The vast majority of the public will not be aware of the impending reforms set out by the Government in respect of an increase to the Small claims limit for claims involving road traffic accidents.  This reform raises the threshold of claims to £5000 from £1000 in addition to the introduction of a tariff system, which will see the vast majority of claims falling under this new procedure.  As a result, most claimants will not be able to access legal representation as costs cannot be recovered in the small claims court.

There will no doubt be a restriction of access to justice for the injured, as members of the public will not have the benefit of skilled, independent legal advice to circumnavigate not only the rules, but also see the correct level of compensation / damages.  They will also be faced with the googly of a well-funded insurer, who will have a legal outfield who will put out a very strong field.

We fear this will result in an uneven playing field and that is ‘just not cricket’.

In the event that you have been bowled out in a road traffic accident, when it was not your fault, please contact David Lydon at Sydney Mitchell Solicitors who will come out to bat on your side!

David Lydon 0808 166 8974 Email:

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