6th November 2017
Personal injury

Rise in small claims limit provokes debate

  The limit for small claims is to be raised by the government from £1000 to £5000, making legal redress more widely available. However, a legal academic has warned that the whole civil claims process will need to be overhauled before this change is implemented, or it will not be able to cope with the resulting surge in claims, particularly those relating to road traffic accidents. Annette Morris, a reader in law at Cardiff Law School, said, ‘We shouldn’t increase the small claims limit before we have created a system geared at the public and not lawyers. In drawing boundary […]
25th October 2017

Local law firms provide real quality

Anyone who has spent any time on the phone trying to sort out a problem via a call centre on the other side of the world will appreciate the value of local firms. The same is true in the legal world where, increasingly, firms are realising that they can offer their clients a better service by being local than by being part of a large network of solicitors. Earlier this year, one of the longest-established members of the Quality Solicitors network, Martin Tolhurst Solicitors, joined a string of firms who have chosen to leave the group. Managing partner Richard Carter […]
18th October 2017
Personal injury

Insurance companies edge ahead in damages battle

Injury victims may lose out if the government goes ahead with its plans to amend again the ‘discount rate’ that is used to calculate the compensation paid to victims of serious personal injury, the Law Society has warned. Former Lord Chancellor Liz Truss reduced the rate from 2.5% to minus 0.75%, which significantly increased the amounts that insurers had to pay out to injury victims. Predictably, the insurance companies were not happy about this and, as Bruce Lance’s personal injury team reported back in July, the Ministry of Justice announced a consultation on the subject. (See this article.) Current Lord […]
11th October 2017
No fault divorce

Call for no-fault divorce

UK divorce laws need urgent reform, says Resolution, the association of family lawyers. In a letter to the main political parties, Nigel Shepherd, Chairman of Resolution, called for four reforms: No-fault divorce Basic rights for cohabiting couples Fair access to the family justice system More financial clarity on divorce According to Shepherd, these reforms would ‘make a huge, positive difference to the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who separate each year.’ Of these four proposed reforms, no-fault divorce is probably the most high-profile. Currently, the only ground for divorce is if a marriage has broken down irretrievably. […]