The JSB Green Book – guidelines for the assessment of general damages in personal injury cases in Northern Ireland

The Judicial Studies Board for Northern Ireland has published the fifth Edition of the ‘Green Book’ following the recommendations of a Committee chaired by Lord Justice Stephens.  Access to the online version of the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury cases is available here.

The latest edition of the Guidelines provides an increase in the figures for most injuries by around 20%. Although this is certainly a significant one-off step change, it is the inevitable result of uprating the figures in the previous edition, published in 2013, to take account of inflation since then.

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State Opening of Parliament this Wednesday

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.

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Summers v Bundy: Court of Appeal confirms that ending recoverable success fees means that ten percent more general damages is obligatory

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