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Better Combat Compensation - Law Society response

23 February 2017

In December 2016 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a consultation, 'Better Combat Compensation', that included proposals to change the processes for awarding compensation for injuries and deaths in combat.

The MoD also proposes to change the definition of combat immunity using legislation, further limiting the circumstances under which the MoD could be prosecuted for negligence.

Our response highlights that the proposed changes would deprive service men or women and their families of access to justice and prevent the lesson-learning, which has been crucial in improving the equipment, training and welfare of soldiers, such as replacing the Snatch Land Rovers with Ocelots.