As the year draws to a close, LPC Law takes the opportunity to review some highlights of key developments in the area of civil litigation and procedure.
A greater divergence in approaches to repossessions emerged between England and Wales, as covered in February, June and again in July. Whilst notice periods are now back at pre-Covid levels in England (for instance, 14 days for a Ground 8 arrears claim), the notice period for s8 notices in Wales continues to be 6 months until at least 24 March 2022.
Whiplash Reforms came into effect on 31 May. Amongst the changes whiplash injuries of up to 2 years’ duration arising from road accidents occurring on/after that date are subject to a tariff. A new procedural regime applies to low-value personal injury RTA claims, which are allocated to the Small Claims Track if the Claimant is an adult injured in a road accident with a value of claim up to £5000.