Insights (in brief) from the new JC Guidelines

As we noted last week on the BLM twitter feed, the 15th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines for General Damages for Personal Injuries has just been published. The main headline is the consistent application of an increase of close to 7% to the figures in the last edition in order to allow for inflation.

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Civil Liability Bill – brief report on Committee stage day one

The Commons Committee examining the Bill voted along party lines on the amendments, on 11 September. Opposition amendments, as set out in our earlier posts, were either voted down or withdrawn at this stage, although the issues look likely to be revisited by the whole House at a later date as the Bill progresses. Continue reading

Lords amendments attempt to scale back whiplash reforms

We noted on Thursday 7 June that only the Government had tabled amendments to the whiplash aspect of the Civil Liability Bill. By the afternoon of Friday 8 June, however, a range of opposition and crossbench amendments had been tabled which attempt to restrict the Government’s proposed reform of whiplash damages in various ways, as set out below. The amendments will be debated at report stage on Tuesday 12 June. Continue reading