Access to Justice responds to the Government’s decision not to proceed with reforms to personal injury

13 October 2016: Press comment

Welcoming on the decision, Andrew Twambley, spokesperson for Access to Justice, said:

“The MoJ decision not to proceed with reforms to personal injury is a victory for common sense. There was no evidence that the reforms would work, and it was not clear whether customers would benefit in the form of lower premiums. Moreover, if passed into law, the reforms would have eroded the rights of millions of people access to gain redress for their injuries.

Nevertheless, all sides accept that there is an incentive to get rid of cold calling, cut down on fraud and frivolous claims, and operate a more efficient claims process which has the customer front and centre.

Access to Justice believes in a collaborative approach and urges insurers to take the opportunity afforded by the Government’s decision to have constructive dialogue with us to improve the RTA (road traffic accident) claims process. If the RTA claims market is dysfunctional, it is beholden on all those who work in the claims industry to collaborate and remove that dysfunction themselves.”

What the government proposed:

People making personal injury claims worth up to £5,000 would have to use the small claims court and cannot recoup the cost of any legal advice. In addition, they would no longer be able to get any cash settlement for pain and suffering caused, although they would be able to claim for physiotherapy and loss of earnings.

About A2J: A2J represents the interests of the public and is supported by the broader personal injury (PI) sector. Its prime focus is to respond to the government’s proposed road traffic accident compensation reforms. A2J provides a cohesive voice to fight these proposed draconian measures; it will work with the government and other interested parties to create sensible, balanced alternatives which protect individuals’ rights, while addressing the government’s concerns, particularly in relation to claims fraud.