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APIL response to Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill written ministerial statement

15 Jun 2014
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Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill

Statement from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Legislation to protect “everyday heroes” from the risk of being sued for negligence already exists. From what is known so far, this Bill covers old ground in the Compensation Act 2006 and is therefore a waste of parliamentary time. The courts already consider whether steps taken to provide a standard of care would have resulted in the prevention of a „desirable activity?, or discourage people from taking part.

The problem the Government describes lies with the perception of health and safety and civil justice, and misunderstandings about the legal system. Education, not further legislation, is the answer.

Past statements and comments

Civil Liability Bill debate on whiplash reform in the House of Lords - reaction from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), 13 Jun 2018
Reaction from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to the Justice Select Committee report on increasing the small claims limit for personal injury (17 May 2018), 17 May 2018
Fixed costs for personal injury claims against the NHS: APIL response, 15 Feb 2018
MoJ decides on April 2019 to implement whiplash reforms, 12 Feb 2018
APIL's response to the Justice Select Committee report , 30 Nov 2017
APIL's reaction to a court of appeal ruling in relation to eligibility for bereavement damages, 28 Nov 2017
Rapid resolution and redress scheme , 28 Nov 2017
Reaction to Government's response to consultation on setting the discount rate, 07 Sep 2017

More past statements

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