17th November - Law News

1788th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based news & legal articles archive focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's video story: The exiled population of the Chagos Islands have lost their long-running legal battle to be allowed to return to their homeland. They were expelled from the British-controlled islands more than 40 years ago to make way for a US military base.

Focus of the Day story:  The government is reportedly set to confirm claimant lawyers’ worst fears by raising the small claims limit five-fold and slashing damages for ‘minor’ whiplash injuries. BBC Radio's You and Yours programme reported this lunchtime that it had been given details of the long-awaited followup to last year’s autumn statement, in which the then chancellor George Osborne unveiled plans to raise the limit in the small claims court for all personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000. Osborne also proposed a ban on general damages for whiplash. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

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