Small claims limit to be raised?
We are finally starting to see a bit of stability and certainty returning to the personal injury and legal costs world.
Obviously, I am joking.
Those responsible for running the RTA portal recently told the Ministry of Justice that it would take 11 months to amend the portal to encompass RTA claims worth up to £25,000 and a further two years and seven months to build and test a new system for EL and PL claims. Some breathing space then? Don’t count on it.
The government is apparently determined to introduce the expanded RTA claims portal in April 2013, as previously planned.
If that looks like a seismic shift, Legal Futures is reporting that the government is planning to revisit the possibility of raising the small claims track limit for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000 and plans to consult over this issue in the summer. That really would have a profound impact on the PI industry.