Whiplash Reform news: Civil Liability Bill delayed

Whiplash Reform news: Civil Liability Bill delayed

31st July 2018

The controversial planned reforms to the personal injury sector covered by the Civil Liability Bill have been delayed by a year, from April 2019 to April 2020.

The plans involve raising the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000, meaning, effectively, nobody would be reclaim legal fees for any claim under that value, such as whiplash. It would means legal representation in those cases was not cost effective, and people would need to represent themselves in any whiplash claims after April 2020.

In order to still give people a level of access to justice, an online platform must be created in order to allow people to represent themselves. The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that is has delayed the introduction of any aspect of the bill by a further year, over concerns about the implementation of this platform.

The section of the Civil Liability Bill that applies to the way the discount rate is calculated has not been affected by this delay and will be introduced next April.

Meanwhile, the proposals are still being fought. It has been confirmed that a group of Labour MPs have co-signed an early day motion that is aimed at preventing the small claims limit from being increased.