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Partner struck off after settling PI claim for £5,000 then paying client £60,000 in fictitious damages

A partner has been struck off for dishonestly settling a personal injury claim for £5,000 without instructions, telling the client it had settled for £60,000, and then paying out the fictitious damages from unrelated client accounts.

July 28th, 2017 | No Comments »

Senior judge berates government lawyers over handling of MoJ negligence claim

A lady justice of appeal has berated the Government Legal Department over its defence of a negligence claim brought by a prison officer against the Ministry of Justice, saying its “lack of focus” led to a “huge workload which was wholly disproportionate to the real issues”.

July 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

CMCs rake in over £6bn in past 10 years of regulation

Claims management companies have earned over £6bn in the past decade, new figures from the Claims Management Regulator have shown. In a special anniversary report to mark 10 years of regulation, the CMR said that the number of CMCs had shrunk from a peak in 2011 of 3,213 to 1,388 in 2017.

July 20th, 2017 | No Comments »

Clerk who pursued PI claims against wishes of clients banned by SDT

A clerk who pursued personal injury claims against the wishes of his clients has been banned from working for law firms by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Michael Davis said he was acting “in accordance with office procedures” and was managing up to 400 live cases at any one time.

June 16th, 2017 | No Comments »

What’s in a name? Appeal judges reject pleas of claimant who sued wrong firm

Appeal judges have rejected the pleas of a claimant who, faced by two law firms with similar names set up by the same solicitor, sued the wrong one. The court heard how Godfrey Morgan Solicitors and Godfrey Morgan Solicitors Limited were run “in parallel, as distinct businesses”.

May 16th, 2017 | 1 Comment »

ABS hopes to build up consumer brand covering 14 types of claim

A high street law firm has obtained an alternative business structure licence as part of a strategy to build up its Refund You website-based consumer brand, which covers 14 areas of claims, from personal injury and financial mis-selling to timeshares and cavity wall insulation.

March 10th, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Personal injury lawyer who faced “perfect storm” is struck off

A personal injury lawyer who faced “what could almost be described as a perfect storm” of legal aid cuts and a doubling of his rent has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The SDT said that rather than approaching his bank, the solicitor took a decision to “plunder client account”.

July 11th, 2016 | No Comments »

Here come the loss adjusters: US giant to launch ABS

Crawford & Company, one of the world’s biggest firms of loss adjusters, has announced that it is setting up an alternative business structure in the UK to offer an end-to-end claims management services. Crawford – which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange – has 27 offices in this country.

June 16th, 2016 | No Comments »

ICO investigates after medical records found in skip outside law firm

The Information Commissioner’s Office has launched an investigation, after medical records relating to personal injury claims were found in a skip outside a law firm’s former office in St Helens, Merseyside. Separately, evidence has emerged of bodyshops releasing personal data to third-party law firms and CMCs.

June 16th, 2016 | No Comments »

Not about the money: personal injury firm to open City “client knowledge hub”

Defendant personal injury firm BC Legal is launching an unusual “client knowledge hub” in the City next month, which will provide a range of free services but “very little fee-earning”. It said the hub would offer training, software demonstrations and free access to meeting rooms, a roof terrace, a gym and a hotel.

June 9th, 2016 | No Comments »