The Judicial College Guidelines


The Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases contains a distillation of the awards of damages that have been and are being awarded by courts throughout the UK in personal injury cases. Since the publication of the first edition in 1992, this book has been widely adopted as the starting point in negotiating levels of payment for general damages in personal injury cases.

Sixteenth Edition, April 2022

An essential reference on general damages for all those involved in the area of personal injury litigation

Guidelines are updated by a working party of the Judicial College (previously the Judicial Studies Board or JSB)

Clearly laid out in tabular format according to injury classifications, allowing quick and easy reference

Every judge who hears civil cases receives a copy, making it an essential purchase for all practitioners in the field

New to this Edition:
  • Updated to account for inflation since the last edition, and also to reflect decisions of the higher courts on quantum.

  • Includes two new categories: sexual abuse and work-related limb disorders.

  • New guidance in relation to the application of the tariff-based awards for general damages under the Civil Liability Act 2018.

  • Pre-Simmonds v Castle figures have been removed for nearly all injuries, providing readers with a single, clear figure (or range) incorporating the 10% uplift.

    Compiled for the
    Judicial College
    The Hon. Mrs Justice Lambert DBE
    Stuart McKechnie QC, Barrister
    Steven Snowden QC, Barrister
    Lisa Sullivan, Master of the Queen's Bench Division
    Richard Wilkinson, Barrister

    Judicial College, 2022