Dramatic climbdown from Grayling as portal extension is delayed

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24 December 2012


Tonks: proper consideration was sacrificed

In a dramatic climbdown, the Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling has agreed that extension of the RTA portal to higher-value motor and employer’s and public claims will now not happen in April 2013.

The decision, which emerged late on Friday, follows the judicial review process begun last month by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS).

MASS said Mr Grayling had acknowledged it would be unlawful to implement the extension of portal because the full evaluation of the existing portal that was promised when this change was announced has not been carried out.

An announcement of the timetable for carrying out the evaluation and a new implementation date is to be made in the New Year. It is not yet clear what this means for the controversial consultation that proposes slashing portal fees by 60%.

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