Kerry Underwood


with 25 comments

Joan, who once produced six Nettleweed and Avocado teabags from her handbag when they had run out of coffee at the Isles of Scilly North Property Solicitors Organisation Subcommittee, will be the Law Society Gazette’s Legal Personality of the Year.

The Association of British Insurers welcomes the new £10 million fee for issuing personal injury claims.

Motor insurance premiums do not fall.

The Briggs Court online McKenzie Friend scheme runs into trouble when the Digital Court accesses the wrong Friend site and gets some digital content it did not expect.

The Ministry of Justice expresses surprise that court fee income has dropped, not risen, since the introduction of a minimum £25 million issue fee.

Cameras pick out confidential papers being carried by the Lord Chancellor. Legal commentators speculate on the significance of Janet and John and Noddy goes to the High Court.

Motor insurance premiums do not fall.

The MOJ announces reverse damages – the more you are injured the more you have to pay the insurance company.

The Daily Mail intervenes in the Supreme Court to argue that small men with little moustaches, not Parliament, should make the law.

Following the new £1 billion court fee only Bolton County Court has any cases.

Bolton Council is asked to explain why it has spent the entire UK budget on court fees for Asons.

Police struggle to control a mass demonstration of lawyers chanting “Bring back Osborne and Grayling”.

Legal aid is reintroduced for everyone, provided that they pay the £10 billion court fee themselves.

Queen’s Park Rangers will not be promoted.

Motor insurance premiums do not fall.


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Written by kerryunderwood

December 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

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  1. Can anyone explain the rationale for the government increasing the small claims limit to £5000 for all PI claims when the reason they give for raising it is to prevent fraudulent whiplash claims? If that’s the rationale then increase it to £5k for whiplash claims only…. Absolute joke


    December 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

  2. Morning Kerry,

    Well you made me laugh this bleak morning.

    Thank you!

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    December 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

  3. All those Disbursement funders will be licking their lips at the 8%+ interest on their juicy billion pound court fees…!

    Alex Brown

    December 7, 2016 at 9:19 am

  4. What about the Briggs Court where a “Small Claim” will be £25000 and below? That’s a lot more ridiculous and will do a whole lot more high street solicitors out of jobs. I have been trying for two years to find a new career/job but difficult nay impossible at over 50 years of age! I couldnt even get a job as someones PA recently. Lord Briggs obviously hasn’t considered the prospect of LIPs pursuing seriously legally complex issues and cases through this system. The Online “Judges” (will they really be judges? – Judge Rinder?)
    will need personal psychologists/psychiatrists to enable them to cope with their job.


    December 7, 2016 at 9:29 am

  5. See my blog coming shortly: BOLOC – the Briggs Online Live Open Court.



    December 7, 2016 at 9:37 am

  6. Yhoooo so no change then world still going to hell in a hand cart well merry Xmas
    I always enjoy your blogs Kerry keep up stirring the pot hohohoho

    John fairhurst

    December 7, 2016 at 9:44 am

    • Thanks John. One of the few advantages if getting older is to have seen it all before- well most of it anyway- things change- darkest hour before dawn and all that. My view is that the British people have had enough of what are currently third rate politicians attacking doctors, police, army, teachers, lawyers etc Things will change



      December 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

      • Kerry let’s hope I would not want my girls or anyone I know and love to go through the things that I have or am going through right now because of this whole situation have a good Xmas old chap from another very old chap hoho Ho Ho

        John fairhurst

        December 7, 2016 at 10:47 am

      • Prefer – “late middle-aged” 🙂


        December 7, 2016 at 11:52 am

  7. Please; it is the ‘Isles of Scilly’ not the ‘Scilly Isles’, other than that – brilliant let’s see how close to reality, or what passes for reality in some peoples minds, it comes !

    Neil Lobb

    December 7, 2016 at 10:18 am

  8. Reverse damages …. love it ! Thanks for the chuckle 🙂

    Amanda Cunliffe

    December 7, 2016 at 11:15 am

    • Always have this nagging fear that MOJ will take my ironic ravings seriously and implement them!


      December 7, 2016 at 11:45 am

  9. Only 8 points away from the playoffs if my maths is right. There’s still (remarkably slender) hope for QPR…more chance of that than the premiums going down anyway…

    Chris W

    December 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    • Chris

      True, but if you watched them every week….think the modern expression is “direction of travel”. As to premiums going down – Rotherham have more chance of automatic promotion than that happening!



      December 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm

  10. Excellent as always, did I miss a subliminal message about insurance premiums.

    I’ll re-read several times am sure it must be in the.

    Chris Howard

    December 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm

  11. Are we surprised by anything any more ?! As far as I am concerned , anything could happen. Therefore I endorse your sentiments . Sarah Lapsley

    Sent from my iPhone

    Sarah Lapsley

    December 8, 2016 at 3:07 pm

  12. 🙂 😦


    December 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm

  13. Hi Kerry,

    I have just read below about PI Reforms consultation.

    “The longer-term impact of the regulatory changes will be contingent on the outcome of the Ministry of Justice’s response to the consultation, which is due to be published in April 2017.

    Do you still think PI Reforms will be implemented in April 2017? If not then when is most likely these changes will be implemented in 2017 according to your analysis and understanding?

    In addition after consultation I believe it will take government to take time to review the responses in consultation etc? How much time do you think it will take them to review, announce and implement?


    December 12, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    • Where is that from? Please read my post PI Consultation – Unified blog dealing with all matters – where I deal with this point. Primary legislation is required for some of the reforms but only secondary legislation for others. The small claims track increase requires only secondary legislation, so could be introduced in April,. It is more likely to be October 2017. The rest is unlikely before 2018.



      December 13, 2016 at 4:41 pm

  14. I think Bolton County Court is on the MOJ’s closure list lol.

    Jonathan Massey

    January 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm

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