UK Personal Injury Market 2018: Market Trends Report

  • ID: 4603196
  • Report
  • Region: United Kingdom, Great Britain
  • 59 Pages
  • IRN Research
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Some Respite but Not Relief for the Personal Injury Market.         

The UK Personal Injury Market Report 2018 is the fifth edition of an annual market report that provides an overview of the UK personal injury market.

The personal injury market is a large market, worth almost £4bn annually, but it is struggling togenerate any real growth: 

  • The new legislation set for April 2020 (increasing small claim limit for PI claims, introducing a range of fixed costs tariffs, encouraging more litigants in person) will negatively impact on the revenues and margins of PI law firms and claims management companies (CMCs).
  • Despite the above outlook, our annual survey of PI practitioners shows that 45% are expecting their PI workloads to increase in the next 12 months, increasing from 35% in 2017. As in 2017, half of firms are expecting their PI workloads to stay the same but a smaller percentage are predicting a decrease in workload.
  • This report expects the PI market to grow modestly in value terms in 2018 and 2019 but it is likely to decline in 2020 as the new rules start to have an impact. Once the market has aligned itself to the new landscape, the market should see some value growth.  Underlying volumes, however, will continue to fall.

In the next year or so, it is likely that PI law firms and CMCs will embark on contingency plans and strategies ready for the 2020 reforms. These include:

  • More mergers and acquisitions as smaller vulnerable players continue to leave the market or become part of a larger group.
  • Adding related business activities to the core PI claims business to increase revenues and rely less on just low value PI work. Activities such as accident management services, vehicle recovery and repair, replacement vehicle hire, damage assessment, and medical care/rehabilitation services.
  • Larger PI firms and CMCs investing more in new technology to further commoditise the claims process to cope with the new lower value claims landscape.
  • Leading general practice PI firms already reducing their dependence on this sector and expanding in other consumer law areas.
  • Some PI firms tried broadening their services by exploiting the increase in CN cases. The results of this have been mixed largely because the expertise needed to deal with complicated CN cases does not come overnight. Some providers are now rolling back this approach and looking at other possible new income streams, for example housing disrepair claims.
  • More restructuring of many PI practice teams.
  • The emergence of new business models to streamline the claims process, reduce costs, share technologies, e.g. law firms joining forces with insurance companies, CMCs setting up law firms via ABS, legal providers setting up integrated businesses with accident management and rehabilitation suppliers.

This Report Examines:

  • Details of market size and historical trends
  • Supply structure
  • Key players
  • Commentary on key issues
  • Forecasts
  • Sector practitioner survey
  • Associations.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Bolt Burden Kemp
  • Express Solicitors Ltd
  • Fletchers Solicitors
  • Irwin Mitchell Group
  • Lyons Davidson
  • Simpson Millar LLP
  • MORE

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Introduction
  • Market characteristics
  • Some respite but not relief for a troubled sector
  • The number of RTAs and industrial accidents is declining
  • Weak market value growth and declining work volumes
  • The future – no sign of a silver lining
  • Yet, PI practitioners still slightly more optimistic in 2018 than 2017

2. INTRODUCTION

  • Definition
  • Abbreviations

3. MARKET STRUCTURE

  • The main types of PI work
  • Four main market participants
  • The number of solicitors and legal companies
  • The number of claims management companies continues to decline

4. MARKET DEVELOPMENTS AND DRIVERS

  • Overview
  • Increase in small claims limit and FRCs delayed until April 2020
  • Estimated £80m a year loss for claimant lawyers under proposed reforms
  • FRCs for clinical negligence cases getting closer
  • FRCs extended to holiday sickness claims
  • LASPO – the starting point for PI market changes – under review
  • Possible risk of misconduct for some PI firms dealing with CMCs
  • Recommendations for FRCs for noise-induced hearing loss claims
  • The Government reforms claims reporting and medical evidence
  • The Ogden Rate
  • Stronger regulation of CMCs
  • Victory for law firms in Edmondson v Haven case
  • The DoH rapid resolution and redress scheme (RRR)

5. THE KEY PLAYERS

  • Overview
  • Admiral Group PLC (Admiral Law Ltd/BDE Law)
  • Bolt Burden Kemp
  • Bott & Co Solicitors Ltd
  • Express Solicitors Ltd
  • First4Lawyers
  • Fletchers Solicitors
  • Neil Hudgell Ltd
  • InjuryLawyers4u
  • Irwin Mitchell Group
  • Leigh Day
  • Lyons Davidson
  • Minster Law Ltd/BHL (UK) Holdings
  • NAHL Group/National Accident Helpline Ltd
  • Redde/NewLaw Solicitors/ Principia Law
  • Simpson Millar LLP
  • Slater and Gordon
  • Stewarts Law LLP
  • Thompsons Solicitors LLP
  • Winn Solicitors Ltd

6. MARKET SIZE AND TRENDS

  • The number of RTAs in decline
  • Workplace injuries are declining
  • The number of serious workplace injuries is also in decline
  • Just over 30,000 cases related to criminal injuries
  • Cost budgeting becomes of crucial importance
  • A market valued at almost £4 billion
  • CMCs a declining force in the market
  • The volume of cases registered with the CRU declines
  • Over £300 million recovered
  • Number of PI claims heard in court increases in 2017
  • PI court cases in Scotland and new Personal Injury Court
  • Expenditure on NHS CN claims rises strongly
  • Claims Portal figures

7. THE FUTURE

  • Reforms delayed but still less PI work and reduced fees
  • Claim numbers could grow in Scotland as new legislation passed
  • Legal expenses insurance to fill the gap
  • Strategies to deal with more PI market pressures
  • Digital marketing will continue to grow
  • Market forecasts
  • PI practitioner survey

8. ASSOCIATIONS

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  • Admiral Group PLC (Admiral Law Ltd/BDE Law)
  • Bolt Burden Kemp
  • Bott & Co Solicitors Ltd
  • Express Solicitors Ltd
  • First4Lawyers
  • Fletchers Solicitors
  • Neil Hudgell Ltd
  • InjuryLawyers4u
  • Irwin Mitchell Group
  • Leigh Day
  • Lyons Davidson
  • Minster Law Ltd/BHL (UK) Holdings
  • NAHL Group/National Accident Helpline Ltd
  • Redde/NewLaw Solicitors/ Principia Law
  • Simpson Millar LLP
  • Slater and Gordon
  • Stewarts Law LLP
  • Thompsons Solicitors LLP
  • Winn Solicitors Ltd
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