Whiplash and discount rate reforms – Minister summarises proposals at APIL conference

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ (APIL) annual conference ends today, 18 April 2018, with what looks to be a timely “Law Reform and litigation update” session covering the discount rate, clinical negligence, small claims, court reforms and gastric illness. The keynote address yesterday was delivered by MoJ Minister Lord Keen, who touched on most of these topics in his speech. It is understood he did not take questions after the speech and left very promptly.

The MoJ has just released Lord Keen’s speech on civil justice reform and while it is worth reading, it really does not say anything new about the Government’s reform agenda and its preferred timetable for change.

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Discount rate – two bills announced and rate change expected in medium term

This morning the Lord Chancellor issued a regulatory news story (RNS) to the Stock Exchange which confirms that new draft legislation will be brought forward to re-set the current personal injury discount rate of minus 0.75%.

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Autumn Statement personal injury reforms: questions on the impact assessment

On 18 January Justice Minister Dominic Raab MP gave one short answer to four questions tabled by his Labour Shadow Andy Slaughter MP about the personal injury reforms announced in the Chancellor’s 2015 Autumn Statement. Mr Raab said quite simply that: The Government will consult on the detail of the new reforms in due course. The consultation will be accompanied by an impact assessment.” Continue reading