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17 Apr 18

Justice Minister Confirms Government Commitment to PI Reforms

April 17, 2018

Justice Minister Lord Keen of Elie has delivered a keynote speech at the annual conference of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), in which he confirmed the government’s intention to proceed with sweeping reforms to whiplash claims in the UK. This follows the recent unveiling of the Civil Justice Bill by the Justice Secretary, David Gauke. The legislation (which is due to have its second reading in the House of Lords next week) will introduce a tariff system for whiplash claims and make changes to the way in which the discount rate is calculated, in addition to raising the small claims limit for Road Traffic Accident (RTA) claims to £5,000.

The government suggests that the introduction of the bill will save motorist approximately £35 per year, with the insurance industry having promised to pass cost savings from whiplash and discount rate reform on to customers.

For further details of the Justice Minister’s keynote speech, click here.