New rules came into force on 31/05/21 affecting whiplash claims made following road traffic accidents which occurred on or before 31/05/21. These affect car, van, wagon and bus drivers and passengers in such vehicles. Certain categories of claimant are not caught by the new rules. See our Personal Injury claims page for further details.
The new rules make three big changes to whiplash injury claims.
Firstly, a new on-line claims portal is in place to deal with the claims process. This can be used by claimants themselves or their legal representatives. It applies to whiplash injuries with a value of £5,000 or less and an overall claim value of £10,000 or less.
Secondly, claimants can no longer obtain a contribution towards their legal fees from the party at fault if their claim is successful. If they use a solicitor they must pay for the legal fees themselves. This applies to whiplash claims with an overall value of £5,000 or less.
Thirdly, fixed compensation sums (known as tariffs) have been introduced for whiplash claims where the injuries last for less than 2 years. These range from £240 (for injuries lasting up to 3 months) to £4,345 (for injuries lasting up to 2 years).
Landlord and tenants
Residential landlord and tenants
The stay on evictions and the serving of eviction notices came to an end on 31/05/21. New rules apply from 01/06/21 making changes affecting section 21 and section 8 notices and the eviction process.
Commercial landlords and tenants
The current restrictions remain in force until 25/03/22. Forfeiture of leases for non-payment of rent and evictions are currently prohibited. Further guidance from the government is awaited.