Webinar - The Whiplash Reforms

Thursday, 27 May 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    • Kerris Dale, Partner, BLM
    • Alistair Kinley, Director of Policy & Government Affairs, BLM

Whiplash reform was first proposed more than five years ago. The Civil Liability Act 2018 provided the necessary legal framework but developing the fine detail inevitably slipped because of the Covid crisis. The reforms are now on track and take effect from 31 May 2021. Damages awards are being reduced, the small claims limit is increasing and a new platform / portal for dealing with claims - www.officialinjuryclaim.org.uk - has been established.

This 60 minute session will set out the key measures in the reform package, consider the anticipated changes in the claims sector and the impacts for claimants, insurers and their customers in general.

Content & learning:

  • examining the structure and stages of the new road traffic claims process
  • explaining the aims and operation of the new small claims protocol and portal
  • understanding the likely effects of the reforms and anticipating unintended consequences.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to

  • understand the outline of the new claims process
  • understand which claims are in scope and which are not
  • understand the role and importance of officialinjuryclaim
  • anticipate the effects of the reforms across the sector
  • identify unresolved and controversial issues in the reform package


Alistair Kinley is Director of Policy & Government Affairs at BLM and responsible for engagement with government departments and regulators on policy and public affairs issues. He is a regular speaker and experienced commentator on legal and procedural reform, writing and editing www.blmpolicyblog.com

He has led the firm’s work on the Insurance Act, the Civil Liability Act and on legal costs issues such as the Jackson reforms. He served as a member of the Civil Justice Council of England & Wales and is a currently a member of the Ogden Tables Working Party and a Board Member of the Institute for European Traffic Law.

Kerris Dale https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerris-dale-38865745/

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