The Civil Liability Bill was introduced into the House of Lords on 21 March 2018. The aim of the Bill is to make changes to the way in which personal injuries claims are assessed in England and Wales. The Bill proposes far-reaching reforms designed to help reduce the volume and cost of lower value whiplash claims, while also introducing measures to modernise the manner in which the discount rate is set.
It has been over a year now since the introduction of the core Simple Procedure rules in Scotland. The rules were aimed at providing a speedy, inexpensive and informal procedure for the resolution of non-personal injury civil disputes of a cash value up to £5,000.
The Inner House of the Court of Session (Appeal Court) recently issued its judgment in the case of Pocock v Highland Council  CSIH 76, a case in which the Pursuer’s case against the Defenders’ had failed at first instance.
In the case of Jacqueline Smith v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and others  EWCA Civ 1916 the Court of Appeal in England and Wales recently held that bereavement awards should be extended to cohabitants in circumstances where the parties to the relationship had been cohabiting for two years prior to the deceased’s death.