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Lynne Bradey

Email: lynne.bradey@wrigleys.co.uk

Telephone: 0114 267 5584

Position: Partner

The discount rate for personal injury lump sum compensation payments – Announcement by the Lord Chancellor

We are pleased that the Lord Chancellor has announced the discount rate for personal injury lump sum compensation payments.

The discount rate governs the amount of money a client should receive when they are paid compensation now for expenditure that will happen in the future.  That could be to purchase an adapted vehicle or equipment for example.

Under the Damages Act 1996, the Lord Chancellor needs to consider certain factors when deciding what the rate should be.

  • actual returns available to investors;
  • actual investments made by investors of relevant damages;
  • such allowances for tax, inflation and investment management costs as thought appropriate; and
  • wider economic factors.

The rate is now minus 0.25%.

We are very pleased that there is now clarity about this after a long period of uncertainty.  We are also hopeful that clients whose cases have been in limbo during the discount rate consultation and decision will be able to see their cases settled and move on with the next chapter of their lives.

19 Aug 2019

Was an employer vicariously liable for workplace harassment via social media?

EAT provides useful guidance on a developing area of potential liability for employers.

14 Aug 2019

Changes to Companies House register help protect health and safety of individuals by restricting public access to personal information

This is helpful for persons who may be at risk of personal threat of harm because of their public profile or sensitive occupation.

12 Aug 2019

Charities expert joins successful team to grow Wrigleys' presence in the sector

Fiona Wharton joins the top tier Charities and Social Economy team.