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Government announces consultation on massive changes to claims system

In November 2015, George Osborne surprised many in his Budget speech by recommending an increase in the Small Claims Track (SCT) limit for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000 and also stopping or reducing compensation for ‘minor’ soft-tissue injuries, which are mainly whiplash injuries arising out of Road Traffic Accidents. Now, 12 months on, […]

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Motor insurers seeking more reforms for car accident claims

In recent years, the Association of British Insurers (ABI), which represents all insurance companies in the country, has successfully lobbied the Government to introduce a number of measures aimed at tackling fraudulent claims and deter what it considers to be a ‘compensation culture’ in the UK, in particular for whiplash injury car accident claims. The […]

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More changes to the personal injury claims process considered

Insurers have complained for years that the personal injury claims system, in particular for Road Traffic Accidents, has spiralled out of control and that everyone in the country is paying over the odds for their insurance policies. Despite the claims system having changed substantially in April 2013 with the Jackson reforms, the Ministry of Justice […]

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Ministry of Justice confirms personal injury claim changes

This week the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, announced that rumoured changes to the claims portals system are definitely coming into force shortly. In 2010 the Road Traffic Accident (RTA) Portal was introduced as an online system with the aim of making it easier for Claimant solicitors and Defendant insurers to deal with […]

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Claims portal expansion runs into problems

In April 2010, the Ministry of Justice introduced the RTA Portal, with the aim of making the motor claims process more efficient. The portal was developed as a modern, online method of handling motor claims of between £1,000 and £10,000, enabling lawyers and insurers to easily communicate and ultimately be a pro-active settlement method. It […]

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Government plans radical injury claim changes

For the past few years, the insurance industry, Government and media have suggested that the country has a growing compensation culture and have taken measures to stop what they perceive as ambulance-chasing Claimant lawyers. In April 2013, the Jackson reforms will come into place, which are aimed at tackling some of those issues with personal […]

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Great expert-ations

For almost 400 years expert witnesses have been immune from being sued over a breach of the duty they owe to their client in relation to their involvement in legal proceedings. However, in the case of Jones –v- Kaneya majority of the Supreme Court ruled that this immunity should be abolished. The facts of the […]

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It’s time to be straight!

In the third of our series of blogs we concentrate on claims made against you by passengers in your car and the importance of disclosure of information to your own insurers. You’ll remember that the particular scenario that we are using is where you are the driver with two passengers in your car and, unfortunately, […]

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It’s insurance Jim, but not as we know it!

In the second of our series of blogs we concentrate on what happens to your car when it is damaged. You’ll remember that the particular scenario that we are using is where you are the driver with two passengers in your car and, unfortunately, through misadvertance you fail to realise that the car in front […]

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‘Ambulance Chasing’: A free for all?

It is a jungle out there and the prey is the person who has had an accident. This is regrettable to say the least. A lot can happen after an accident and in a series of blogs we will develop themes from one particular scenario and take you through various aspects arising. The scenario that […]

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