31 July marked the end of the legal term in Ireland. It was also the deadline for responding to a Parliamentary consultation about draft legislation to set up a regime of periodical payment orders in catastrophic injury cases. Earlier in the month, another important reform of Irish law was announced: the re-casting of consumer insurance law. Both are summarised in this post.
Mr Justice Quirke – a former High Court judge and, some time before that, international scrum half – was a key instigator of both measures. Although the projects borrow from legislation implemented in the UK, the recommendations made are quite distinct and the differences should not be overlooked.