Two pieces of legislation came into force at the end of 2018 which will transform the personal injury sector. Royal assent has been granted for both the Civil Liability Bill and Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill.
The Civil Liability Act is likely to come into force in April 2020 and introduces a tariff on compensation for soft tissue injuries sustained in a Road Traffic Accident (“RTA”). This will coincide with the new £5,000 small claims limit for RTA claims. Both actions are likely to significantly reduce the amount of claims capable of being brought by solicitors working in the personal injury sector.
The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Act will enable “appropriately qualified and experienced” court and tribunal staff to deal with routine matters usually dealt with by judges. This may be a positive step as it will allow less complex matters to be dealt with more quickly and efficiently be the courts. This Act is expected to be the first of several law changes that will modernise our current court system.
If you require any further assistance with regards to personal injury matters then please contact a member of our litigation team.