Once the Christmas parties are over and the New Year has been welcomed in, it’s time to get back to business. 2013 promises to be a very challenging year for everyone, and although unemployment figures are on the way down and the economy seems to be stable (albeit somewhat fragile!), things are still going to be tough for firms across the UK.

So is it the right time to think about eating into your end-of-year profits even more and paying out for some in-house legal training?

The answer is a resounding yes, as there are some big changes looming on the legal horizon next year.

A great opportunity

Rather than seeing 2013 as a challenge, see it as an opportunity to move your business forward into new areas. The legal industry is in a period of transition, and with a more demanding public who are far more ‘clued up’ on their rights, expectations for legal firms to deliver a top quality service are much higher than they were just a few years ago. So what direction is personal injury training going to take over the next 12 months?


One of the big talking points for next year will be the number of ‘whiplash’ claims that are being pursued in the UK. It has been estimated that fraudulent whiplash claims cost the average motorist an additional £90 per year on their insurance premiums. Moves are afoot to reduce the number of claims that are clogging up the courts through tougher guidelines for both legal and medical professionals on the actual definition and diagnosis of the condition. So a significant area of training in 2013 may be a fresh approach to personal injury claims, and how to spot the genuine from the fake.

No win no fee…no more…

In April 2013, changes to the Legal Aid Bill will mean that the concept of ‘no win no fee’ will be removed for all personal injury compensation claims. This will dramatically change the PI landscape, and firms will have to adapt quickly to comply with the changes whilst still ensuring that they offer the best service for their clients. Concerns are that the changes to the Legal Aid bill will leave many people financially unable to pursue injury compensation, and legal practitioners are going to have to adapt their delivery system to cope with the changes to their business model that this will bring.

That means training in new best practice methods, updating your knowledge base on the legal complexities of the new Bill and learning new methods of dealing with injury compensation cases.

So training in 2013 won’t just be refresher courses on the finer aspects of the Law, but also on how to develop a business strategy that enables your firm to move forward through these fundamental changes. Personal injury training is still a crucial part of your business’s future, and, putting aside the CPT requirements, is something that all firms will need to look at seriously in 2013 to be able to keep up with the monumental changes that the legal system is undergoing.

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