The Law Society are demanding that solicitor’s voices are heard when MP’s hear evidence in the whiplash inquiry, in a carefully written request from President Lucy Scott-Moncrieff.
It was revealed at the end of last month by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee (CTSC) that the inquiry will take place and they have said that they will invite witnesses to appear in parliament after they closed the call for evidence yesterday.
Moncrieff wrote in her request to the committee: “This is a debate which all too often the perspective of only a single side – the insurers – is heard. As I am sure you will agree such a one-sided debate has the potential to distort the facts leading to, in the Society’s view, ill considered and disproportionate policy making.”
The whiplash inquiry is being launched by the committee to establish whether or not the Government are correct in describing the UK as the ‘whiplash capital of the world’ and what proportion of claims made are exaggerated or fabricated.
Questions have been raised though what they can add to the debate with Ministry of Justice (MoJ) having already consulted on whether or not to increase the small claims limit from £1,000 to £5,000 and expected to press on with this in the near future.
It could be that the whiplash inquiry is ‘too little, too late’ for the personal injury industry and the genuine car accident victim.
1. UKAJI; https://ukaji.org/2016/02/29/access-to-justice-the-bach-commissions-call-for-evidence/