We reported recently on the Law Society's call to action over the government's consultation on personal injury claims reform, which closes on Friday 6 January 2017. This consultation proposes to increase the small claims limit and remove, or reduce, compensation for minor soft tissue injuries.
Given the impact this will have on access to justice and on the work of solicitors, the Law Society is encouraging members to respond to the consultation. To this end, the Society has developed a campaigner pack for members, which includes guidance on and template answers for responding to the consultation.
As well as making use of the template answers, the Law Society would welcome the inclusion of your own concerns regarding the proposals, particularly in relation to the inequality of arms that will result from the reforms, with other presumably unintended consequences - for example recovery of costs incurred by the health services in dealing with accidents. Including personal stories of those left without adequate advice will help to strengthen your response.
The Society also encourages you to write to your local MP regarding the consultation and has launched an online system that enables you to write to your MP in just five minutes, and includes a pre-written letter regarding the consultation.
It is crucial that as many people as possible express their concerns regarding the government's proposals before the consultation closes in January, so please respond and spread the word amongst your colleagues.