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

Civil Liability Bill – issues to be raised at Lords Committee Stage debates on 10 & 15 May

Line-by-line scrutiny of the measures in the Civil Liability Bill – which will reform whiplash claims and re-set the legal basis for determining the discount rate – is due to take place in the Lords at Committee stages scheduled for 10 and 15 May. A raft of relevant materials has emerged over the last few days and is summarised in this post. There are three key documents: the new draft whiplash regulations, a letter from Justice Minister Lord Keen to Peers and the list of proposed amendments tabled to date. Continue reading