    Members of Coris UK and other Coris Offices recently attended the 11th European Traffic Law Conference organised in Luxembourg by the Institute for European...
  • Reduction in Road Traffic Casualties in Great Britain in 2009
    25/11/2010
    Although there is more traffic circulating around Europe, statistics for the UK show that there has been a reduction in the number of...
  • Coris Group AGM
    27/07/2010
    The Coris Group held its Annual General Meeting this year in May in Madrid. The event, attended by members of the Coris Group from...
  • Cyclists allowed to ride the wrong way down one way streets in Paris!
    27/07/2010
    Riding a bicycle in Paris is already a risky business; whether it is the unawareness of motorists or the sharing of cycle lanes with...
  • European Traffic Law Days Luxembourg
    27/07/2010
    The team at Coris UK along with other members of the Coris Group will be attending this year's European Traffic Law Days conference in...
  • Success for Coris UK
    27/07/2010
    Coris UK recently successfully defended a claim brought against Fidelidade by English Claimants following a road traffic accident in Portugal. Proceedings were issued in...
  • Coris News - February 2010
    22/04/2010
    We hope you enjoy this latest new-look edition of Coris News. If you have any suggestions for particular subjects you would like us...
  • Coris News- July 2009
    10/08/2009
    CORIS NEWS July 2009 Welcome to July's new look edition of Coris news. Should you wish for any particular subject to be covered...
  • Coris News - April 2009
    08/05/2009
    This month we are focusing on Portugal. Portugal's capital city is Lisbon, with a population of 2.6 million and a total population...
  • Coris News - January 2009
    16/03/2009
    This month we are looking at Germany. Germany's capital city is Berlin, with a population of 3,400,000 and a total population of 82,000,000....
  • CORIS ON THE MOVE
    06/02/2009
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  • Coris News - November 2008
    08/01/2009
    Coris UK wishes everyone a Happy Christmas. This year's final edition focuses on ROME II. Last Month Michael Zurbrugg spoke in Luxembourg...
  • Coris News - July 2008
    18/08/2008
    This month we turn our attention to the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic has a total population of 10,325,000. The capital city is...
  • Coris News January 2008- Special UK Edition
    14/03/2008
    This month we have produced a United Kingdom special edition of Coris News. The biggest City in the United Kingdom is of course...
  • Coris News - February 2008
    15/02/2008
    Welcome to 2008's first edition of Coris News. Everyone at Coris would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We interrupt our...
  • Coris News November 2007
    20/12/2007
    Welcome to this year's final edition of Coris News. This time we turn our attention to our nearest neighbours France. For the majority...
  • Coris News August 2007
    18/09/2007
    Welcome to the Summer edition of Coris News. Spotlight on: Hungary In this month's edition of Coris news we will look at Hungary. Hungary's...
  • Coris News May 2007
    05/05/2007
    Welcome to this year's second edition of Coris News. Spotlight on: Romania In this edition we move on to another new member of the...
  • Coris News January 2007
    01/01/2007
    The Coris team hope you enjoyed the festive period and would like to wish you a Happy New Year! Spotlight on: Bulgaria Following on...