Things will start to improve with increased awareness of the existing apology clause, particularly among business and the legal profession.
Ultimately, though the apology clause itself needs to be clarified:
- to define what it means by an apology
- to pin down the scope of matters that it relates to
- so it is clear whether an apology is deemed in legal terms to be an admission, or if it is simply not admissible as an admission of liability
- to clarify whether an apology would void insurance contracts.
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“Businesses and organisations should be able to apologise so people who have suffered can move on. Call to clarify the ‘apology clause’ in the Compensation Act 2006.”
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Some points you might like to make include:
- You believe it is very important for the apology clause of the 2006 Compensation Act to be clarified
- If businesses are unable to apologise when they should, it can have a real and harmful impact on victims who will often not be able to move on
- Swift, heartfelt and meaningful apologies can provide important closure for victims
- The lack of clarity in the law at the moment creates uncertainty for business in terms of its own liabilities and potential costs
- The wider benefits, such as a potential reduction in legal claims that are currently creating a “compensation culture” and the potential to reduce insurance costs for business.