The 14th Edition of the Judicial College Guidelines for general damages for personal injuries was published on Friday 15 September. The overall increase in guidelines is of around 4.8%, which reflects the increase in RPI since the last edition (published in September 2015).
Sir Rupert Jackson’s pithy foreword to his 2009 review of costs described his reforms as “a coherent package” designed to control litigation costs in civil claims. Most aspects of that package were implemented in April 2013.
As noted already on this blog, Jackson is now conducting a further enquiry into widening the scope of fixed recoverable legal costs and is seeking evidence and views by mid January 2017. His deadline more or less coincides with that set out in the Government’s latest ‘whiplash’ reforms – making for a busy Christmas and New Year for those of us working in this field.