Scottish Discount Rate and PPO Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament

Today, the Bill to amend Scots Law on the Personal Injury Discount Rate and also to enable Scottish courts to impose Periodical Payment Orders when making an award of damages in personal injury cases has been published by the Scottish Parliament. Continue reading

MoJ commits to further amendments to whiplash legislation

In Wednesday’s blog I noted that the Government had successfully resisted* attempts to reduce materially the scope of its whiplash reform programme. Looking more closely at the record of the report stage debate on 12 June, it is clear that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is planning to make further amendments of its own  as the Bill progresses. Continue reading

Whiplash: 13 is a lucky number for the Government

Introducing a fixed tariff of general damages for whiplash injuries is the first key part of the Ministry of Justice’s whiplash programme, the second being a ban on pre-medical offers and the third a five-fold increase (from £1,000 to £5,000) in the small claims limit for motor injury cases. The first two are being taken forward in the Civil Liability Bill and the third will be implemented by changes to procedural rules. Continue reading