Take it to the Limit

A short post to remind our contacts that the small claims limit for non RTA Personal Injury Claims will rise to £1500 on 6th April 2022. This seems to have crept up on many while the profession has been focussed on the far more dramatic whiplash ‘reforms’. This increase is broadly in line with inflation.…

Take it to the Limit!

A short post to remind our contacts that the small claims limit for non RTA Personal Injury Claims will rise to £1500 on 6th April 2022. This seems to have crept up on many while the profession has been focussed on the far more dramatic whiplash ‘reforms’. This increase is broadly in line with inflation.…

Discontinuance and QOCS

There has been an interesting judgment in November 2021 about Notices of Discontinuance and the QOCS – McDonald and Excalibur and Keswick Groundworks Ltd v Interserve PLC. This was reported by Costs Barrister, Andrew Hogan at https://costsbarrister.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/E27YY493-McDonald-v-Excalibur-Keswick-Groundworks-Ltd-HHJ-Freedman-29th-November-2021.pdf The original claim was for personal injuries suffered in an accident at work in May 2016. The claimant…

Expert witness ordered to pay £50k+ wasted costs

Robinson v Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Dr Chris Mercier is an important development for all practitioners who instruct experts and even more important for experts themselves! The case is reported by barrister Gordon Exall who includes a link to the judgment – https://www.civillitigationbrief.com/2021/11/02/expert-had-a-flagrant-disregard-for-his-duty-to-the-court-ordered-to-pay-50500-wasted-costs/ On the face of it, this was a straightforward…

DBAs and Family work

There is a lot of talk about Damages Based Agreements, especially after the government shunted thousands of innocent whiplash victims into the small claims court. The recent case of Peter Otto is a reminder that these agreements remain unlawful in some cases. In this case a DBA was wrongfully used in family proceedings. Such proceedings…