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Osborne confirms he finds rule of law unnecessary

Kerry Underwood: I am back. Solicitors Journal and I have got back together more times than Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. This first piece on my return is direct from parliament

22 January 2016

Order! Order! Spring Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne

By scrapping general damages and costs in personal injury cases up to a figure that I have not yet determined, on a date that I have not yet announced, covering types of cases which I have not yet specified, I will pass the burden of compensating injured people and treating them from insurance companies to the state.

I had thought that £5,000 was the appropriate figure, but my friend in the judiciary, the Right Honourable Sir Michael Townley Featherstone Briggs, Charterhouse and Magdalene, has advised that we do not need lawyers or courts for any claim under £25,000.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas (salary £247,112), fully supports this and says the judiciary is suffering from low morale and that their work is not valued or app...

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