The Justice Committee will consider evidence from previous whiplash inquiries and is calling for new submissions

The Justice Committee has launched a new inquiry into the personal injury small claims limit.

It will investigate the impact of raising the small claims limit to £5,000 for RTA-related whiplash claims and to £2,000 for more general personal injury claims. The impact of these changes on claims management companies and on the market for before the event legal expenses insurance.

A single evidence session will be held in the new year. Following this, the committee will publish a report.

In the session, the committee will look over written evidence that was submitted to its previous inquiry into personal injury, whiplash and the small claims limit, which was stopped because of the general election in June.

The committee will also consider oral evidence on soft tissue injury claims that was given in February by the ABI’s James Dalton and Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) past president Neil Sugarman.

The committee is inviting written submissions on the impact of adjusting the small claims limit on claims management companies and before the event legal expenses insurers, so long as they raise new points. The deadline for submissions is 22 December 2017.