Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Westminster

Bills

Name of BillType of BillCurrent stage
Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) BillGovernment BillAwaiting date for House of Lords second reading
 

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill

The Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill would introduce a six-year civil litigation longstop. The longstop will apply to claims made for personal injury and death caused by negligence during overseas operations, as well claims made under the Human Rights Act 1998. 

The only apparent rationale for these proposals is that personal injury claims against the Minsitry of Defence (MoD) are brought late, and the restriction "would be benefical to Armed Forces personnel and veterans". This is an extraordinary claim by the Government, which has provided no real evidence or example how personnel and veterans will benefit. Only the MoD will benefit, as it will escape responsbility for some of those who are injured through its own negligence.

APIL's briefing for House of Commons second reading can be read here.

APIL's briefing for House of Commons committee stage can be read here.

A letter about the Bill from APIL President Sam Elsby to regional press can be read here.  

A comment piece on the Bill by APIL president Sam Elsby published by The Law Society Gazette can be read here.
 

Botulinum Toxin and Cosemtic Fillers (Children) Bill

The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill is a Private Members' Bill introduced by Conservative MP Laura Trott. The aim of the Bill is to make it a criminal offence for someone to adminster Botox or cosemtic fillers to those under 18 years of age. 

APIL has used the Bill as an opportunity to warn MPs that those injured through negligent treatment are vulnerable to further hardship. The lack of compuslory public liability insurance risks those injured people from receiving any compensation.
 

Draft Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020 extended the eligibility of bereavement damages in England and Wales to couples who have lived together for at least two years. We have long campaigned for reform of bereavement damages, and this remedial order is welcome.

The Government has, however, failed to take this opportunity to address the wider unfairness of statutory bereavement damages in England and Wales. This failure is unacceptable. The Government's refusal even to consider further reform is a snub to bereaved families and flies in the face of consistent lobbying for modernisation of the law, and a clear recommendation from the Joint Committee on Human Rights for a consultation on reform because the law is "discriminatory against certain close family members".

APIL's parliamentary briefing on the remedial order can be read here
 

Civil Liability Act 2018

The Civil Liability Act 2018 was passed by Parliament in November 2018. The Act allows the Lord Chancellor to introduce a tariff for certain claims for whiplash injuries, and amends how the Personal Injury Discount Rate is set in England and Wales. The changes to whiplash claims are expected to come into force in April 2021, and secondary legislation will be required to set the new tariff. We lobbied MPs and peers through the legislative journey of the Civil Liability Act, and APIL's previous parliamentary briefings can be found below - 

Civil Liability Bill APIL fact checker

House of Lords second reading briefing

House of Lords report stage briefing

House of Lords third reading briefing

House of Commons second reading briefing

House of Commons committee stage briefing

House of Commons report stage briefing


Select committees

Health and Social Care Select Committee

In July 2020 the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee launched an inquiry into the safety of maternity services in England. As part of the call for evidence, the committee asked for views on 'the contribution of clinical negligence and litigation processes to maternity safety, and what changes could be made to clinical negligence and litigation processes to improve the safety of maternity services'.  

Litigation is a product of poor safety standards: litgiation highlights failures within maternity services and provides learning opportunities, but only the NHS has the ability to learn from its mistakes. After concerns from APIL members that learning opportunities are being missed, we have recommended the establishment of an NHS learning and improvement database, where the public will be able to monitor what recommendations and learning opportunities have been identified, and whether or not they have been implemented.  

APIL's evidence can be read here.

Joint Committee on Human Rights

In July 2020 the Joint Committee on Human Rights published a call for evidence as part of its legislative scrutiny of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill

APIL's evidence can be read here. 

In March 2020 the Joint Committee on Human Rights published a call for evidence as part of its scrutiny of the draft Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020. The prupose of the order is to extend the eligibility of bereavement damages in England and Wales to some cohabiting couples. 

APIL's evidence can be read here

The joint committee's report can be read here.

The latest call for evidence follows the joint committee's previous inquiry in 2019 on the draft Remedial Order.

APIL's evidence to that inquiry can be read here.

The joint committee's report can be read here.

The Government's response can be read here

 


Get Involved

We always welcome input from our members and have found this a great help in the past, particularly with our campaign on the small claims court. If you would like any more information on our current campaigns, or how you can get involved and help us fight for the rights of injured people, please contact Sam Ellis, public affairs officer on 0115 943 5426 or by clicking here.

APIL members can read more about our campaign activity in our membership publications.