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Three-quarters of people have received CMC ‘pest texts’, says research

Three in four people have received an unsolicited text or phone call from a claims management company offering them the chance to claim compensation, even though almost all had no grounds to bring a claim, according to research.

June 20th, 2012 | No Comments »

That’s it: LASPO Bill clears its final hurdles

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPO) effectively ended its parliamentary passage yesterday after one final effort by the House of Lords to force a government rethink over domestic violence failed by the narrowest of margins.

April 26th, 2012 | No Comments »

Government gives way over impact of Jackson reforms on mesothelioma victims

Mesothelioma claims are to remain outside of the Jackson reforms once they are implemented next April, pending a review of their impact on sufferers, the government announced yesterday in a surprise concession.

April 25th, 2012 | No Comments »

Peers reinstate three amendments as clock begins to tick on LASPO

The House of Lords yesterday reinstated three of its amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill to intensify the battle of wills with the Commons. The bill needs to be finalised by next Monday.

April 24th, 2012 | No Comments »

Government overturns LASPO changes as Djanogly hits out at “inflated” law firm profits

The government as expected overturned all of the House of Lords amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill last night, with justice minister Jonathan Djanogly saying the Jackson reforms would put an end to the “racket” that has allowed “inflated profits” for law firms.

April 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Government to invoke controversial rule in bid to squash LASPO changes

The government will today try and invoke a controversial parliamentary rule that will bypass efforts by peers to hold on to their amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, Legal Futures can confirm.

April 17th, 2012 | No Comments »

LASPO: government suffers two defeats over legal aid for children, tightens referral fee ban

The government suffered two more defeats during yesterday’s final House of Lords stage of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, and also tightened up the ban on referral fees.

March 28th, 2012 | Comments Off on LASPO: government suffers two defeats over legal aid for children, tightens referral fee ban

Bid to make referral fees a crime fizzles out

The prospect of paying referral fees in personal injury becoming a criminal offence seemingly disappeared last night, while the government defeated a bid to exempt not-for-profits from the ban and outlined its plans to crack down on unsolicited PI marketing.

March 21st, 2012 | No Comments »

Djanogly: ABSs helping to create conditions for legal aid firms “to flourish”

The legal aid reforms will open up opportunities for law firms, with alternative business structures (ABSs) offering one way to exploit them, justice minister Jonathan Djanogly claimed last week. The significance of ABSs “cannot be overstated”, he said.

March 19th, 2012 | No Comments »

Lords votes on Jackson reforms leave claimant groups frustrated

Claimant groups have welcomed the House of Lords votes to exclude industrial disease cases from the end of recoverability, but questioned why there is a different rule for other injured people. Also, refusing to put the 10% increase in damages on the face of the bill could cause problems, they warned.

March 16th, 2012 | No Comments »