Civil Liability Bill – brief report on Committee stage day one

The Commons Committee examining the Bill voted along party lines on the amendments, on 11 September. Opposition amendments, as set out in our earlier posts, were either voted down or withdrawn at this stage, although the issues look likely to be revisited by the whole House at a later date as the Bill progresses. Continue reading

Chair of Justice Select Committee releases letter on whiplash reforms

Last week the Ministry of Justice responded to the Justice Committee’s report on small claims published in May. Paragraph 36 of the MoJ’s response confirms that the Government will postpone implementation of the whiplash and small claims reform programme until at least April 2020. Justice Committee Chair Bob Neill MP then wrote to the Secretary of State for Justice to seek further clarification on certain aspects of the reforms. Continue reading

Government changes tack (in part) on whiplash reform and recommits to April 2019 implementation

We have noted previously that the Government’s idea of omitting the definition of whiplash from new legislation (Civil Liability Bill) and putting it in secondary regulations instead was heavily criticised by Parliamentary Committees, Peers and others. It is therefore probably not surprising that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has now changed its mind on the point. Continue reading