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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

Government announces extension to fixed recoverable costs, 08 Sep 2021
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

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