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Managing Partner and Head of PI team comments on the new Civil Liability Bill contained in today’s Queen’s Speech

Posted on: 21st June 2017

Commenting on the personal injury reforms included into today’s Queen’s Speech as part a new Civil Liability Bill, Vidisha Joshi, managing partner and head of PI at London law firm, Hodge Jones & Allen says:

“It is hugely disappointing that the Government has decided to plough ahead with the personal injury reforms in a new Civil Liability Bill. As we said in our consultation response, it is the young, the elderly, the mentally incapacitated, those with special physical and educational needs and those for whom English is not their first language who will be disproportionately hit by these reforms. It will also put more pressure on the NHS as well as employers, because injuries could well last longer than they would otherwise have done.

“The proposals are nothing short of scandalous – taking money from innocent accident victims and giving it to insurance companies and motorists, even though they actually affect all personal injury claims, not just road traffic related. The idea that motorists will save £35 is nothing but pure spin. Insurers have never passed on savings to date, I doubt very much they will start doing so now.

“No doubt insurers will continue their relentless lobbying on this issue but we will continue to fight this, and seek to influence at every stage the final outcome of this Bill to ensure that it will not be vulnerable individuals in our society who pay the price.”

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