Cookson v Knowles: CA 1977

Lord Denning MR said: ‘In Jefford v Gee . . we said that, in personal injury cases, when a lump sum is awarded for pain and suffering and loss of amenities, interest should run ‘ from the date of service of the ‘writ to the date of trial’. At that time inflation did not stare us in the face. We had not in mind continuing inflation and its effect on awards. It is obvious now that that guide-line should be changed.
The courts invariably assess the lump sum on the ‘scale’ for figures current at the date of trial – which is much higher than the figure current at the date of the injury or at the date of the writ. The plaintiff thus stands to gain by the delay in bringing the case to trial.
He ought not to gain still more by having interest from the date of service of the writ.’

Lord Denning MR
[1977] 3 WLR 279
England and Wales
CitedJefford v Gee CA 4-Mar-1970
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Personal Injury, Damages

Updated: 30 November 2021; Ref: scu.654046