Queen’s Speech & The Law (II) : Legal Reform

Posted by Oliver on June 28,2017

According to Law Society President Robert Bourns the UK is a world leader in promoting human rights, and the government’s commitment actively to enhance this commitment and ensure our rights are there for all of us is to be applauded and is important to the reputation of the UK.”

As such, he expressed his disappointment and dismay at proposals in the recent Queen’s Speech which opened the new Parliamentary year (which will run for two years instead of one year due to Brexit negotiations).

Although there was much for the Law Society and the legal sector to applaud (as set out in the previous post), the Queen’s Speech also set out plans for the new government to continue with controversial reforms to modernise the court system, and also to reduce and limit personal injury claims.

This was not so favourable received by the Law Society. The legal sector has long expressed concerns about the proposed changes and reforms. Following the Queen’s Speech, it was Mr Bourn’s turn; “Continued progress towards the careful modernisation of our courts system is to be welcomed, although care will need to be taken to ensure that justice is not diluted as it is modernised … However, we are very disappointed that the government has decided to revive its misguided whiplash reforms … It will be a clear injustice if the government persists with denying essential legal advice to those injured through no fault of their own – if government is truly committed to targeting fraudulent claims, it should do just that.”

Although designed to tackle fraudulent or inflated personal injury claims, the reality is that much of the reforms will actually impact upon genuine and serious personal injury claims. As such, the fear in the legal sector is that many victims of personal injury will no longer be able to make a compensation claim for their injuries if the whole range of measures goes through.

Moreover, the reforms to the court system and structure could potentially limit access to justice for many – including civil litigation and personal injury claims. In a society backed by the rule of law, and imbedded with the concept of justice being freely available and accessible to all, any limitations to that ability to seek justice fly in the face of those ancient principles. Such a limitation on access to justice is also fundamentally unfair, and simply not right in an open, democratic society.

Those changes and reforms are on the Parliamentary agenda. However, there is no telling if those reforms will actually be passed. If they are passed, in the Parliamentary proceedings, those reforms might themselves be altered or toned down to secure the passage of the necessary legislation through both Houses of Parliament. Those discussions might even end in no legislation being passed to enact the reforms.

Whether the reforms ae enacted or onto, at CompensationClaims.co we remain committed to obtaining justice for those suffering from a personal injury. We will work hard to represent you, the injured party, and to fight your legal case and claim following a personal injury accident that was not your fault, to the best of our ability, and within the parameters set out and defined by the law – whether those change or not.

At ComensationClaims.co, we remain committed to seeking justice for those suffering from personal injury, in whatever legal landscape we find ourselves in.