Brace Yourself for Jackson

Well, I have returned from a weeks’ holiday relaxed and refreshed and much as I would like to claim that it was conveniently timed to avoid the “Judgment Day” reforms that was, alas, a happy coincidence.

Given that the reforms represent the culmination (or almost culmination, some reforms don’t have effect until the end of July) of a year or two of bitter wrangling between the Insurance industry, Legal industry and Government, I am surprised to find that Preston seems to be exactly as it was when I left.  No burning fiery pits where Personal Injury law firms used to be, no homeless Lawyers begging for cash or offering to give advice for a ham sandwich. I must say, April 2nd must have been quite an anti-climax compared to the furore of the two year build-up.

Still, the reforms cannot be belittled and newspaper reports have already been peppered with news of redundancies and firm closures in the months leading up to the changes.  Whether those firms were going under already, and the confirmation that fees were being reduced was enough to tip them over the edge, or whether the mere confirmation itself was enough to send them hurtling in to administration, we should spare a thought for those who have already been hit hard by the reforms.

Which leads me to question why any of this is happening at all.  The Government is trying to reduce the costs of litigation, weed out fraudulent personal injury cases, and reduce car insurance premiums.  The reduced costs will force litigants to act in person, or be represented by (sometimes) unscrupulous and unqualified accident management companies, thereby clogging the courts with poorly presented cases with dubious merits.  Fraudulent cases fall in to the Multi-Track outside of the reduced costs regime, so they will not decrease; in fact, they will probably increase because less people will be represented by Lawyers so made-up cases will not be weeded out in the early stages.  And LV and other insurers have already confirmed that the changes will have little or no impact on the level of car insurance premiums.

So what has happened?  100,000 jobs in the personal injury sector have been put at risk, that’s what.  Partners, Solicitors, Paralegals, Secretarys, Admin Staff, Cleaners; nobody is safe from the risk.  Personally, I am not entirely sure why our own elected Government, which is supposed to represent our collective interests, is happy to intervene with buy-outs when factories face closure, but at the same time is willing to put so many people’s jobs at risk.  Each of those people pays tax, utilities, National Insurance, petrol, VAT etc. but with no income that money is gone from the system.  If what is predicted to happen does, in fact, happen, we will be back in to a deep recession before you can blink.

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David Mayor

About David Mayor

David is Head of the Preston Office's Civil Litigation team and deals with all types of private Civil Court disputes. David’s blogs cover his expertise in all aspects of personal injury law from low value Road Traffic Accidents right through to complex large loss claims. David also writes and has a vast array of experience in Public Liability (trips and slips), Employer's Liability (accidents at work), and Motor Claims (motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents).
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