Chair of Justice Select Committee releases letter on whiplash reforms

Last week the Ministry of Justice responded to the Justice Committee’s report on small claims published in May. Paragraph 36 of the MoJ’s response confirms that the Government will postpone implementation of the whiplash and small claims reform programme until at least April 2020. Justice Committee Chair Bob Neill MP then wrote to the Secretary of State for Justice to seek further clarification on certain aspects of the reforms. Continue reading

Civil Liability Bill – now five years for discount rate reviews

Yesterday afternoon Peers completed their debates on the Bill. Almost all of the short discussion (of just around 40 minutes or so) focused on the part 2 of the legislation, ie the discount rate provisions. Continue reading

Third Party Rights Act – regulations finally passed by Commons

Three words in Hansard – “Question agreed to” – on 13 April signify the approval of the House of Commons to regulations necessary to bring the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 into effect. There was no debate whatsoever about the substance of these regulations, although there had been some earlier scrutiny (a 25 minute debate) by the Lords back on 22 March.

When the regulations are formally made – the date for which is not yet known – the 2010 Act will finally be in force and make the process of claiming (directly, or by subrogation) against a policy issued to an insolvent or otherwise defunct insured a good deal easier and less costly. The approved text of the draft regulations can be viewed here and we shall offer a more detailed commentary on how the 2010 Act complements the Insurance Act 2015 on our dedicated Insurance Act blog.


About the Author

akAlistair 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).