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Compensation explained

Compensation explain: New publication launched

APIL has launched a public information booklet to end negative narratives about personal injury claims.

Compensation Explained is an online publication which highlights the importance of preserving the right to compensation for injured people. It is designed to be accessible to someone with no prior knowledge of the legal system and aims to eradicate myths and misconceptions about personal injury.

“We are determined to do all we can to ensure that some harmful and misguided perceptions about personal injury will be turned around,” said APIL chief executive Deborah Evans.

“Clients and lawyers of course have already experienced personal injury first hand. But it is their friends, and their friends’ friends and colleagues, and the wider public, we need to reach,” she said.

APIL asks that members support and share the booklet on social media. The association would also welcome any offers from members’ firms to publish Compensation Explained on their own websites. Please email Jane Hartwell, communications manager, at: jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk for the relevant files.

Find Compensation Explained on the APIL website here.

Watch out for an upcoming article in the Law Society Gazette from APIL’s president Brett Dixon about the effect perceptions can have on the Government’s agenda.

News

Reduce the number of whiplash claims by reducing collisions

APIL’s letter with an anti-tailgating message has been published in regional newspapers across England this week.
“Most motorists will agree that having another car travelling inches from your boot is one of the greatest sources of stress and agitation on the road,” is reads.

“More importantly, aggressive driving is dangerous and is the key factor in many needless personal injury claims.”

The letter has been printed in several regional newspapers so far including Manchester Evening News, Yorkshire Evening Post, Southern Daily Echo, Express and Star and Bath Chronicle, as well as online.

Read the full letter here.

Future of civil litigation to be considered at legal policy forum event

APIL president Brett Dixon will join fellow legal industry figures tomorrow (Friday 13 October) to discuss the future of civil ligation in England and Wales.

Brett will be joined by Rob Cummings of the ABI, Annette Morris of Cardiff University, and Iain Stark of Weightmans on a panel at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum event on next steps for civil justice reform. The panel, which will be chaired by former justice minister Lord Faulks, will look at the Government’s whiplash and small claims proposals, as well as Lord Justice Jackson’s recent review of civil litigation costs.

Attendees at the event will also hear from recently appointed Supreme Court Justice Lord Briggs of Westbourne, who will speak about reform of the civil courts.

A full round-up of the event will be included in next week’s issue of Weekly News.

PRACTICE

PI Focus – October issue

The October issue of PI Focus is now available online here: www.apil.org.uk/members/pi_focus.pdf.

We report on the latest estimate from the Ministry of Justice for its time-scales for implementing more changes to the discount (see news page 4) as well as articles on: Part 36, clinical negligence costs, Asbestos lung cancer claims, professional negligence, insolvent defendants, lost years claims and, finally, PTSD.

Case notes from this issue can also be downloaded here: http://www.apil.org.uk/legal-information-search?search-type=case-reports
This issue includes two clinical negligence claims, including one for surrogacy costs following a complete loss of fertility.
These documents were added to the APIL website on 11 October and subscribers were alerted immediately. To ensure you receive the latest updates from APIL’s website, set up your subscription preferences here.

To find out what’s new in the legal information section, go to: http://www.apil.org.uk/legal-information-search

CCMCC age of work statistics

CCMCC’s age of work information helps members gauge how long it will take for their new claims, applications and other items to be processed by the court. The numbers below show how many working days, (following the date of receipt by CCMCC) it is taking for each type of work to be processed.

Here is the age of work as at 9 October.

WORK AREA WORKING AT
(WORKING DAYS)

Claim issue 11
AOS 10
Defences 10
Judgments 11
Applications to be processed/orders drawn 26
Correspondence 11
Direction Questionnaires 11
Attachment of Earnings 10
Transfer of file to local court from date of order/notice of transfer 5

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Online conversations this week
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  • Work experience accident – EL or PL?
  • Failure to file a costs budget – relief from sanction!

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