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Satinder Hunjan QC - Discount rate in Foreign Jurisdictions

Satinder Hunjan QC has secured a multi-million pound settlement on behalf of a catastrophically brain injured young man who suffered a road traffic accident in central London; he was from Colombia and in London to undertake an MBA.

Of particular interest, is that it was argued on behalf of the Claimant that in so far as any losses arose in Colombia a different discount rate should apply in view of the different economic conditions and prospects in Colombia. The argument was supported by leading experts; an actuary and an economist and upon the basis of their evidence a discount rate of minus 2.5% was advanced which produced multipliers significantly higher than those which would be applied in the UK.

In all claims where some of the losses may arise in the future in a foreign jurisdiction it will be important to consider what is the appropriate discount rate for that jurisdiction and the evidence in support carefully considered and managed.

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