Government Puts Whiplash Reform on Hold: DAC Beachcroft Reaction

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Government Puts Whiplash Reform on Hold: DAC Beachcroft Reaction

Published On: 13 October 2016

The Ministry of Justice is understood to have postponed the whiplash reforms announced by former Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement last November.

Reacting to the development, Andrew Parker, Partner and Head of Strategic Litigation at international law firm DAC Beachcroft, said: "The Autumn Statement announcement was a reaction to a real problem, which has not gone away.   The number of whiplash claims in the UK makes up around half of the total of such claims across the whole of the EU. On any view, that should not be allowed to continue.

"These hundreds of thousands of minor injury claims each year are hugely inflating the cost of motor insurance in the UK.

"Consumers are still besieged by nuisance calls about accidents they never had – only yesterday I received such a call.  An urgent fix is needed for the good of consumers:  we are all paying to feed this 'whiplash monster'."

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