Theresa May’s newly elected government have confirmed that fresh reforms to personal injury claims are back on the agenda. 

It was announced in the Queen’s speech that changes to personal injury litigation would be implemented via the Civil Liability bill. The government has claimed that this new bill will address the ‘compensation culture’ around motor insurance claims whilst ‘modernising the courts system and helping to reduce motor insurance premiums’. This new piece of legislation will ban offers to settle claims on a ‘pre-medical’ basis and will require claimants to provide supportive medical evidence in order to obtain a settlement. The government has also announced that there will be a new fixed tariff of compensation for whiplash injuries lasting up to two years. 

Part of the reforms will also include primary legislation to enable the creation of the ‘Online Solutions Court’ to handle small civil claims. The court system in England and Wales has long been criticised for failing to take advantage of modern technology. The government have said that the Courts Bill, as cited in the Queen’s Speech, will introduce digital services to allow interested parties to pursue their cases quickly. Whether this will pave the way for an online court for civil claims is something that will have to be closely monitored...