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  • Houses of Parliament

    Write to your MP on small claims and whiplash

    6 April 2017

    The government has confirmed it is going ahead with changes to whiplash compensation and small claims which will undermine access to justice. Help our campaign against the changes by contacting your MP through our online system. It only takes five minutes and includes a pre-written letter. 

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    Lawyers concerned as MoJ revives plans for extended court sittings

    6 April 2017

    The profession has raised concerns over government plans to test flexible operating hours in courts and tribunals, under which some courts will stay open as late as 8.30pm

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    Compulsory e-filing at the Rolls Building from 25 April 2017

    16 March 2017

    From April 2017 it will no longer be possible to issue claims, applications or file documents on paper at the Rolls Building. The e-filing system must be used.

  • Justice for all

    Reorganisation of the higher civil courts announced

    14 March 2017

    From June 2017, the specialist courts and lists of the High Court will be known as the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales. The new arrangement encompasses the Commercial Court (including the Admiralty Court), the Technology and Construction Court and the courts of the Chancery Division.

  • Jackson LJ

    Jackson fixed recoverable costs review seminar: reminder

    3 March 2017

    Lord Justice Jackson is holding a seminar at the Law Society on 13 March to discuss his proposals to extend the fixed recoverable cost scheme in England and Wales. 

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    Automatic strike-out for cases where trial fee unpaid

    15 February 2017

    The Ministry of Justice has set out plans to strike out claims automatically where the case fee has not been paid.  

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    'Whiplash' proposals undermined in parliamentary committee evidence session

    15 February 2017

    The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has conceded to MPs that the insurance industry saved ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ from reforms to personal injury in 2013 and that whiplash claims have come down in the last year.

  • Royal Courts of Justice

    Devil will be in the detail of reforms to courts and tribunals

    15 February 2017

    A response from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to its consultation on a root and branch overhaul of the courts and tribunals system has been described as ‘woolly’ by the Law Society, which called for more detail.

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    Insurers will be the winners in personal injury 'reforms'

    15 February 2017

    Insurers not consumers will benefit if government plans to change the way people seek compensation for personal injury are implemented, despite attempts to portray the reforms as a bid to tackle questionable whiplash claims, a new economic study claims.

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    Get your voice heard on Brexit

    6 February 2017

    The Law Society would like to hear from Civil Litigation Section members about their views on how a number of areas may be affected by Brexit and, in particular, any transitional arrangements that may need to be put into place.