Jackson Reforms

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012

No news bulletin on the subject of costs would be complete without mention of the Lord Justice Jackson’s proposed reforms. Legal Futures reports that the Prime Minister has announced the extension of the RTA portal scheme to cases up to £25,000 as well as to further, as yet unspecified, areas of personal injury litigation, which are expected to include at least employers’ liability and public liability claims.

In a speech to businesses in Maidenhead, Mr Cameron pledged to “kill off the health and safety culture for good.” The government manages to apply a very negative spin to the expression “health and safety culture”. However, a culture where employers are obliged to take reasonable steps in order to ensure that their employees are not injured in the course of their work is something that any civilised society should strive for.

Whether the government’s base assumption of an ingrained “culture” is even correct is open to question. Research commissioned by the Access to Justice Action Group suggests that 48% of people injured at work do not make a claim even when they know someone else is at fault.

It is said that history repeats itself. Business today complains of a “health and safety culture,” just as Charles Dickens put it in his day “…they were ruined when such inspectors considered it doubtful whether they were quite justified in chopping people up with their machinery…”

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