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ABI anger over proposed damages changes

3rd September 2012

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled that personal injury damages payments should rise by 10 per cent from April 2013, sparking strong protest from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

In response, judges at the CoA have decided to reopen debate over the issue, which is not a move they are often known for making. Those at the head of the case have asked the ABI to contact the Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), so that they can be listed as defendants.

A spokesman from the ABI said that, if the proposed changes were allowed to go ahead, it would not be to the benefit of anyone with legal jobs in this sector and would damage the fine balance between the costs facing the representatives of defendants and claimants currently in place.

This latest case could serve to bring to a climax the bitter arguments that have been raging between insurers and claimant bodies for the last ten years or so.