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Whiplash Reforms

In his Autumn Statement 2015, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that the government were to end the right to cash compensation for minor whiplash claims and cut legal insurers costs – thus the “Whiplash Reforms” were born.

Since that time the implementation of the reforms have been the subject of numerous delays, most recently as a result of COVID, although yesterday, in The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2021 it was confirmed that the “reforms” would come into force on 31st May 2021.

Save for the implementation date, the published Rules reveal little that wasn’t already known. At the time of writing we continue to await the associated Protocol and Practice Direction which will provide the details of how the new process will work and we will provide a further update once we have received those rules.

 

Publication Authors:

 

Patrick McCarthy 

Patrick McCarthy

Paul Brandish 

Paul Brandish