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Experts questioned on limit of small claims for personal injuries

16 January 2018

The Justice Committee examines the rationale of the Government proposal to raise the small claims limit.

Purpose of the session

This one-off evidence session is expected to cover a number of issues including:

  • The rationale and evidence supporting the Government’s proposals for raising the small claims limit
  • The potential impact of raising the limit, including for employer liability/ public liability claims, and the implications for the judiciary and court staff
  • The Government’s progress in working towards implementation of the reforms, and its proposals for ensuring the needs of claimants are met
  • The implications of the reforms for the Before the Event (BTE) insurance market and the potential impact on the claims management sector

This is a one-off evidence session, and the Committee is not seeking written or oral submissions from others on the subjects which will be covered in the session.

Witnesses

Tuesday 16 January 2018, Committee Room 18

At 10am

  • Jason Tripp, Operations Director, Coplus
  • Steve Mitchell, Deputy Head of Legal Services, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw)
  • Nigel Teasdale, former President, and Shirley Denyer, Technical Director; Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL)

At around 10.30am

  • Mrs Justice Simler and HHJ Nigel Bird

At around 11am

  • Rt Hon Lord Keen of Elie QC, Ministry of Justice Spokesperson in the House of Lords

Further information

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