“Guess what… the Lord Chancellor’s review of the discount rate is not going to be completed by 31/1/17”

30th January 2017

No-one will fall over with surprise at this one, writes Matthew White of St John’s Chambers. Having announced on 7/12/16 that she would publish the results of a review on the discount rate for use in personal injury claims by 31/1/17, the Lord Chancellor is being reported as having said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange on Friday that she will not, in fact, be saying anything about the review by 31/1/17. This, it seems, has nothing to do with the Association of British Insurer’s failed attempt to judicially review her approach to the process: see R (on the application of the Association of British Insurers v. (1) Lord Chancellor (Defendant): and (2) Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Interested Party), as yet unreported judgment of Andrew Baker J on 20/1/17. It is said that the Lord Chancellor “remains committed to making an announcement in February”.

For the London Stock Exchange Announcement, see here

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