On 14th June 2018 the Scottish Government published its draft Bill for setting the Discount Rate, together with the introduction of Periodical Payment Orders (“PPOs”) in personal injury damages actions. The Parliamentary timetable for introduction of the Bill is yet to be published, however, it will face three stages of legislative scrutiny before being passed into law.
Employees engaged in relevant trade union activities (as defined) are given specific protection within Scots employment law. That extends to protection against suffering a detriment and in relation to dismissal.
The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 1 May 2018 and has now received Royal Assent as of 5 June 2018. The Scottish Government has indicated that it intends to begin implementing the Bill towards the end of this calendar year although full implementation is expected to take a number of years.