Law Society takes on insurers with “mugging” advertising campaign

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25 June 2013

Hard hitting: new Law Society advert

The Law Society yesterday unveiled its “bold” new advertising campaign to promote personal injury solicitors, with the strap-line ‘Don’t get mugged by an insurer – use a solicitor’.

As revealed by Legal Futures last week, the campaign is costing around £300,000 and is the first time the society’s annual advertising push is focused on a particular area of practice.

The society said the campaign “deliberately takes a bold, humorous and memorable approach to convey an important message”.

The key message of the campaign is to urge consumers to not just accept the first offer of compensation from insurers. Research from the Financial Services Authority following a freedom of information challenge “revealed personal injury claimants who turn down an insurer’s initial offer and take legal advice from a solicitor get on average three times more compensation”, according to Chancery Lane.

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Chief executive Des Hudson said: “This campaign doesn’t pull any punches, but we need to make a clear message, see your solicitor, don’t accept the insurers’ first offer and don’t deal with claims management companies. Pursuing your claim with a solicitor will mean you will get what you are genuinely entitled to.”

The ‘Don’t Get Mugged’ campaign will feature posters on public transport and stations, PR coverage in regional media, radio advertising, online advertising and a video on YouTube, although this is not yet available.

The society is also offering A3 size posters and postcards to all firms, as well as a rotating banner advert for websites.

Nick Starling, director of general insurance at the Association of British Insurers, hit back by claiming that it is lawyers who are mugging the public. “Insurers are fully committed to paying fair compensation to genuine claimants as quickly as possible full stop,” he said.

“Yet with a compensation system riddled with high legal costs and ambulance-chasing lawyers fuelling the ‘have a go’ attitude to claiming compensation it is the legal community that are doing the mugging, not insurers. And it is the insurance-paying public that is paying the price through higher premiums as a result of excessive legal fees and frivolous and dishonest personal injury claims.

“The government agrees with us, which is why their recently introduced reforms to the personal injury compensation system will ensure that genuine claimants get fair compensation as quickly as possible at proportionate cost. A campaign to ensure our compensation system is fit for purpose would serve the public much more than one promoting solicitors.”

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3 Responses to “Law Society takes on insurers with “mugging” advertising campaign”

  1. too little, too late ,too lame. The horse has bolted, had a foal, retired to pasture and has been replaced by the motor car. A waste of our money. I would love to see the actual cost of the media and how much has been paid to the creative masterminds behind it.. For those of you old enough to remember, it reminds me of another Law Society brainchild “Will Power” from the early 90s. I rang up and asked for a Will Power super human suit and was told there wetre only 2 available…..and those were gone…..never to be seen again !!

  2. Andrew Twambley on June 25th, 2013 at 8:32 am
  3. Where is the evidence behind this 2>3 times more? Is there any?

    There are bad insurers, but it’s the bad solicitors who mug the public off, it’s there billions of pounds in costs the public ultimately pay for year after year.

    It’s deplorable and the ABI should respond with a non sensationalised, adult approach based on the facts.

    Even a name and shame of bad insurers/solicitors and their practises, would be more helpful to the people. The way forward is to educate the public (although informed public no doubt terrifies claimant PI solicitors) and create a fair system that no longer damages innocent motor drivers as occurs presently.

    Next year it’ll be how to sue NHS into oblivion, and claim benefits you never heard of. Clearly they don’t care so long as they get the money, let the world burn.

    Britain is already the PI claim capital of Europe, This claim obsessed culture is just what happens when you allow greed to run rampant, through insurers, solicitors accident management. It’s akin to our benefit system, It should exist, it should be supported and I’m happy to pay to it. However people will always take advantage of a system designed to help people and that has happened here. The only solution without losing the system is to bring in controls and educate the people.

    Who’s representing us the people in this battle? – No one, we lose by default.

  4. Jon on July 4th, 2013 at 12:25 pm
  5. Mugging is a criminal offence! The Law Society are calling Insurers muggers, which is surely libel. Are the ABI going to sue the Law Society on behalf of the honest and professional people they represent?

  6. Linda on July 19th, 2013 at 10:34 am

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