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

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

Lords amendments attempt to scale back whiplash reforms

We noted on Thursday 7 June that only the Government had tabled amendments to the whiplash aspect of the Civil Liability Bill. By the afternoon of Friday 8 June, however, a range of opposition and crossbench amendments had been tabled which attempt to restrict the Government’s proposed reform of whiplash damages in various ways, as set out below. The amendments will be debated at report stage on Tuesday 12 June. Continue reading