Small claims courts ‘failing the public’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 11th, 2014 in costs, delay, news, small claims by sally

‘Increasing costs and lengthy delays before hearings are causing people to shun small claims courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th April 2014

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Civil justice reform – another crack in the wall? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The government’s response to the consultation paper on whiplash claims has recently been published. Within it, the government scraps the idea of raising the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000; a measure which would capture most road traffic claims in the UK. It was seen by many as a pivotal brick in the Jackson campaign for proportionate costs, as it would fix the costs entitlement for most whiplash claims at fixed commencement costs for small claims. This would net a significant saving in adverse costs payments at a national level. So, why was a measure of seemingly vital importance discarded so summarily by the government?”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 15th November 2013

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Prosecute professionals who stay silent on child abuse claims – Keir Starmer – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2013 in child abuse, news, prosecutions, small claims, social services, teachers, witnesses by sally

“Teachers and health workers should be prosecuted for failing to alert the police to allegations of child abuse, according to the former director of public prosecutions, who is calling for an overhaul of the law to prevent more victims from slipping through the net.”

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The Guardian, 4th November 2013

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MoJ decides against increase in small claims track limit – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Ministry of Justice will today confirm there is to be no increase in the small claims court limit.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd October 2013

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New curbs on whiplash fraud – Daily Telegraph

“All whiplash victims will have to be assessed by accredited doctors as ministers look to cut the bill faced by insurers and the premiums paid by motorists.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd Ocotber 2013

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Changes to Civil Procedure Rules and court costs made in April 2013 – OUT-LAW.com

“From 1 April 2013 a number of changes to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPRs) governing court action in England and Wales took effect. This is a summary of those changes.”

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OUT-LAW.com, May 2013

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Whiplash crackdown – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 12th, 2012 in compensation, consultations, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

“New measures to bring down the number and cost of whiplash claims, including speculative and fraudulent applications has been announced today [11th December].”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th December 2012

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Reducing the number and cost of whiplash claims – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 11th, 2012 in consultations, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

“The Government is committed to finding ways of tackling fraudulent and exaggerated whiplash claims, whilst ensuring that people who have suffered a genuine neck injury should continue to be able to get appropriate compensation. However, increases in claims for compensation relating to whiplash injuries are having a significant impact on the motor insurance premiums paid by individuals, families and businesses.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th December 2012

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Whiplash proposals target fraudulent claims with increase in RTA small claims limit to £5,000 – Litigation Futures

Posted December 11th, 2012 in compensation, consultations, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

“The government will today finally unveil its long-awaited consultation on increasing the small claims limit for road traffic personal injury cases from £1,000 to £5,000, a move that would decimate the workload of many law firms.”

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Litigation Futures, 11th December 2012

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Protecting creativity: new small claims track for IP cases – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2012 in copyright, intellectual property, news, patents, small claims, trade marks by sally

“Until now taking legal action against others who copy creative work, brand names and logos or otherwise try to take advantage of someone else’s creativity has been beyond the reach of most people. That changes on Monday when the small claims track becomes available for intellectual property claims in England and Wales.”

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2012

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Suffer Little Children – Zenith Chambers

“On 24 February, the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment in the joined appeals of Dockerill & Healey -v- Tullett, Macefield -v- Bakos and Tubridy -v- Sarwar. The decision may have a significant impact on whether claimant solicitors continue to represent children in personal injury claims where likely damages will be less than £1,000.”

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Zenith Chambers, 10th May 2012

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‘Cheaper, quicker and less daunting’ justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 9th, 2012 in arbitration, civil justice, news, small claims by sally

“Individuals and businesses will find it cheaper, quicker and less daunting to resolve their disputes in civil courts, through new measures announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 9th February 2012

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Small claims court limit may rise – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2011 in news, small claims by sally

“Ministers are consulting on tripling the value of disputes that can be handled by the small claims court as part of a radical shake-up of the civil justice system. The Ministry of Justice is looking at increasing the value of cases that can be brought in the fast-track procedure for low-value civil cases from £5,000 to £15,000 from next April.”

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The Guardian, 29th May 2011

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Clarke announces major overhaul of civil justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 31st, 2011 in consultations, costs, courts, fees, press releases, small claims by sally

“The first major overhaul of the civil justice system in 15 years and reform of controversial ‘no win no fee’ deals were announced by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 29th March 2011

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Clarke stamping out compensation culture fears – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 31st, 2011 in arbitration, costs, courts, fees, press releases, small claims by sally

“Fears that a damaging compensation culture and an unwieldy justice system is costing businesses millions of pounds and deterring deserving individuals from using the justice system are to be tackled under plans announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 29th March 2011

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Kenneth Clarke unveils plans to tackle compensation culture – The Guardian

Posted March 30th, 2011 in compensation, costs, fees, lord chancellor, news, small claims by sally

“Proposals to tackle Britain’s ‘damaging compensation culture’, control legal costs and divert cases from courtrooms into online resolution have been unveiled by the justice secretary.”

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The Guardian, 29th March 2011

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Bank claims deluge legal service – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2007 in banking, news, small claims by sally

“The government’s Money Claim Online small claims service (MCOL) is being overwhelmed by claims for bank charges.” 

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BBC News, 8th June 2007

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Claimant PI lawyers hail Falconer plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 27th, 2007 in news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

“Lord Falconer stunned lawyers last week by unexpectedly announcing that the small claims limit for personal injury cases would remain unchanged.” 

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th April 2007

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Personal injury limit to remain – Financial Times

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

“To the relief of claimant lawyers and against the wishes of insurers, the government yesterday recommended that the £1,000 limit for personal injury claims that can heard in the small claims court should remain unchanged.”

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Financial Times, 21st April 2007

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