News in brief 17 November 2016

Whiplash reform announced

Just weeks after it seemed as though the government had paused its plans for the next round of whiplash reform, the Ministry of Justice has today announced that it is going forward.

A consultation paper outlines plans to scrap the right to compensation or put a cap on the amount people can claim for minor whiplash injuries. Capping compensation would see the average pay-out cut from £1,850 to a maximum amount of £425.

Other measures include:

– Introducing a transparent tariff system of compensation payments for claims with more significant injuries;

– Raising the limit for cases in the small claims court for all personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000; and

– Banning offers to settle claims without medical evidence. All claims would need a report from a MedCo accredited medical expert before any pay out.

Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “For too long, some have exploited a rampant compensation culture and seen whiplash claims an easy payday, driving up costs for millions of law-abiding motorists. These reforms will crack down on minor, exaggerated and fraudulent claims. Insurers have promised to put the cash saved back in the pockets of the country’s drivers.”

There has been an outpouring of opposition from claimant lawyers to the announcement.


Number 1 Costs Lawyer?

Renowned Costs Lawyer Michael Kain is aiming for the Christmas number one after the band he was part of in the 1960s released a song he wrote.

The song, ‘The Game’, originally dealt with ‘lost love’ when he wrote it in 2005, but he has changed the lyrics so that it became a peace song.

When The Beaucrees recorded the single earlier this year, their engineer suggested they release it as a charity single and, with his help, they have done so. The charity Help for Heroes has adopted it as their charity single for this Christmas.

You can download it on most popular music sites, such as iTunes and Amazon. “Our aim is to get this to number one this Christmas,” Mr Kain said. “So with your help and your 99p you can support Help for Heroes and show the world that war is not a game. You will also help five 70-ish old geezers achieve their childhood dream.”

You can watch the video for the song on YouTube here. You can also watch an interview with Michael and a couple of his bandmates on London Live here.


Picture credit: Jmarchn

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