Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Reshuffle: Ken Clarke and Jonathan Djanogly move from Ministry of Justice

There are big changes going on at the Ministry of Justice today. At the top Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP has lost his job as Justice Minister and Lord Chanellor and been replaced by Chris Grayling MP who significantly is not a lawyer. In addition, Crispin Blunt MP has lost his job as prisons minister and Nick Herbert MP has quit as policing minister. Then this evening the local Hunts Post 24 is reporting that Jonathan Djanogly MP has also lost his post as a Justice Minister. The latter is perhaps the biggest news of all for civil practitioners since his brief includes the referral fee ban, the regulation of claims management companies and the proposed consultation on increasing the personal injury element of the small claims track and the review of medical experts in whiplash cases. It will be very interesting to see who is now given the brief and what direction they will steer on these various issues. 

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