Whiplash, small claims & medical reporting – new consultation

The day before the Easter weekend the Ministry of Justice published a brief consultation paper on medical reporting options under the whiplash reform programme, including the increase in the small claims limit.

The central proposal is to expand the MedCo scheme to cover obtaining initial medical reports in all motor injury small claims, whether or not the claimant is legally represented. The short period for responses – to 17 May 2019 only – might indicate some renewed momentum within the MoJ given that April 2020 appears to remain its preferred date for implementing the whiplash programme and building the necessary IT platform.

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Civil Liability Act 2018: (i) statutory rate-setting consultation & (ii) draft regulations on savings

The government has issued important materials which (i) inform of the discount rate-setting consultation with the Government Actuary and Treasury and (ii) introduce and set out draft regulations by which insurers will be expected to account for savings arising from the provisions in the Act.

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Civil Liability Act 2018 and associated reforms: implementation update

Regrettably, this is not a comprehensive update on the whiplash and small claims reforms that are due to be implemented in just over a year. The title is, however, the heading used by Justice Minister Lord Keen in a recent letter about these reforms to the Justice Select Committee.

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