The Emperor’s New Clothes? Whiplash reforms delayed for four months to August 2020

Just like the town folk in the fairy tale about the duped naked Emperor, we could all see that something odd was going on here but none of us called it out. The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland now has.

In a Parliamentary statement today he confirmed that implementation of the whiplash reforms will be delayed until 1 August 2020. He also clarified important aspects of the package of measures, including handling arrangements for vulnerable road users and the shelving of plans for ADR.

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Use of vehicles on private land – Supreme Court appears to have had nowhere to go

Last year we blogged about Lewis v Tindale & MIB (here) and alluded to the likelihood of the Supreme Court being asked to hear a further appeal. Those acting for the claimant now report that the SC has refused the MIB’s request for permission.

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Fatal Accidents Act 1976 – modest changes confirmed by MoJ

The Smith case in 2017 concluded that the 1976 Act’s bar on of cohabitants recovering bereavement damages was incompatible with Convention rights. The Ministry of Justice signalled it would rectify the Act and this week published its proposals to do so.

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