The Ministry Justice has confirmed it will publish the Civil Liability Bill today, 20 March 2018. This Bill is the legislative vehicle for changing how the personal injury discount rate is set and for reforming how whiplash claims are resolved. The MoJ announced this by a notification to the Stock Exchange earlier this morning.

The MoJ has already given indications that April 2019 is its preferred implementation date for the latter reform and that now also seems a realistic timescale for the former, although it is impossible to be certain at this very early stage of this combined Bill. It should be noted that both sets of measures will apply to England and Wales only.

Further details and comment will follow later today as and when we have reviewed the Bill and accompanying materials, which should include the Government ‘s response to the Justice Select Committee’s report on the initial draft provisions about the discount rate (first published last September).