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. The level has in fact been fixed at £1000 for many years. An increase based on inflation alone would have given a figure of about £2000. Indeed this was the level that was originally proposed by the Ministry of Justice. It was then reduced to £1500. Most commentators agree that this is in fact not unreasonable especially as we have had the lower figure for so many years. In realith the increase is unlikely to affect many non RTA cases, where the value often exceeds this limit in any event.
We think that this will do little to stem the flow of practitioners and firms exiting this sector which has ceased to be viable for most.