The 12th edition of the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases was published in August 2013 (writes David Sandison, accredited personal injury specialist and member of the Society’s Civil Justice Committee). As predicted in my note on the previous edition (Journal, December 2012, 42), it includes a 10% uplift following the decision in Simmons v Castle  EWCA Civ 1039.
The new guidelines have parallel sets of tables. The first set is the updated Guidelines without taking any account of the 10% increase, reflecting the impact of inflation. The second set includes the 10% uplift recommended by Sir Rupert Jackson. Scottish courts have regularly approved the Guidelines, but the new tables will leave open the question of how to address the 10% increase.
Sheriff Principal Taylor’s report on the Review of Expenses and Funding, at chapter 9, paras 113 and 114 saw no reason to recommend any general increase in the level of awards of damages for personal injury in Scotland in light of his proposals.
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- Myths and minimum pricing
- Off to see about my trade mark
- Let them (not) eat cake
- Fifty shades of green
- Reading for pleasure
- Opinion column: Stephen McGowan
- Book reviews
- President's column
- Let’s get crofts on the register
- In black and white
- Better which way?
- Trending… in public law
- The changing world of the expert
- Brighter at last
- Reflections on five years
- Concert complexities
- Protecting your image
- Up for review
- Are you a specialist?
- Email: a question of access
- Financial fair play
- Salvesen: the proposed fix
- Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal
- Shape your business's future
- Mortgage lending – the new landscape
- Profiting from Cost of Time
- Family DR options advice – carrot or stick?
- How not to win business: a guide for professionals
- Ask Ash
- PI Guidelines: further edition
- Law reform roundup
- Diary of an innocent in-houser