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Representing victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack

Canadian social worker Christine Archibald, 30, who lived in The Hague, Netherlands, died next to her fiance in June 2017 after being hit by a Hertz van rented by terrorists on London Bridge. This attack followed similar atrocities involving hire vehicles, including on Westminster Bridge.

Jennifer Buchanan currently represents Chrissy’s parents, who live in Canada, in a claim for personal injury against the insurers of the vehicle used as a weapon. Our Personal Injury team is also running similar cases on behalf of victims of the Westminster Bridge attack.

Head of the Personal Injury team Jill Greenfield noticed that the Motor Insurance Bureau had removed the terrorism exclusion clause from its insurance policies just weeks before the Westminster attack, paving the way for claims to proceed against insurers.

During the inquest into the deaths of the eight victims, the Chief Coroner touched on the issue of preventing dangerous extremists from getting their hands on high-powered vehicles.

Jennifer joined Barbara and Greg Archibald, Chrissy’s parents, in calling for tougher measures to be introduced to alert security services when a vehicle is rented by a person on the terrorism watch list.

She also called on the relevant London authorities to talk to those affected by terrorism in London to devise a suitable, permanent memorial to those killed and injured by terrorists in our city.

Jennifer said: “Working with victims of Westminster, Finsbury Park and London Bridge, we have seen the devastation caused when a vehicle is used as a weapon of terrorism. We welcome any recommendations about security procedures around car hire to prevent such tragedy occurring in the future.”

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