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

Government announces extension to fixed recoverable costs

08 Sep 2021
APIL news

APIL president Neil McKinley said:

 

“The Government has decided to go ahead with plans to force ‘simpler’ cases valued between £25,000 and £100,000 into a fixed costs regime, because doing so would avoid the complexity and implementation costs of a more tailored approach. This misses the point that most personal injury cases really are complex and cannot simply be shoe-horned into a simpler system with which they are just not compatible. Employers’ liability disease claims, for example, can be incredibly complex, as can product liability claims, yet both categories of claim are to be included in this new system.

 

"The Ministry of Justice has also provided little detail about how this will work, leaving it to ‘the parties and judges’ to work that out. That will take time and, until we get clarity on these matters, injured people will be subjected to a great deal of uncertainty at a time when they are very vulnerable.”

Past statements and comments

Department of Justice to set the personal injury discount rate in Northern Ireland at -1.75 per cent, 26 Mar 2021
Whiplash reforms delayed from April 2021 to May 2021, 11 Jan 2021
APIL statement following ministerial announcement to delay whiplash reforms until April 2021, 21 Apr 2020
Reactionary statement following inflationary increase to bereavement damages, 20 Mar 2020
Implementation of the whiplash reform programme, 27 Feb 2020
Response to Scottish personal injury discount rate announcement, 30 Sep 2019
Government responds to MedCo consultation - APIL statement, 05 Sep 2019
Lord Chancellor announces discount rate change – APIL response, 15 Jul 2019

More past statements

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