End of term flood of Ministerial announcements, including court fees & LASPO

Today, the last day before the Christmas recess, the Government made 36 Ministerial Statements, which is some three times more than the seasonal number of Lords-a-leaping. (These were written statements issued by Ministers in both Houses, so no Peer or MP indulged in acrobatics of any sort.) Statements from the Ministry of Justice on further court fee increases (which will be implemented soon) and on the LASPO Act 2012 (which is to be reviewed and extended to insolvency litigation) are summarised in this post. There is also reference to reviewing mesothelioma claims. Continue reading

The busy Lord Chancellor

This week, Michael Gove MP, the current Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, was getting around. On 2 December he appeared yesterday before the Lords Constitution Committee and on 3 December he delivered a speech to the Magistrates’ Association and presented a Written Statement to Parliament. Continue reading

Autumn Statement 2015: one week on

One week on from dramatic announcements by the Chancellor of changes to the small claims track limit and of removing entitlement to general damages in low value soft tissue claims, is any of the detail around these proposals any clearer? Do we know more now about how and when the Government is going to act and what the impact of the measures will be?

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