The SARAH Bill is moving into law - a significant development?

Yesterday saw the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill have its Third Reading in the House of Lords and subject to tying up what are now only loose ends, it will become law within the four months which remain of this parliamentary term. The Bill has encountered sustained criticism and ridicule during its progress through parliament, but it is now clear that it will become law, and we now know what will in effect be its final wording.

We are now in a good position to start to ask - what impact if any is the SARAH Act (as it will become) going to have on claims arising out of incidents that occur after the new law comes into force? For the change to happen, Royal Assent is needed, as well as the Secretary of State, Chris Grayling, making a statutory instrument specifying a commencement date.  We would expect the SARAH Act to have become live by the time of the General Election.

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Simon Denyer


I am the Strategic Legal Development Partner within the Insurance team.