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Know the Rules! - Jonathan Wheeler, Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors

10/07/17. Jonathan Wheeler comments on the case of Thompson v Reeve and the importance of getting service right.

The headache for the claimant’s lawyers began with the Lord Chancellor’s announcement on 27th February 2017 that she was going to reduce the discount rate in March from + 2.5% to -.75%. This represented a seismic shift in the way the courts would approach the quantum of future losses in claims brought by people who had been seriously injured.

Ms Thompson had been involved in a road traffic accident in August 2008, when she was 14 years old. There were three defendants – Reeve, the negligent driver, the Motor Insurance Bureau as Reeve was uninsured, and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust which treated Ms Thompson after the accident and did so negligently. Liability had been entered against the defendants. The claimant...

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