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?
Members of the same family colluding in the presentation and pursuit of speculative and/or fraudulent personal injury claims is, regrettably, hardly an uncommon circumstance. This week, however, the Supreme Court is examining the impact of fraud by one spouse on another.
A new law which supports the defendants’ challenge to fraudulent claims was granted Royal Assent on 12 February. The Criminal Justice and Courts Act contains a provision which requires courts to dismiss the whole of the claimant’s claim if it is satisfied that the claimant has been ‘fundamentally dishonest’ [read more]
About the Author
Alistair Kinley is BLM’s Director of Policy & Government Affairs.
Alistair is responsible for BLM’s engagement with government departments and regulators on policy and public affairs issues and consultations affecting the firm and its customers. He coordinated BLM’s market-facing activities in connection with the Insurance Act 2015 and the consultations which preceded its publication and introduction in Parliament.
He is a member of the Civil Justice Council (CJC), a regular speaker and experienced commentator on legal and procedural reforms and was a contributing editor to the Law Society’s Litigation Funding Handbook (September 2014).