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Small Claims limit remains at £10,000.00

Following The Ministry of Justice’s response to the Transport Committee's whiplash consultation it has confirmed that the Small Claims Track limit in relation to personal injury matters will not be raised; Justice Secretary Chris Grayling stated that there were “good arguments” for increasing the limit to £5,000.00 for all road traffic accidents to encourage insurers to challenge suspect claims.  But he said “At the same time, we have listened to the views of the transport committee and others that now may not be the right time to raise the small claims limit because of the risks that it may deter access to justice for the genuinely injured and encourage the growth of those disreputable claims firms which so damage the industry.  At this stage, we have decided to defer any increase in the small claims track until we can determine the impact of our wider reforms on motor insurance premiums and better safeguard against the risks.”


Law Society’s response to proposed introduction of fixed recoverable costs for mesothelioma claims

In response to the government’s consultation on reforming mesothelioma claims, the Law Society have stated: “Introducing fixed recoverable costs is highly likely in practice to lower the grade of fee-earner conducting the work, leading to worse outcomes for the claimant. It is also likely to inhibit the future development of further practitioner specialism in this area.”