Discount rate & PPO legislation passes stage 1

The Scotland-specific legislation was discussed by the Parliament in yesterday’s Stage 1 debate on its general principles.  The Minister in charge, Ash Denham MSP, bookended the debate during which a number of points were highlighted for further scrutiny at subsequent stages, including moving the frequency of rate reviews to a five-year cycle.

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Scottish Discount Rate and PPO Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament

Today, the Bill to amend Scots Law on the Personal Injury Discount Rate and also to enable Scottish courts to impose Periodical Payment Orders when making an award of damages in personal injury cases has been published by the Scottish Parliament. Continue reading

Bill to introduce DBAs, QOCS and Group Proceedings to Scotland passed by Scottish Parliament

On 1 May 2018, in an important development for future litigation in Scotland, the Scottish Parliament passed the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill. Its provisions will be brought into force by the Scottish Government following Royal Assent. The Scottish Government’s present intention is for phased implementation from Summer 2018, such that different provisions may be brought into force at different times. Continue reading