Regulation of claims management activities in England and Wales was introduced under the Compensation Act 2006 and came fully into force on 23 April 2007. The regulator is the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. Content in this section of the GOV.UK web site includes links to relevant legislation and rules; guidance and policy documents; consultations; and an occasional bulletin. There is also a search facility for checking whether or not a business has been authorised.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is the executive agency of the Ministry of Justice which administers the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in England, Scotland and Wales. Its pages on the GOV.UK portal site contain the current, 2012 scheme, application forms, and annual reports 1997 onwards. To access the scheme, select “What we do”.
The First-tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation) hears appeals against awards made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Formerly known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP), it has since 3 November 2008 formed part of the First-tier Tribunal’s Social Entitlement Chamber. This section of the GOV.UK site includes the current Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, with guidance documents; practice statements and protocols. There is a link to a database on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary web site, which comprises appeals concerning criminal injuries compensation decided in the courts from 1982 onwards.
The First-tier Tribunal (War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation) hears appeals from ex-servicemen or women in England and Wales relating to the two schemes that provide compensation for injuries in the Armed Forces – the War Pensions Scheme and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Formerly known as the Pensions Appeal Tribunal, it has formed the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal since 3 November 2008. This section of the GOV.UK web site provides information on the appeal process, with links to legislation and procedural rules.
Hardwicke is a set of barristers’ chambers in Lincoln’s Inn specialising in civil litigation. The site content includes case reports, articles and newsletters on a wide range of topics including commercial law, employment, housing, property, personal injury, clinical negligence and medical malpractice. These may be accessed from the “Insights” tab at the head of the home page.
Subscription service. The Personal Injury database within Lawtel contains: articles; case comments; an archive of over 4000 PI quantum reports from 1980 onwards; and various practice tools, including the Judicial College Guidelines (14th edition, searchable), PI Actuarial Tables (7th, 6th and 5th editions), the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, an Inflation Calculator and an Interest Calculator. Many unreported settlements and awards are included among the cases. The site is updated daily.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) enters into agreements with the government concerning compensation of victims of road accidents caused by negligent uninsured and untraced drivers. Documents on the site include the texts of all the Uninsured Drivers’ Agreements and Untraced Drivers’ Agreements applying within various parts of the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar. To access these select “Making a claim”.
The Actuarial Tables with Explanatory Notes for Use in Personal Injury and Fatal Accident Cases, commonly known as the Ogden Tables, may be downloaded from this page of the GOV.UK site. All editions are available, from the current 7th (2011) back to the 1st (1984).
PEOPIL was founded to improve and promote judicial co-operation and mutual knowledge of legal and judicial systems of European jurisdictions in the field of personal injury law. Many areas of the site are accessible only by members: freely accessible content includes position papers, press releases and news items.
The Pensions Appeal Tribunal Scotland hears appeals from ex-servicemen and women in Scotland who have had their claims for a war pension rejected by the Secretary of State for Defence. It deals with both the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and the War Pension Scheme. Besides legislation and information on the appeal process, the site has a set of Medical Appendices which provide basic information on a range of medical conditions.
Pension and compensation schemes for the UK armed forces and veterans communities are provided by Veterans UK, a part of the Ministry of Defence. This section of the GOV.UK web site has information, guidance and other material relating to various schemes including the Armed Forces Pension Schemes 1975, 2005 and 2015; the Reserve Forces Pension Scheme; and the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Overseas) Scheme.
PI Brief Update is a monthly email newsletter, free to those who sign up, which provides brief details of recent case law on personal injury. It is written by a team of barristers who specialise in personal injury.
This site provides calculators designed to assist personal injury lawyers to prepare personal injury and clinical negligence claim documents. Tables are reproduced from the 7th, 6th and 5th editions of the Ogden Tables. The calculators are accessible only by subscribers.