Two pieces of legislation came into law today which will transform the personal injury sector and set the ball rolling on sweeping court reforms.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed Royal Assent has been granted to both the Civil Liability Bill and Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill.

Justice secretary David Gauke said the new legislation showed that, despite the squeeze on parliamentary time, this was a sign of the Ministry of Justice ‘getting on with business as usual and delivering real change’.

The Civil Liability Act introduces a tariff on damages for soft tissue injuries sustained in an RTA. This is likely to be implemented in April 2020 at the same time as the government introduces a new £5,000 small claims limit for RTA claims. Both measures are expected to significantly reduce the number of lawyers working in the low-value claims sector.