Sarah bill: peer withdraws whiplash curb amendment

first_imgA Conservative peer and leading figure in the defendant law sector has failed in a bid to abolish damages payments for less-serious claims.Lord Hunt of Wirral (pictured), a partner at international firm DAC Beachcroft, sought legislation in the House of Lords to prevent courts awarding damages where the victim has suffered a ‘loss of function’ of less than 15%.Hunt proposed amendments to the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (Sarah) currently being debated in the chamber.The peer said he wanted to substitute treatment for payment in low-value cases and focus on ‘getting people better rather than by paying them cash’.Hunt said: ‘UK motorists do not have the weakest necks in Europe; we have a whiplash culture because as a society we have not taken the same stance as other European countries to avoid these claims in the first place.‘In other countries you have to prove a level or percentage of disability before you can even make a claim.’Hunt said he ‘borrowed substantially’ from a report published in July by insurer Aviva, which argued that reform of compensation payments could save £32 on every motorist’s car insurance premium.The peer said claims farmers ‘continue to proliferate’ despite the ban on referral fees, and said organised ‘crash for cash’ schemes had become a ‘huge industry’.Cross-bencher Lord Pannick said the amendment would ‘fundamentally alter’ the scope and effectiveness of the bill, which is designed to make courts consider the context of an action that is the subject of a liability claim.Pannick said: ‘They would prohibit the courts from awarding damages in respect of personal injury in defined circumstances. The existing provisions of the bill simply identify factors for the court to take into account in deciding whether there has been a breach of the duty of care.’Justice minister Lord Faulks said Hunt was right to flag up the ‘unattractive landscape’ where it is easier for insurance companies to pay out rather than contest cases.But he said the focus of the bill was on liability rather than quantum and Hunt’s amendment should not form part of the bill. He added that fraudulent claims were being dealt with by the ‘fundamentally dishonest’ strike-out clause in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill currently going through the House of Lords.Hunt withdrew the amendment. After the debate, shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter claimed the motion was a ‘worrying’ indicator of potential Conservative policy. ‘A future Tory government would stack the deck in favour of their funders and supporters even if this means undermining long-set principles of common law.’last_img read more

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Alvaro Morata enjoys beach break with heavily-pregnant wife Alice Campello as couple prepare for third child

first_img Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 FORMER Chelsea star Alvaro Morata was pictured sunning it up with his heavily-pregnant wife.Atletico Madrid striker Morata and wife Alice Campello were spotted holding hands on the beach.Alvaro Morata holds hands with his wife Alice CampelloCredit: Splash NewsMorata and Alice pucker up on the beach in Marbella, SpainCredit: Splash NewsMorata relaxed in the ocean after Atletico Madrid’s Champions League exitCredit: Splash NewsThe picture-perfect couple are expecting their third child.And they chose to holiday in Marbella, Spain as Morata relaxes after Atleti’s Champions League exit at the hands of RB Leipzig last week.Diego Simeone’s side went down 2-1 to the German side, with Morata coming off the bench in the 72nd minute. The former Juventus striker married Alice in 2017 and the happy couple already have twin sons.Boys Alessandro and Leonardo are two years old and will be joined by a new arrival.Italian model and fashion designer Alice, 25, has 2.3million Instagram followers who she updates with pictures of her young family.And the couple got engaged when Morata, 27, got down on one knee during a magic show in 2016.They went on to the tie the knot in the idyllic setting of Venice, with footballers such as Isco in attendance.The Moratas and their expanding brood split their time between Madrid and Alice’s homeland Italy.Alvaro Morata has to pull Kieran Trippier away from walking on Atletico Madrid’s crest on his La Liga debut 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Football player touch female referee s breast!center_img Amazing movies best funny animals Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

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