Debates in Westminster Hall take place away from the main Commons chamber and generally serve to raise awareness of the subject matter. Access to justice, debated this Wednesday, is an important topic, covering current MoJ “whiplash reforms” (small claims limit for personal injuries and general damages for minor soft tissue injuries) as well as employment tribunal fees, legal aid and court closures.
The Supreme Court is currently in recess and will sit again in early October. Its most recent list of decisions on permissions to appeal, published over the summer break, offers points of interest in the cases it will hear. These may not form as extensive a diet of tort and insurance issues as had been the case in the early part of 2016, with decisions such as: Knauer, Cox, Mohamud, Versloot, Hayward and Moreno. What we see as the key cases, are noted in this blog.
The court’s decisions in January & February on applications for permission to appeal were published just before the Easter break. Only a few of the cases in which permission was granted touch on issues relevant to casualty insurance. The legal aspects of fatal accidents happening abroad, but pursued before the English courts, will once again be examined by the court, which has granted permission in the complicated case of Four Seasons v Brownlie.