Civil Liability Bill – “a technical argument between the insurance lobbyists and the legal services lobbyists”

This title was one MP’s description of the Bill’s provisions (the whiplash reforms, in the main) during yesterday’s long and highly polarised debates on report and third reading of the Bill. The Bill was passed without further amendment (save for a minor linguistic tweak by the Government) by a healthy Government majority of 56. It now passes to the Lords for approval of earlier Commons amendments after which it should receive Royal Assent, which could happen in the coming weeks and before the end of the year.

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EU & UK motor insurance – moving targets?

Working out how any post-Brexit motor insurance regime in the UK might fit with the European regime is not completely straightforward at a time when both have a lot of moving parts. Continue reading

Key issues raised at second reading of the Civil Liability Bill on 4 September 2018

The Bill’s second reading in the Commons yesterday was book-ended by the speeches of the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor David Gauke and by junior justice minister Rory Stewart. In the intervening three and half hours the government flagged some important amendments it will make and the opposition set out the key elements of its argument against much of the whiplash reforms in particular. The body of this blog attempts to summarise the debate. Continue reading