The Queen’s Speech takes place on 18 May 2016. A number of recent Parliamentary briefing papers have covered topics likely to be the subject of Bills that might be announced by Her Majesty. Debate on the Speech will take precedence in both Houses for several days after 18 May. A key point of interest for general insurers will be whether the Speech refers to legislation to implement reforms to injury claims announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement.
Back in 2009, the Jackson report recommended the ending of recoverable success fee uplifts and, in their place, that the claimant should recover ten percent more by way of general damages. Six years on, it is rather ‘old hat’ to point that these changes were implemented together, applying from 1 April 2013, by the LASPO Act 2012 and by the Court of Appeal’s second decision in Simmons v Castle in October 2012. Continue reading