Warren Collins, a personal injury partner who specialises in catastrophic injury cases, was interviewed by LexisPSL on his reactions to this year’s Autumn Statement.
According to Warren, the five main points of the Autumn Statement for personal injury lawyers are:
He commented: “I suspect there will be some big, and some surprising, changes in the personal injury sector.”
In response to Lexis PSL’s question about any surprises in the Statement, Warren said: “There were no real surprises. This government seems intent on eroding access to justice to injured accident victims. While it is right that legal costs must be just and proportionate and fraud needs to be eliminated from the system, there are already features in place to deal with these concerns.
“The increase of the small claims limit and removal of damages for whiplash injuries will deny justice to a significant number.”
When asked what PI lawyers should be doing when the dust settles, Warren concluded: “PI lawyers have faced numerous challenges and changes in recent years. If they are to stay in business, they will have to adapt. I suspect those concentrating on low value bulk work will attempt to reinvent themselves as catastrophic injury lawyers.”
The full LexisPSL article can be read here.