Future imperfect

In this article first published by The Journal of Personal Injury Law (2015, Issue 1) Stephen Cottrell discusses the difficulties inherent in judicial adjustment of multipliers for future pecuniary loss as illustrated in the recent cases of Reany v University Hospital of Staffordshire NHS Trust and Billett v Ministry of Defence.

The two cases demonstrate the dilemma faced by judges when seeking to balance the need to do justice in any given case with the need to promote certainty in litigation and the desirability of adhering to the strict mathematical approach produced by the Ogden Tables. 

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