On 27 April the House of Lords Constitution Committee questioned the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, on four main points: the recruitment and retention of judges, diversity in the legal profession, public perception of the legal system, and the programme to modernise the court estate. This Committee session took place more or less six months after the Lord Chief’s annual press conference last November.
On 28 January we reported that the appellant’s arguments were far better received by the Supreme Court than those of the respondent defendant in this case about the appropriate date for the assessment of multipliers in claims for future loss of dependency under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. It was implicit in our piece that the law looked set to change, as it now has done.
During a short debate on Monday 2 November, the House of Lords discussed (in Grand Committee) the clauses in the Bill that would introduce the remedy of damages for late payment of insurance claims. The Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, noted that these provisions in the Bill would “rectify a gap in the legal regime and encourage responsible payment, for the benefit of policyholders and the perception of the market. These arguments apply for all insurance contracts, including reinsurance, which are treated by the law in the same way as all other non-consumer insurance contracts.”