Society challenges government’s ‘concern’ for road accident victims – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Plans to increase the small claims limit will create difficulties for road accident victims, the Law Society has warned, as the government begins considering more than 9,000 responses to its proposals for tougher punishment for dangerous drivers.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd February 2017

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Judiciary issues warning to government over impact of PI reform – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2017 in consultations, insurance, judiciary, news, small claims by tracey

‘The judiciary has weighed into the debate about raising the small claims limit for personal injury by expressing “serious dismay” about the lack of consultation with judges and warning the government that any savings are likely to be outweighed by the significant extra burden litigants in person (LiPs) will put on the small claims court.’

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Legal Futures, 19th January 2017

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Government forecast on impact of PI reforms “skewed against lawyers”, say economists – Legal Futures

‘The government’s own assessment of the impact of its planned personal injury reforms “makes the implicit assumption that solicitors, and the civil justice system as a whole, produce no benefits to society”, according to independent economists.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2017

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Whiplash reforms treat victims ‘like an inconvenience’ – APIL – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 5th, 2017 in consultations, fraud, legal profession, news, personal injuries, small claims, victims by tracey

‘Claimant lawyers have mounted an all-out attack on the government’s plans to overhaul the personal injury sector as the deadline approaches for responses to a consultation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th January 2017

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CJC group urges government to consider online system for PI small claims – Legal Futures

Posted December 12th, 2016 in Civil Justice Council, courts, internet, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘Personal injury (PI) claims that fall into an enlarged small claims track under government reforms should be dealt with online rather than in court, an expert Civil Justice Council (CJC) group has suggested to the Ministry of Justice.’

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Legal Futures, 9th December 2016

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Breathing space for PI lawyers? Reforms unlikely to have impact until 2018 – Legal Futures

Posted November 21st, 2016 in civil procedure rules, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘The government has indicated that its plans for personal injury reform will not become law for well over a year.’

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Legal Futures, 21st November 2016

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Claimants with minor injuries “don’t need lawyers”, says government – Legal Futures

‘Low-value road traffic accident claims “are not so complex that claimants routinely require legal representation to pursue them”, the government has argued – and suggested that claims management companies and paid McKenzie Friends could help instead.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2016

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Finally – insurers get it in the neck for not passing on whiplash savings – Legal Futures

‘The insurance industry had a taste of its own PR medicine over the weekend after The Times accused insurers of “cheating motorists” by not passing on whiplash savings.’

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Legal Futures, 30th August 2016

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Breaking: ‘minimal assistance’ from lawyers in online court – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A long-awaited report on the future of civil courts has recommended a new online court for dealing with all monetary claims up to £25,000.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2016

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IT revolution “should keep low-value cases out of the courts altogether”, says MoJ official – Litigation futures

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in electronic filing, news, small claims by sally

‘The civil courts need to learn from the ombudsman model, “whereby huge numbers of relatively low value or low stakes cases are resolved simply, quickly and cheaply by avoiding hearings all together”, according to the civil servant in charge of digitising the courts.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd July 2016

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Overseas model for Briggs’ online court goes live – Legal Futures

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in electronic filing, news, small claims by sally

‘The pioneering online small claims court thought to be the model for England and Wales was launched in Canada last week when the Act moving it from voluntary to mandatory claims came into force.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2016

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Staking a claim – New Law Journal

‘Kerry Underwood concludes his 60th birthday tour with a master class on small claims, portals & Pt 36.’

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New Law Journal, 3rd June 2016

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APIL 2016: no retreat on personal injury reform, says justice minister – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 5th, 2016 in consultations, damages, insurance, news, personal injuries, small claims by tracey

‘Justice minister Lord Faulks today indicated that there will be no retreat on far-reaching and controversial plans to reform the personal injury sector.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th May 2016

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Credit Hire Charges Remain in Protocol – Stage 3 Procedure Appropriate – Not Appropriate to Reallocate to Part 7 – Zenith PI Blog

Posted April 26th, 2016 in appeals, civil procedure rules, news, small claims by sally

‘In Phillips v Willis the Court of Appeal held that it was wrong in law and “irrational” for a claim proceeding via the low-value RTA Protocol to be reallocated to the small claims track simply because only hire charges remained in dispute. The claim should properly have been dealt with at a Stage 3 hearing.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 25th April 2016

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CA: judge wrong to move hire costs dispute from RTA process to small claims court – Litigation Futures

Posted April 25th, 2016 in appeals, costs, damages, fees, insurance, news, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘A district judge was wrong to move a dispute over hire car costs from stage 3 of the RTA protocol to the small claims court, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd April 2016

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Four-year target for ‘digital court’ in England ambitious, but not unworkable, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 19th, 2016 in courts, electronic filing, news, small claims by sally

‘An ambitious new report proposes digitising all court processes in England and Wales within four years – but this, as the report itself recognises, will require significant behavioural changes from practitioners if it is to come to fruition.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th February 2016

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Interim review of civil courts proposes online court for claims up to £25,000 – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 14th, 2016 in civil justice, consultations, courts, internet, news, reports, small claims by sally

‘There is a clear and pressing need to create an online court for claims up to £25,000, a senior judge has said in his interim review of the civil courts structure in England and Wales.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2016

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Set up online courtrooms to cut lawyers out of legal process, says official report – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 13th, 2016 in consultations, electronic filing, news, reports, small claims by sally

‘Senior judge says civil cases up to £25,000 should be carried out in ‘paperless’ courts with most work done by admin staff rather than judges or lawyers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th January 2016

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Autumn Statement: £5k small claims limit and end to general damages in whiplash – Legal Futures

Posted November 26th, 2015 in budgets, courts, damages, news, personal injuries, small claims by tracey

‘The government is set to remove the right to general damages for minor soft tissue injuries and increase the small claims limit for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000, it was announced in the Autumn Statement today.’

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Legal Futures, 25th November 2015

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Court of Appeal: Tenants on small claims track can be ordered to pay more than costs of issue – Litigation Futures

‘County courts can order tenants on the small claims track (SCT) to pay more than the costs of issuing the claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’
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Litigation Futures, 6th August 2015

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