Multipliers to run from date of trial in fatal claims: Knauer v MoJ, Supreme Court 24 February 2016

A panel of seven Justices of the Supreme Court today unanimously changed the basis for calculating future loss of dependency in fatal accident claims and adopted the date of trial or assessment of damages as the starting point for the calculation. The previous common law approach, which dates from Cookson v Knowles in late 1970s, was to start from the date of death. The change brings English law (and, arguably, the law in Northern Ireland) into line with that in Scotland where the change to the date of trial or assessment was made in 2011 by a devolved statute.

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