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16th June 2017 - National Accident Helpline departing from 'aggressive' personal injury claims marketing...
The claims management company announced a new customer focused 'ethical' marketing model following a £1 million rebrand, with the theme of 'When it’s wrong, make it right'... Claims Media



9th June 2017 - Claimant group says firms are making fraudulent holiday claims
A2J, a vocal opponent for PI reforms, has spoken out over the rising surge of holiday sickness claims, saying it is now time for those within the industry to report those suspected of malpractice... Law Society Gazette

2nd June 2017 - MedCo disciplines dozens of doctors for late reports
The body overseeing the regulation of whiplash doctors confirmed it has suspended 23 medical reporting organisations and 14 direct medical experts for failure to upload medical case data to the system... Law Society Gazette

26th May 2017 - Families will be held 'hostage' by 'crude' birth injury scheme 
Claimant lawyers responding to the Department of Health’s consultation on a voluntary 'rapid resolution and redress scheme' for childbirth injuries say it will 'railroad' families out of pursuing compensation for long term care of brain-damaged babies... Solicitors Journal

19th May 2017 - Conservative manifesto pledges to crack down on whiplash and consider banning PI calls
The Conservative party’s newly published manifesto claims that an incoming Tory government would reduce the cost of car insurance premiums by ‘cracking down on exaggerated and fraudulent’ whiplash claims and consider banning personal injury cold calling completely... Solicitors Journal

12th May 2017 - Nuisance call firm Keurboom hit with record fine
Cold-calling firm Keurboom Communications has been fined a record £400,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for making almost 100 million nuisance calls about RTA and insurance-policy compensation... BBC News

5th May 2017 - 'Pointless' fixed costs risk patient safety
Claimant lawyers argue that the Department of Health's proposals to fix recoverable costs in low-value clinical negligence cases are flawed as they are based on inaccurate cost estimates, 'fanciful' time analysis, and the false premise that lower-value claims are less complex... Solicitors Journal

28th April 2017 - AA says drivers will 'despair' at Prisons and Courts Bill election postponement hdl
The bill, which contains reforms to how whiplash injures are compensated, has been dropped by the Government due to parliament shutting down in preparation for the unplanned election. The AA says drivers will 'despair' that the 'whiplash gravy train' has been given 'the green light to carry on'... Claims Media

21st April 2017 - More than 800 women sue NHS and manufacturers over vaginal mesh implants
But the medical regulator claims the best current evidence supports the continued use of mesh implants to resolve health conditions that could themselves cause serious distress to patients... The Guardian

7th April 2017 - Successful landmark private prosecution over a fraudulent road traffic accident claim
Hill Dickinson, acting for car hire company Accident Exchange, brought a private prosecution against two fraudulent claimants. They eventually entered guilty pleas to two counts of fraud by false representation, shortly before the trial was due to begin... Legal Futures

31st March 2017 - ABI says that increase in inflation requires a 'more sensible' Discount Rate
Huw Evans, director general of the Association of British Insurers, said the increase in inflation to above the Bank of England’s target has made the Discount Rate cut 'even more absurd'... Claims Media

24th March 2017 - Economists debunk industry claims that whiplash crackdown will result in lower premiums
A Capital Economics report commissioned by Access to Justice has found that the insurance industry is less competitive than the government have assumed and that rising insurance prices have been partly due to low interest rates since the financial crisis... Independent

17th March 2017 - Peers warn that certain types of driverless vehicles may be unsafe
The Lords Science and Technology Committee said that over-reliance on technology could mean drivers react slowly to taking back control of a semi-autonomous vehicle in an emergency... BBC News

10th March 2017 - Claims farmer fined £270k for making 22million unwanted calls
The ICO imposed the penalty against Basingstoke-based Road Accident Consult, trading as Media Tactics for making marketing calls about injury cliams, PPI and debt management, with a recorded message when it did not have the necessary permission... Law Society Gazette

3rd March 2017 - Shock at huge discount rate change but government also promises reform...
Despite having undertaken an exhaustive consultation process on the discount rate over the past four years, Lord Chancellor Liz Truss also promised a new consultation before Easter on options for reform to prevent such uncertainties in future, such as an independent body, more frequent reviews, and a possible change of methodology... Litigation Futures

24th February 2017 - Insurers should brace themselves for a wave of claims from former football players with dementia
The warning comes from Clyde & Co's head of accident and health, following the publication of a study by University College London on dementia among retired professional footballers... Claims Media

17th February 2017 - English local authorities paid >£35m compensation and legal fees in the past 5 years to people living in 'unfit' homes...
Almost 11,000 tenants have claimed compensation for damp, leaks and damage in their council homes, with the number of 'disrepair' claims rising despite a fall in 'unfit' homes since 2011... BBC News

10th February 2017 - Solicitors and CMCs probed over 'surge' in holiday sickness claims
The claims regulator is investigating relationships between claims management companies and solicitors following an ABTA claim that CMCs have moved onto holiday sickness cases as more lucrative sources of work than whiplash... Legal Futures

3rd February 2017 - Minister lukewarm on PI cold-calls ban
Justice minister Sir Oliver Heald suggested a ban on cold calls would have little effect because those responsible are unregulated anyway... Law Society Gazette

27th January 2017 - 31,000 Jobs at risk from PI reforms
An economics consultancy commissioned by Access 2 Justice has said that 31,000 jobs at law firms and other businesses in the PI sector are at 'high risk' of being lost if the government presses ahead with its reform agenda... Legal Futures

20th January 2017 - MoJ accused of using RTA data 'selectively'
PI lawyers have accused the Ministry of Justice of cherry-picking data to justify its policy agenda that they say undermines the rights of motor accident victims... Solicitors Journal

13th January 2017 - CMCs have 'hijacked' the provision of legal services
A solicitor has told the Solicitors Journal that case management companies 'steal and market spurious legitimacy', thus damaging the entire sector and a making it 'a matter of embarrassment to practitioners'... Solicitors Journal

6th January 2017 - Lawyers hit out over whiplash
Lawyers have condemned government plans to raise the small claims limit and curb the right to claim for whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries... New Law Journal

16th December 2016 - PI lawyers hope marketplace reforms in 2017 aren’t 'done deals'
Much energy is being spent trying to influence the government's whiplash and small claims reform, as well as Lord Justice Jackson's plans on extending multi-track fixed costs. Solicitors Journal

9th December 2016 - Government forced to stop dragging its heels after claimant lawyers launch legal challenge...
Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss, has been forced into announcing the result of a long-overdue review of the discount rate for PI claims, following a threat of legal action by APIL. Solicitors Journal

2nd December 2016 - Small claims limit increase will hit 140,000 non-motor cases per year, says National Accident Helpline
Government plans to increase the PI small claims limit to £5,000 will affect over 140,000 non-whiplash related cases every year, such as injuries at work or from negligence, according to National Accident Helpline, which used data from the Compensation Recovery Unit to show that the increase will affect over 800,000 claims per year. Claims Media

25th November 2016 - Autumn Statement angers claimant lawyers
Claimant PI lawyers are wondering why the government announced a ban on cold-calling in relation to pensions, but not personal injuries, and whether the chancellor let slip that the whiplash reforms are a done deal. Legal Futures

18th November 2016 - Government says insurers will pass on £1 billion of savings if whiplash claim reforms go through
Consultation paper outlines plans to scrap the right to compensation or cap the amount people can claim for minor whiplash injuries at £425 and only with a medical report as proof of injury. Claims Media

11th November 2016 - MoJ whiplash reform plans could come 'within days'
Insurance Post reports being told by a senior Medco source that the Ministry of Justice could outline its plans to tackle whiplash 'within the next 10 days'... Post Online

4th November 2016 - Facebook blocks Admiral pricing insurance based on customers' Facebook posts
Admiral Insurance had designed an algorithm which judges certain words and punctuation in social media posts to identify users with reckless personalities who are therefore more likely to be bad drivers. However Facebook said using personal data to set prices is a breach of it's terms. Independent

27th October 2016 - SRA promises review of PI sector as MRO 'shell' companies are barred by MoJ...
A Solicitors Regulation Authority survey says there are still concerns about the diversification of claimant firms into new injury types and the 'prevalence' of dishonest or frivolous claims. Solicitors Journal

21st October 2016 - One in 20 European patients catch an infection while in hospital and 90,000 die each year
The first study of hospital-acquired infections in European hospitals has revealed the health impact of these infections is twice the combined burden of 32 infections caught outside hospitals, including flu, HIV and tuberculosis. New Scientist

14th October 2016 - Self-driving Mercedes will be programmed to sacrifice pedestrians to save the driver
The company's manager of driverless car safety, Christoph von Hugo says that Mercedes will avoid 'trolley problem' style ethics choices and program its cars to save the vehicle's occupants in every situation. Fast Company

7th October 2016 - New bill of costs to become compulsory from October 2017
Litigation Futures says that the new format bill of costs is set to become compulsory in a year's time after the rule committee decoupled it from mandatory use of the J-Codes. Litigation Futures

29th September 2016 - Semi Autonomous cars could increase distracted driving accidents
The current generation of semi-autonomous cars can handle highway driving surprisingly well, but can lull drivers into distraction, risking an increase in the number of avoidable fatalities. MIT Technology Review

23rd September 2016 - Germany to create world’s first highway code for driverless cars
The three laws of robotic cars will put them on the same legal footing as human drivers and place liability for collisions on the manufacturers. New Scientist

16th September 2016 - Mobile phone use while driving has reached 'epidemic proportions'
Research by the RAC found that the number of people who admit to use mobile phones while driving in Britain has soared from 8% in 2014 to 31% this year because they have no fear of being caught. International Business Times

9th September 2016 - Insurer says 80% of UK car insurance claims are for whiplash compared to 3% in France
Aviva said that 76% per cent of an average car insurance premium goes towards claims costs including almost half to cover third party personal injury claims. This is Money

2nd September 2016 - Report says air pollution is neglected by both Defra and the Department for Transport, shortens the lives of over 50,000 people per year...
Dr Chatterton, co-author of the research presented to the Royal Geographical Society, said 'Air pollution-related morbidity and mortality are at epidemic levels - and, although less obvious, are more significant than road transport collisions as a cause of death and injury'. BBC News

26th August 2016 - MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads
Scientists estimate that 15 to 51 trillion pieces of microplastic are in the world's oceans and an average plate of oysters could contain up to 50 plastic particles. Sky News

18th August 2016 - Study says ABSs may 'dominate in high-volume legal services'
Academics argue that regulatory reform that extended ownership rights to non-lawyers was the key change that challenged the partnership model... Legal Futures

12th August 2016 - Exchange Chambers in credit hire 'supercar' success
The claimant obtained costs for a hired Mercedes SLS AMG coupe to replace his damaged McLaren MP4 despite also owning two Aston Martins, a BMW 5 Series and a Range Rover. Exchange Chambers says the case has further clarified the rules under which the party-at-fault may be responsible for the other party's credit hire fees... Claims Media

5th August 2016 - Claimant who only beat part 36 offer because of post-Brexit fall in sterling denied usual rewards...
The claimant was denied enhanced interest, indemnity costs and additional £75,000 payment given the sums at stake. The offer had been made in sterling but the judgment was in US dollars... Litigation Futures

28th July 2016 - Supreme Court says insurers can revisit PI settlements after discovering fraud
Overturning the appeal court's decision, Lord Clarke said: 'It is difficult to envisage any circumstances in which mere suspicion that a claim was fraudulent would preclude unravelling a settlement when fraud is subsequently established'... Litigation Futures

22nd July 2016 - Just one fifth of accident victims know how to make a personal injury claim
A YouGov poll commissioned by National Accident Helpline found that just 22% of adults who made a claim felt confident about it, while 26% were nervous about the process, 19% felt daunted and intimidated, and 10% worried about what others would think... Litigation Futures

15th July 2016 - Research shows that humans can’t be trusted to supervise semi-autonomous cars
Safety agency will likely consider whether expectations that drivers can supervise Tesla Autopilot are unreasonable... Technology Review

8th July 2016 - Brexit will not change push to reform personal injury small claims
Access to Justice (A2J) has suggested that political turmoil following the Brexit vote may push personal injury reform proposals down the government's agenda. Claims Mag

1st July 2016 - US opens investigation after first fatal crash in a self driving car
A fatal accident in which the driver of a Tesla Model S operating in Autopilot mode was killed in a collision with a truck has prompted an investigation by federal highway safety regulators. Reuters

24th June 2016 - 213 Models of diesel cars found to switch to emergency high pollution mode at 18c instead of freezing temperatures...
Testing company Emissions Analytics told the BBC it measured a significant rise in poisonous gas emissions from a wide range of models from 31 manufacturers. BBC News

17th June 2016 - Official fraud stats are 'spurious', legal campaigners claim...
Campaign group Access to Justice says the claim that fraud adds £50 to the average insurance premium is just 'plain wrong' and The Association of British Insurers has inflated the financial impact of fraud to aid its lobbying efforts... Insurance Post

10th June 2016 - UK's first driverless car insurance policy launched
Over half of new cars sold now contain some kind of autonomous features, and finally here's the first insurance policy to cater for them as well as protecting against hacking, failed software udpates, etc. Computing

3rd June 2016 - Government delays fixed costs in clinical negligence cases
The Department of Health has now confirmed that the introduction of fixed costs for clinical negligence cases will not go ahead on 1st October as previously planned. Solicitors Journal

26th May 2016 - Whiplash: George Osborne’s Modest Proposal
Cloisters column on the chancellor's proposals EDF.org.uk

20th May 2016 - Superbugs could kill 10 million people per year
A government report says medicine could be 'cast back into the dark ages' due to people treating antibiotics 'like sweets'. BBC News

13th May 2016 - MoJ unit raids two claims management companies
Investigators teamed up with police to make arrests in connection with two businesses thought to be at the centre of large scale and sophisticated cold-calling operations. FT Adviser

6th May 2016 - ABI welcomes minister’s pledge to push ahead with claims reforms
The ABI has welcomed justice minister Lord Faulks’s pledge to push ahead with the government’s proposed whiplash reforms. Insurance Times

29th April 2016 - 60% say whiplash crackdown unfair - poll
Nearly 60% of people think the government’s crackdown on whiplash claims is unfair, according to a survey commissioned by Access2Justice, which is campaigning against the plans. Insurance Times

22nd April 2016 - Drivers who fail to wear prescription glasses are four times more likely to have a crash
A survey by Direct Line insurance found that 16% of drivers have had an accident in the last two years, but this figure soars to 67% for those who chose not to wear their spectacles. This is especially worrying as 26% of all drivers admitted to sometimes or often not wearing their glasses while driving. This Is Money

15th April 2016 - Firms unite to fight Osborne’s PI reform plans
A2J (Access to Justice) has financial backing from 38 firms and has accused insurers of deliberately misleading ministers to obtain legislation which favours them. Law Society Gazette

8th April 2016 - Asthma is 'over-diagnosed and trivialised'
Two asthma specialists have warned about overdiagnosis and inhalers becoming almost 'fashion accessories' despite side-effects that should not be ignored. BBC News

1st April 2016 - Renowned musician suing Royal Opera House for ruined hearing
Viola player Chris Goldscheider claims his hearing was irreversibly damaged by brass instruments immediately behind him. Royal Opera House denies responsibility, but around one quarter of its players suffer hearing illnesses. BBC News

24th March 2016 - Experts say variation in birth care in England is 'concerning'
A warning by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' follows a review over 550,000 births which found 'substantial variation' in practice between maternity units. BBC News

18th March 2016 - Jackson takes hard line on firm's late court document
Lord Justice Jackson sitting in the Court of Appeal has upheld a £211000 claim that was won by default when the defendant missed their final chance to submit a court document. Law Society Gazette

11th March 2016 - APIL says cold calling for PI claims should be banned
Speaking at the Motor Insurance Summit, APIL chief executive Deborah Evans told delegates that an end to cold calling was essential to reduce fraud and restore credibility to the claims sector. Solicitors Journal

4th March 2016 - Knauer v MoJ changes PI law...
In the landmark case concerning the appropriate date for the assessment of multipliers in claims brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, the Supreme Court has held that the date of trial is the relevant date. New Law Journal

26th February 2016 - Court of Appeal says fixed costs are trumped by Part 36 offer
In two joined-up hearings concerning low-level RTA claims, Lord Dyson said that assessed costs should trump fixed costs where claimants secure more than they had offered to settle for. Law Society Gazette

19th February 2016 - Claims management fees to be capped in PPI and other financial compensation cases
Fees charged by claims management companies to pursue compensation claims on behalf of individuals could be capped as low as 15% of the value of the award, but would not affect personal injury claims. Out-Law

12th February 2016 - A vision of life after the latest PI reforms
The government’s PI reforms will trigger satellite litigation, small claimant law firms going into run-off, and big job losses at defendant law firms, but not a reduction in insurance premiums according to Anthony Hughes of Jackson Hughes and former president of FOIL. Litigation Futures

3rd February 2016 - Improved health and safety sentencing guidelines begin to bite
Four fines over £ 1 million were imposed at the end of January for health and safety breaches, as new sentencing guidelines come into effect. Solicitors Journal

29th January 2016 - Jackson reveals 'grid of fixed costs' for cases up to £250,000
Delivering the IPA annual lecture, he described the current system as 'exorbitantly expensive' and called on the government decide on fixed costs for the lower reaches of the multi-track as he recommended, or for all cases. Litigation Futures

22nd January 2016 - Government taskforce backs tough action to tackle insurance fraud
The Insurance Fraud Taskforce has made 14 recommendations in its final report, including more data sharing, a clampdown on nuisance calls, an aggressive response to suspect claims, and tougher action against dishonest solicitors. Financial Times

15th January 2016 - Government confirms 1st October start for fixed costs in clinical negligence
Health Minister Ben Gummer said that fixed legal costs would be brought in this year in order to better manage clinical negligence claims through the legal process. source

8th January 2016 - NHSLA warned it must settle cases this month to avoid paying extra tax on premiums
Paul Hurley, director and head of ATE at ARAG, says the firm will be charging insurance premium tax (IPT) at the higher rate of 9.5% from 31st January. Litigation Futures

18th December 2015 - 81 Now convicted in biggest cash for crash scam
The case at Cardiff Crown Court involved 28 separate claims and 57 cars. The masterminds of the fraud ring were eventually caught staging an accident via their own CCTV system. source

11th December 2015 - Professional negligence warning over personal injury work
Insurance specialist BLM has warned in a white paper that personal injury, commercial and family work will all fuel negligence claims against lawyers. Legal Futures

4th December 2015 - Firm fined £850,000 for making 6 million nusiance NIHL calls
The Claims Management Regulator said the cold-calling by National Advice Clinic was 'deliberate and sustained' and included many people registered with the Telephone Preference Service. BBC News

20th November 2015 - Small claims limit to be reviewed
Potential changes to the small claims limit will be included in a new government report on tackling insurance fraud which will also look at limitation periods for whiplash claims. Law Society Gazette

13th November 2015 - FOIL elects new president
DAC Beachcroft partner Duncan Rutter has been elected the 20th president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers and vowed to maintain access to justice and improve the claims process. Post Online

27th November 2015 - Limitation of £5000 PI claims 'totally unacceptable', says Law Society
The Law Society has reacted to government plans to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000, saying the proposals 'completely undermine the right of ordinary citizens to receive full and proper compensation' Solicitors Journal

6th November 2015 - Legal Ombudsman says CMCs are not actually as bad as people think
The ombudsman's report on its first six months of handling CMC complaints shows that the number was lower than predicted and prepared for, and gives some cause for 'positive reflection'. Law Society Gazette

30th October 2015 - PI firms expect revenue and staff numbers to rise
A new annual survey of the PI market finds that nearly half of claimant firms are expecting their turnover and profit to increase over the next year... Litigation Futures

22nd October 2015 - Law firms drop threat of Judicial Review over MedCo scheme
The group of PI firms who submitted an application to the High Court in Manchester in opposition to MedCo have now dropped a proposed legal challenge to its establishment. Law Society Gazette

16th October 2015 - MP says bereaved families are treated like second-class citizens
Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald, who is introducing the Negligence and Damages Bill, said the 'ridiculous' law on psychiatric harm needs to be made fit for purpose. Solicitors Journal

9th October 2015 - Regulator urged to punish lawyers who get work from nuisance cold calling companies
Sue Brown at the MASS conference called for an extension of the ban on unsolicited texts and calls in the PI sector and saidthis should include the SRA taking ‘robust action’ if solicitors are found to be involved. Law Society Gazette

2nd October 2015 - MoJ considers fixed costs regime for noise-induced hearing loss claims
A Civil Justice Council working group investigating noise-induced hearing loss claims has announced it is to look at how a fixed-costs regime might work. Litigation Futures

25th September 2015 - Insurance lawyers back court fees exemption in PI claims
The Forum of Insurance Lawyers has backed a proposal to exempt personal injury claims from a further increase in court fees, saying the government risks damaging UK plc with the fee hike. Solicitors Journal

17th September 2015 - Insurer warns families of claims from trampoline and bouncy castle injuries
A recent study found that 11,000 children go to A&E departments every year after suffering an injury on a garden trampoline. Direct Line says claims can range from £20,000 to £100,000. Daily Mail

11th September 2015 - Clinical negligence lawyers warn of "rushed" pre-xmas consultation on fixed fees
The vice-chair of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers, has said she is concerned about the 6 week consultation starting in mid-November and finishing in December when many people will be away. Litigation Futures

4th September 2015 - National Accident Helpline rejects insurers’ allegations that late RTA claims have tripled
National Accident Helpline has released data showing that over 90% of people enquiring about making an insurance claim do so within 12 months of the accident and that this figure has barely changed in 10 years. Post Online

27th August 2015 - PI lawyers call for a shake-up of 'obstructive' NHS
APIL says the NHS approach to litigation is often 'ponderous, obstructive and wasteful' and that the health service 'runs up litigation costs' before 'finally admitting negligence at the eleventh hour' Solicitors Journal

21st August 2015 - Bills must be split for work carried out before and after 1st April 2013
Senior Costs Judge, Master Gordon-Saker, has ruled that it is "convenient and necessary for lawyers" bills to be split into two parts to distinguish between work carried out before and after 1st April 2013 in any case involving proportionality, because the old and post-Jackson proportionality tests are different. Litigation Futures

14th August 2015 - Former Miss England contestant found guilty of fabricating personal injury claim
Photos showed the model and footballer taking part in beauty pageant fitness tests and skydiving while supposedly suffering from whiplash. Solicitors Journal

7th August 2015 - Regulator issues first fine issued against a rogue claims management firm
The Hearing Clinic was fined £220,000 by the Claims Management Regulator following hundreds of complaints over speculative calls about Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims. Many of those called were subscribed to the Telephone Preference Service. Gov.uk

31st July 2015 - Jackson Five judge says Mitchell led to decisions that were "manifestly unjust and disproportionate"
The deputy head of civil justice, Lord Justice Richards, said in revoking an order by Lord Justice Lewison made before the later ruling in Denton, that the "very different light" cast on the case by Denton amounted to "a sufficient change in circumstances" to exercise his discretion. Litigation Futures

24th July 2015 - Supreme Court rules that CFAs are in line with human rights convention
In the ongoing case of Coventry & Ors v Lawrence & Anor, the court held by a majority of five to two that the recovery of costs under AJA, in this instance from a CFA success fee and ATE insurance, was compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Legal Business

17th July 2015 - Government to review MedCo immediately
The Government has decided to bring forward it's planned review of MedCo, the whiplash medical report portal, by 3 months, following concerns at how it has been manipulated by medical reporting organisations. Post Online

10th July 2015 - New Uninsured Drivers’ Agreement to take effect on 1st August
The new agreement, which comes into force for accidents occurring on or after 1st August, aligns the UK’s accident regulations with those of the EU. Post Online

3rd July 2015 - Medical legal costs "excessive and should be capped"
The government plans to introduce strict limits on fees in medical negligence cases against the NHS in England, but solicitors are warning the move could deny patients access to justice. BBC News

26th June 2015 - Judges "can undertake early neutral evaluations" to help resolve cases
Mr Justice Norris, ruling in an Inheritance Act case, said that it was part of the judicial function for the judge to accede to a request for a provisional opinion. Litigation Futures

19th June 2015 - Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman reveals health service failures
The ombudsman published summaries of 163 investigations it carried out in October and November last year. During this period it upheld 41 per cent of complaints. Cambridge News

12th June 2015 - British airlines facing multiple claims for contaminated cabin air
Unite union lawyers are working on 17 "definite" individual personal injury claims against British airlines, and is calling for a public inquiry. Meanwhile, a coroner requested the Civil Aviation Authority to take "urgent action to prevent future deaths". BBC News

5th June 2015 - Just 4% of claims management company complaints relate to personal injury work
The Legal Ombudsman, which took over the job of handling complaints about CMCs in January, has revealed a far lower number of personal injury related complaints were received than many had expected. Legal Futures

28th May 2015 - Civil Justice Council wants extension of fixed recoverable costs to help fight PI fraud
The CJC said extending fixed costs would “reduce litigation costs and indirectly reduce incentives to commit insurance fraud”. Litigation Futures

22nd May 2015 - Litigant-in-person loses injury claim at appeal court for failure to serve a medical report
Lord Justice Tomlinson said the prejudice to the defendants was "far from trivial", and noted that the tide is "flowing strongly" towards a "less indulgent approach to non-compliance". Litigation Futures

15th May 2015 - Driving while wearing an Apple Watch can be more dangerous than using a phone
Last year California banned drivers from using Google Glass in the car. Will Apple's new device face similar difficulties? Fast Company

8th May 2015 - Costs lawyers call for level playing field in QC appointments
The Association of Costs Lawyers has said that costs lawyers and others who are not currently eligible, should have the right to apply for silk. Litigation Futures

1st May 2015 - Court of Appeal criticises off-the-shelf advice in PI litigation
Raleys loses negligence appeal, and criticised for using standardised letters with very little personal client contact. Law Society Gazette

24th April 2015 - Consumers reject black box insurance
Researcg by USwitch found that only 3% of British drivers have taken out a telematics insurance policy due to privacy concerns... Recombu

17th April 2015 - SRA warns PI firms against misleading marketing as inducements ban comes into force
The Solicitors Regulation Authority said in a guidance note that firms suggesting or implying that they are offering any inducement in breach of the ban are likely to undermine pubilc trust. Legal Futures

10th April 2015 - Court of Appeal condemns judge who failed to give "any adequate reasons" for ruling
Ordering a retrial of a case heard by District Judge Rouine at Preston County Court, Lord Justice Patten said there was "not one sentence in which he makes any specific findings of fact". Litigation Futures

2nd April 2015 - Court of Appeal rejects insurer’s attempt to dismiss a dishonest injury claim
Despite evidence of dishonesty, Lord Justice Underhill said the claimant’s original settlement should stand because of the 'wider principle' in the finality of settlements. Law Society Gazette

27th March 2015 - MPs call for a national body to investigate medical accidents
The House of Commons Public Administration select committee report says the current patient safety system is "too complicated" and "took too long". Parliament.uk

20th March 2015 - High court says noise induced hearing loss is not an injury
Mr Justice Phillips has ruled in Dalton & Ors v British Telecommunications Plc that noise induced hearing loss claims cannot be reclassified from a disease to an injury. BAILII

12th March 2015 - Charity demands change after discovering NHS spent £100 million on cancer negligence claims
A freedom of information request by Macmillan Cancer Support revealed that the NHS has paid &pound100 million in compensation relating to cancer care in the last decade. Macmillan.org.uk

4th March 2015 - PI firms issue challenge to government's whiplash plans
A group of personal injury firms have joined together to seek a judicial review of the government’s plans for vetting whiplash claims, arguing that ministers failed to consult adequately, and that the restrictions are irrational and unfair. Law Gazette

27th February 2015 - Change in law to mean easier fines for cold calling claims firms
The government has finally acted on the tens of thousands of complaints about nuisance calls and texts by making it easier from 6th April for the firms behind them to be fined. BBC News

20th February 2015 - Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 could revolutionise the personal injury market
The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 which was given Royal Assent last week has received criticism for its introduction of a fundamental dishonesty test. Claims Mag

13th February 2015 - High Court rejects claim against Thompsons over miners litigation firm failure
The High Court has thrown out a claim for £71m against Thompsons which blamed them for the collapse of solicitors Greene Wood & McLean, who had tried to bring group litigation on behalf of thousands of miners. Litigation Futures

5th February 2015 - CPS handling of fatal RTAs criticised
The chief inspector for HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has said that the CPS is not delivering sufficient standards in fatal road traffic accident cases, following a report which found common failings such as poor case analysis and strategy, and inadequate reference to sentencing guidelines. Solicitors Journal

30th January 2015 - Legal Ombudsman to "clean up" the claims industry
The Legal Ombudsman (Leo) has finally started accepting complaints about claims management firms and is confident it can handle the extra 9000 complaints per year that are predicted as a result. Law Gazette

23rd January 2015 - Concern from senior judiciary over court fee increases of up to 622%
The senior judiciary and Civil Justice Council have expressed “deep concerns” over the new 5% court fee on money claims over £10,000. Calculations by the CJC show there will be as much as 622% increase on current rates. Litigtion Futures

16th January 2015 - Proportionality rule hits hard: High Court slashes costs by more than half
The High Court has more than halved the successful party’s costs in Savoye and Savoye Ltd v Spicers Ltd [2015] EWHC 33 (TCC) on summary assessment on the basis of proportionality. The fees charged by the partner running the case were particularly targeted. Litigation Futures

9th January 2015 - Experts to be challenged on "off the shelf data"
Executive search firm Edward Drummond has found that experts using the traditional methods of relying on previously accepted methods are more likely to have their opinions challenged in court, if their estimates were based on "off the shelf data", instead of a bespoke calculation. Solicitors Journal

19th December 2014 - ICO says consumers are still being bombarded by unsolicited accident claim calls
The Information Commissioner’s Office has said that it is still receiving thousands of complaints per month about unsolicited calls and texts relating to accident claims. The only issues generating more complaints were boiler replacement and solar panel offers. Law Gazette

12th December 2014 - Leading PI firms to seek judicial review of government whiplash reforms
Some of the country’s leading personal injury law firms are planning to challenge the Government’s changes to medical reporting in whiplash claims. They claim that restricting claimants to a list of medical experts, rather than being free to choose their own, is a breach of their human rights. Claims Mag

4th December 2014 - Law firms lose clients' money to phone scams
The SRA has warned law firms after four firms lost £2m from client accounts to scammers who used social engineering tricks to obtain bank security information. Legal Futures

28th November 2014 - SRA warns of "genuinely shocking" money laundering by law firms
A senior regulatory manager at the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said that they currently have some "genuinely shocking" cases of money laundering in their disciplinary system, which will will become public knowledge when the disciplinary process is completed. Legal Futures

21st November 2014 - Apple Watch could help in personal injury cases
For perhaps the first time, data from a tech bracelet will be used in court to support a personal injury case. The claimant's law firm in Canada will compare data from her FitBit wearable with those from other women of her age and profession to help demonstrate the impact oh her injury. This case has potentially enormous implications as wearables become increasingly common and with the Apple Watch launch soon to launch them into the mainstream. Forbes

13th November 2014 - Survey suggests costs budgeting is not working
A survey carried out by costs lawyers Kain Knight found that 45% of solicitors still don't believe the new costs budgeting process is working well for themselves or their clients. Law Society Gazette

6th November 2014 - Crash for cash scams reach record level
Aviva insurance say that "crash for cash" insurance scams have risen 21% this year to a new record level, with the greatest number of incidents in Birmingham, Luton and North London. BBC News

31st October 2014 - High Court says that courts have “unfettered discretion” to order costs budgets
Mr Justice Coulson has ruled that the courts have “unfettered discretion” to order costs budgets, whatever size of damages are at stake Litigation Futures

23rd October 2014 - Protection for asbestos victims extended
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931 applied to all workers in factories where asbestos was being processed, even if they were not involved in mixing asbestos or directly employed by the occupiers of the building. Litigation Futures

17th October 2014 - Stress and mental health issues cause most days off work
A report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found that stress and mental health issues remain the biggest reason for days off work, although one third of employers are not taking action to address these problems. Solicitors Journal

9th October 2014 - High Court refuses withdrawal of part 36 offer
The High Court has ruled that Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cannot withdraw a part 36 offer to settle a negligence case because they had refused to disclose their reasons for doing so. Law Society Gazette

2nd October 2014 - ‘Passport to practise’ gets go-ahead
The General Medical Council has agreed to develop a single national licensing examination for doctors wanting to practise in the UK, which they say will improve standards over time. GMC

26th September 2014 - Exclusive insurance deals to be banned
The Competition and Markets Authority has announced that exclusive pricing deals between motor insurers and price comparison websites will be banned, but it ruled out a cap on replacement car and repair charges. BBC News

19th September 2014 - Supreme Court makes "remarkable" decision to barristers to waive success fees
The president of the Supreme Court has forced two barristers to drop their success fee claims, noting the "many unsatisfactory aspects" of the pre-Jackson CFA regime. Litigation Futures

8th September 2014 - Personal injury to blame for massive loss at Co-operative Legal Services
Managing director of Co-operative Legal Services, Matt Howells has told Legal Futures that falling revenue from PI work caused a 64% decline in revenue and a £5.1m loss over the past year. Legal Futures

1st September 2014 - Consultation by GMC on how to improve patient protection
The General Medical Council have launched a consultation on how doctors should be dealt with following serious complaints. Proposals include the requirement for doctors to apologise to patients if they have caused them harm. General Medical Council

21 August 2014 - Government claims credit for closure of hundreds of claims firms
The government says its tough new rules have led to the closure of almost 600 claims firms responsible for span texts and calls. www.gov.uk

18th August 2014 - Barristers’ clerks criticise law firms over contract payment terms
Brian Lee, chair of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks has said that law firms are imposing contracts on barristers that they would never sign themselves. Legal Futures

7th August 2014 - MoJ to cut fees for medical reports
Chris Grayling announced new plans to tackle insurance fraud and "turn the tide on the growing compensation culture". Solicitors Journal

4th August 2014 - PI lawyers up in arms over motor insurance strike-out proposals
Personal injury lawyers have condemned plans to give courts new powers to strike out motor insurance cases with “phantom passengers” and “fundamentally dishonest claims”. New Law Journal

28th July 2014 - Pre-Jackson costs regime may breach human rights
The Supreme Court has expressed concern over the ‘exorbitant’ costs of litigation in a ruling that suggests the pre-Jackson costs regime could breach article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Law Society Gazette

21st July 2014 - Chris Grayling promises end to 'health and safety culture'
The Justice Secretary told the Telegraph that society has become “too inclined to blame someone else” when something goes wrong and the new Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill, to be debated by MPs today, will make it harder to win cases in the courts. The Telegraph

14th July 2014 - Petition aims to reduce future injuries from exploding pavements.
Hodge Jones & Allen has endorsed a petition set up by a client, who was engulfed her in a fireball when a pavement exploded. The petition aims to ensure that essential maintenance and upgrades are carried out. Solicitors Journal

10th July 2014 - 65 Warnings over referral fee ban compliance in first quarter of this year
The Claims Management Regulator has revealed that in the first three months of 2014 it warned 65 claims management companies about their compliance with the referral fee ban. The CMR also said it has launched a mystery shopping scheme to catch companies that break the rules. Legal Futures

7th July 2014 - Dyson says Court of Appeal is partly responsible for “misunderstood and misapplied” Mitchell ruling
Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, has issued more detailed guidance on how the Mitchell ruling should be used and said that it has been “misunderstood and is being misapplied by some courts”. Litigation Futures

4th July 2014 - Government to fine rogue claims management firms
Justice Minister Lord Faulks QC has announced proposals that could mean fines of hundreds of thousands of pounds for claims management firms that bombard people with nuisance calls. Moneywise

30th June 2014 - Half of chambers don't comply with equality rules
A report to the Bar Standards Board has found than only half of the sampled chambers were compliant with the new equality and diversity rules introduced in 2012. Law Society Gazette

23rd June 2014 - Massive increase in 'crash for cash' scams
Aviva Insurance reported a 51% increase in 'crash for cash' scames in 2013 and is calling for harsher sentences for the fraudsters, complaining that the most common punishment currently is a community order. BBC News

17th June 2014 - Planned cap on courtesy car costs
The Competition and Markets Authority has said that replacement vehicles cost too much and has proposed a cap on costs as well as a ban on price parity agreements between insurers and price comparison websites. BBC News

9th June 2014 - Heroes bill 'protects the negligent, not the injured'
The vice president of APIL,Jonathan Wheeler said, "How could someone who has negligently or recklessly caused injury to another be a hero in anyone's eyes? And in any event isn't this going over the same ground as covered by the Compensation Act 2006?" Solicitors Journal

5th June 2014 - Triple Mitchell showdown announced
The Court of Appeal has listed three appeals which will be heard together over 16th and 17th June in an effort to clarify the post-Mitchell rules.  Law Society Gazette

27th May 2014 - LLP partners are safe to whistleblow
The Supreme Court has decided in Clyde & Co LLP and another v Winkelhof [2014] UKSC 32, that LLP partners who expose bad behaviour are protected by whistleblowing legislation. Legal Week

19th May 2014 - Government plans to cut medical report fees
According to a letter sent by Lord Faulks, the government wants to cut medical report fixed fees by 10% and ban law firms from owning the agencies that commission them. Litigation Futures

16th May 2014 - Should law firms be doing more to protect employee well-being?
A survey by LawCare found that 74% of lawyers were more stressed at work last year than they had been five years ago, yet only 17% had taken time off work because of stress. Solicitors Journal

6th May 2014 - Ramsey says Jackson uncertainly will be short-lived
Mr Justice Ramsey has told the Law Society’s Civil Justice Section conference that although the Mitchell ruling has made firms much more nervous, the decision was based on correct principles and the current disquiet will soon subside. Law Society Gazette

28th April 2014 - Sharp decrease in car insurance premiums, but a rise could be on the way...
The AA has said that average comprehensive motor insurance costs are down 16.6% since last year, but also warned that the downward trend is under threat. BBC News

24th April 2014 - Jackson responds to his critics
Lord Justice Jackson has said in a Times article that anything that changed the way lawyers work was “likely to be unpopular with the profession” and that an opinion poll of lawyers was not the correct way to assess the reforms. New Law Journal

17th April 2014 - Over 40% of non-fault personal injury victims have not claimed compensation
A report from Naitonal Accident Helpline suggests that more than 40% of potential personal injury claimants have not actually made a claim. Also, 37% of respondents said they were concerned about possible legal fees. National Accident Helpline

8th April 2014 - Mitchell could encourage PI firms to "bypass courts"
Rod Evans, former president of FOIL told a legal policy forum that a number of senior barristers and solicitors have suggested that the civil justice system’s current preoccupation with procedural issues could encourage major PI firms to arbitrate and bypass the courts altogether. Litigation Futures

1st April 2014 - PI cases in Scotland are “clogging up the system” and must be tackled
Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has warned that the increasing number of PI cases in Scottish courts are “clogging up the system” as he defended the proposed Courts Reform Bill. The Scotsman

24th March 2014 - Solicitors asking expert witnesses to omit dates in a bid to comply with post-Jackson time limits
A medico-legal committee at the College of Occupational Therapists has warned in an email to its members that solicitors are increasingly sending out "source material including draft reports and witness statements but asking them either not to list or refer to this material in their report or to remove all dates of reports and witness statements". The section specialising in brain injuries said that these demands were incompatible with the civil procedure rules. Solicitors Journal

17th March 2014 - PI campaigner says Untraced Drivers Agreement needs reform
Legal consultant and solicitor Nicholas Bevan, writing the the NLJ, has called for reform of the current MIB arrangements on investigations and compensation for claims involving uninsured or untraceable drivers. New Law Journal

14th March 2014 - Claimant solicitors told to stop asking for pre-med offers
Rob Cummings of the ABI told the Claims Magazine Conference yesterday that if claimant lawyers are so keen to end insurers making pre-medical offers, then they should stop requesting them, Litigation Futures

4th March 2014 - Helphire buys PI law firm thanks to new rules
Helphire has announced it is buying Cardiff based NewLaw for £43 million, utilising the new rules allowing non-lawyers to purchase legal firms. The Times

25th February 2014 - Defendants who ‘stood Mitchell on its head’ ordered to pay costs
The High Court has warned defendants against ignoring their duty to co-operate and reduce the cost of litigation by relying on Mitchell to unreasonably oppose minor timetable changes. Solicitors Journal

17th February 2014 - Jackson "policy swerve" signals Mitchell relief?
The President of the Queen’s Division and deputy head of civil justice has approved a draft amendment to the model direction for clinical negligence. The change which has been described as "a policy swerve" in reaction to the Jackson reforms and the Andrew Mitchell case allows parties to agree extensions of time of up to 28 days without the need to apply to court. New Law Journal

10th February 2014 - SRA launches consultation on CPD
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has launched a consultation on its proposals to reform the CPD scheme. The SRA hopes to increase firms’ flexibility in arranging their training needs. SRA

7th February 2014 - Justice minister says courts will become more friendly and welcoming, less alien
The new justice minister, Simon Hughes, has pledged, in an interview with the Guardian, that the courts will become more "user-friendly" and less "alien" places. The Guardian

27th January 2014 - Personal injury firm was ‘punished’ by council for making too many claims
North Solicitors, which was evicted from Blackpool Borough Council maintained premises for suing the local authority too frequently has had the decision to end its tenancy overturned. Law Society Gazette

20th January 2014 - Claimant lawyers condemn mesothelioma "deal behind closed doors with insurers".
Claimant lawyers have condemned what they claim was a deal between the government and insurers over the Mesothelioma Bill, which has now passed all its stages in parliament. Solicitors Journal

17th January 2014 - MPs query £7000 fee for mesothelioma compensation scheme
Members of Parliament have expressed concerns that solicitors will charge mesothelioma victims the full £7,000 for legal services under the new mesothelioma compensation scheme. Litigation Futures

13th January 2014 - Lawyers' support charity reports rise in stress cases
The LawCare charity, which helps lawyers and their families cope with stress, alcohol, drug abuse and other issues, has reported a 36% rise in case files from 2012 to 2013. The most common problems were stress, followed by depression and alcohol. New Law Journal

6th January 2014 - Ombudsman questions whether "no win, no fee" phrase should be allowed
Figures released by the legal ombudsman show that lawyers were ordered to pay nearly £1m in compensation to disappointed clients last year due to failures in no win, no fee agreements. The level of complaints prompted Adam Sampson, the chief ombudsman, to query whether solicitors should be allowed to use the phrase. The Guardian

19th December 2013 - Government admits no concrete plans to implement Third Party Act
Lord McNally admitted there are still no concrete plans to implement The Third Party (Rights against Insurers) Act which received royal assent in March 2010. Law Society Gazette

12th December 2013 - Academic warns of "Rogue entrants" to litigation funding industry
Dr Angus Nurse from Middlesex University who co-authored "Litigation Funding: Status and Issues" in 2012, has warned that "rogue entrants" are starting to enter the litigation funding market. Solicitors Journal

5th December 2013 - Mitchell case is "tough love" and game changer
Practitioners have warned about the risks of satellite litigation around professional negligence claims following the Court of Appeal’s "Plebgate" costs decision. New Law Journal

28th November 2013 - No more ‘Wriggle room’ on costs
Following the landmark Court of Appeal judgment concerning a plea for relief from sanctions in the Andrew Mitchell libel case, experts have warned that solicitors must adhere to strict new costs rules or face professional negligence claims. Law Society Gazette

22nd November 2013 - APIL president predicts "very big, catastrophic failures"
Matthew Stockwell, president of APIL, speaking at a conference in London said there will be some "very big, catastrophic failures" of law firms over the next 12 months, and also expressed concern about the "lack of resources available to the SRA" to monitor conflicts of interest within ABSs. Solicitors Journal

15th November 2013 - Claims firms to face fines for unsolicited calls and texts
The government is planning to introduce large fines for claims firms that bombard the public with unsolicited texts and phone calls about PPI and other compensation claims. The Guardian

7th November 2013 - AA to enter personal injury sector
Motoring organisation, The AA, is to enter the legal market after being granted an ABS licence. AA Law, a joint venture with Lyons Davidson, will start trading in December and deal initially with personal injury and other car accident claims. City AM

31st October 2013 - Lawyer claims MoJ unlikely to change small claims limit decision.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is unlikely to alter its decision on not raising the small claims threshold to £5,000 for personal injury cases, according to Patrick Allen, senior partner at Hodge, Jones & Allen. New Law Journal

24th October 2013 - Woman who almost drowned wins landmark ruling after 13 years
Annie Woodland was a junior school pupil when she nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson in July 2000. This Wednesday she won a landmark ruling at the Supreme court that paves the way for her to pursue compensation from the local education authority. BBC News

18th October 2013 - PI lawyers told to 'get niche, get big, or get out'
Anthony Gold managing partner David Marshall told personal injury lawyers at the SJ Live conference this week that "business as usual" would mean profits are "wiped out", but also that 'boutique' and 'back to basics' local firms with clear strategies would be able to survive. Solicitors Journal

11th October 2013 - Survey finds that women lawyers are paid less than men...
A survey by legal recruiters Laurence Simons has found that the legal profession is more diverse than society as a whole, but gender and inequality is still a problem, with women lawyers being paid a third less than men and receiving half the amount in bonuses. Law Society Gazette

3rd October 2013 - 86 Charged in 'crash for cash' probe
A total of 86 people have been charged by Gwent Police in relation to an alleged insurance scam. The charges include fraud against insurance firms, conspiracy to steal vehicles and money laundering. BBC News

27th September 2013 - PI Lawyers want end to 'postcode lottery'
PI lawyers have called for fairer treatment of the bereaved. A survey commissioned by APIL uncovered a “postcode lottery” for damages and revealed that four out of five people thought the Scottish system was better than that of England and Wales. New Law Journal

19th September 2013 - No referral fee ban for Scotland
Sheriff principal James Taylor has rejected the English judge Jackson's recommendation that referral fees in personal injury cases should be banned. He said in his report that there was no evidence that referral fees in PI cases led to "unmeritorious claims" being raised and "There is evidence that the present ban on referral fees is regularly circumvented and there is no appetite to enforce the ban, perhaps due to the difficulty in so doing". Solicitors Journal

12th September 2013 - Firms dealings with CMCs to be handed over to the MoJ
Some law firms who work with claims management companies are in a state of panic after it was revealed that information about their dealings will be handed over to the claims management regulator. Law Society Gazette

5th September 2013 - Man turns the tables on cold-calling CMCs
Lee Beaumont became so fed up with cold-calls from claims management companies that he turned his home phone number into a premium rate line and has made over £300 profit from it since November 2011. BBC News

29th August 2013 - PI market shake-up could improve quality
The move to ban referral fees within personal injury claims was not popular with many at the time, but now there is speculation by some that they will ultimately succeed in improving quality. Legal Week

22nd August 2013 - Lawyers can ‘exert undue influence’ on elderly
A guide published by the Legal Ombudsman warns that lawyers sometimes ‘exert undue influence’ on elderly clients to force them to make decisions and that people can often ‘feel intimidated’ when dealing with professionals. Law Society Gazette

15th August 2013 - “Astonishing” claims of corruption in the UK courts
According to a survey pubished by Transparency International, covering 1,000 people in each of 107 countries, one in five people using the courts last year said they or a household member paid a bribe, and nearly one quarter of people in the UK believe the courts and judiciary are corrupt. New Law Journal

8th August 2013 - Miners’ compensation firms could face "thousands" of negligence claims
A county court negligence ruling against one of the law firms which handled claims under the miners' compensation scheme could be the first of 'thousands', according to the former miner's solicitor. Solicitors Journal

2nd August 2013 - Insurers 'encourage fraud and exaggeration' say MPs
MPs on the Transport Select Committee have accused the motor insurance industry of encouraging fraud and exaggeration in accident claims. They said that insurers must immediately "put their house in order". BBC News

26th July 2013 - CMCs’ turnover tops £1bn despite mass exodus from personal injury
Ministry of Justices figures show that the turnover of claims management companies rose 31% last year to over £1bn, while the number of claims management companies handling personal injury work has fallen 30% since March 2012. Legal Futures

18th July 2013 - Axa calls for 3 day limit on whiplash claims
Axa Insurance issued a report today suggesting that whiplash claims should be made within 3 days of the alleged accident and include evidence of physical injury. The report includes further ideas and is inspired by systems already in place in France and Sweden. Law Society Gazette

12th July 2013 - MoJ ignores Law Society pleas to delay RTA Portal expansion
The RTA Portal expansion will go ahead on 31 July as planned despite Law Society pleas for the changes to be delayed due to lack of information. New Law Journal

4th July 2013 - SRA and MoJ ‘must get their heads together’
Personal injury lawyers have attacked the SRA's decision last week not to ban inducements by solicitors. Solicitors Journal

27th June 2013 - Law society says law students are not prepared for work
In its response to the report of the Legal Education and Training Review, the Law Society has said that there is an oversupply of graduates looking for careers in the law but who lack specific skills required by firms and are not sufficiently briefed about the realities of securing a job. Law Society Gazette

20th June 2013 - Government promises to strengthen referral fee ban if ABSs are used to get around it
The government has pledged to revisit the terms of the personal injury referral fee ban if it looks as though alternative business structures (ABSs) and other arrangements are being used to get around it. Legal Futures

13th June 2013 - High Court warns over ‘unreasonable opposition’ to extensions of time
Mr Justice Henderson at the High Court has said that courts must scrutinise post-Jackson applications for extensions of time more rigorously than before, but must avoid going to the "other extreme" and encouraging "unreasonable opposition". Solicitors Journal

6th June 2013 - Department of Health announces defendant panel firms
Following a tender process lasting several months, The Department of Health has announced its roster of defendant panel firms that will share a £400m contract for the NHS in England over the next four years. Law Society Gazette

29th May 2013 - Jackson Five to hear appeals
Five Court of Appeal judges, including Lord Justice Jackson, have been appointed to hear all appeals arising from the Jackson reforms. They are Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Stephen Richards (Deputy Head of Civil Justice) and Lord Justices Jackson, Davis and Lewison. New Law Journal

23rd May 2013 - SRA under fire for policing of referral fee ban
The Solicitors Regulation Authority came faced criticism this week at the Manchester Law Society's personal injury conference for the way it is enforcing the referral fee ban. Its director of policy and strategy was unable to tell solicitors how many investigations it has started since the ban came into force seven weeks ago. Legal Futures

16th May 2013 - 10% Damages increase not enough to compensate clients
Professor Paul Fenn has warned that the Jackson reforms and extension of the RTA portal will result in lower damages for clients. Speaking at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum he said that the 10% increase in general damages intended to soften the blow for claimants would not be enough to make up for the fall in damages received by clients. Solicitors Journal

9th May 2013 - Mesothelioma bill announced in Queen's speech
The bill annouced in the Queen's speech establishes a payment scheme for people who cannot trace their employer or their employer's insurance company and is to be funded by a levy on insurance companies. BBC News

2nd May 2013 - Trouble for PI firms means trouble for claimants
While there is little public sympathy for solicitors the truth is that people will soon find it harder to claim compensation. The Guardian

26th April 2013 - Whiplash claims at five-year low
The number of whiplash claims has fallen by almost 60,000 in the past year and was the lowest since 2008/09, according to government figures obtained by APIL. Law Society Gazette

18th April 2013 - RTA plans “deeply flawed & partial”
A high-profile personal injury lawyer has warned that government proposals to reform the law on uninsured and hit-and-run drivers fail to meet the standards required by European law and are “deeply flawed and partial”. New Law Journal

11th April 2013 - Appeal judges back solicitors who act for clients without ATE 
The Court of Appeal has ruled that personal injury lawyers who agree to act on conditional fees for clients without ATE and pay disbursements if cases are lost do not make themselves liable for adverse costs orders. Solicitors Journal

4th April 2013 - More civil litigation reform to come
The Bar Council has set out its recommendations for change in a discussion document, Reforming civil litigation, published last week. New Law Journal

28th March 2013 - Judge criticises ‘desultory’ training in run-up to 1 April
Senior master Steven Whitaker, who is also the Queen’s remembrancer at the Royal Courts of Justice, has become the first judge to criticise in public the level of training given ahead of the Jackson reforms coming into force. He said the level of training for judges had been ‘desultory’ in the lead-up to 1 April. Law Society Gazette

21st March 2013 - One fifth of northwest personal injury firms consider closing
Of over 300 managing partners of northwest law firms who were surveyed last week by O’Connors, one quarter said that profitability will drop by 50 per cent after the fee cuts and reforms, and nearly one fith of specialist personal injury law firms in the northwest are considering closing down. Solicitors Journal

15th March 2013 - MPs to investigate impact of whiplash claims
The Commons Transport Committee had said it plans to investigate the extent to which claims for whiplash injuries are pushing up the cost of car insurance following suggestions that the UK is now the "whiplash capital of the world". It will look at the impact fabricated and exaggerated claims have on premiums and what can be done about them. BBC News

8th March 2013 - Law firms may be exposed to professional negligence claims
A legal expenses insurer has warned that the Jackson reforms could leave law firms exposed to professional negligence claims. The new rules prohibit the recovery of ATE premiums for policies purchased on or after 1st April, regardless of when the client entered into a retainer with their solicitor. Russell Smart, COO of Elite Insurance says this could land clients with huge bills they can’t pay and leave solicitors facing negligence actions if they fail to secure ATE before the 1st April deadline. http://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/nlj/content/jackson-leaves-gap">New Law Journal

1st March 2013 - High Court told of Downing Street deal with insurers
The government and insurers negotiated a deal via email to cut personal injury legal costs prior to a summit at Downing Street, the High Court was told this morning by lawyers acting for the claimant lobby. Law Society Gazette

21st February 2013 - SRA considers quicker ABS application process
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is reviewing its approach to licensing alternative business structures one year on from the start of the regime, with a much speedier process for low-risk entities one of the likely outcomes, according to Legal Futures. Legal Futures

15th February 2013 - Discount rate could be increased
A Ministry of Justice consultation launched this week suggests the current 2.5% discount rate used to calculate damages for future losses in personal injury claims could be increased because claimants make riskier investments than previously thought. It also asks whether periodical payments should be used more frequently. New Law Journal

8th February 2013 - Claims management company buys law firm
Vamco, a claims management company based in Surrey, has become the first to buy a law firm. The firm now owns Kingsley Law, through its subsidiary and ABS, Kingsley Law Limited. Solicitors Journal

4th February 2013 - SRA redraws plan to increase fines for firms
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has re-opened discussions with the Ministry of Justice on raising the amount it can fine firms from the current maximum of £2,000. Law Society Gazette

24th January 2013 - SRA sticks to its guns over referral fee ban guidance
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is confident of its interpretation of the referral fee ban but simply cannot give the level of clarity over which business models will comply that many want, according to Richard Collins, executive director of policy and standards, who as speaking yesterday at the SRA board meeting. Legal Futures