Justice minister Lord McNally has called for a crackdown on claims management companies and said the government is sympathetic to a referral fee ban, as the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill enters its committee stage tomorrow.
Low-level personal injury claims bucked the trend that saw a dramatic double-digit dip in the volume of civil litigation during 2010, Ministry of Justice figures have shown. The 2010 statistics show an almost universal fall in the volume of work going through all levels of UK civil courts last year.
The Ministry of Justice seems in undue haste to push the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill – snappily nicknamed LASPO – through the House of Commons. Having broken parliamentary convention by not allowing two weekends between presenting the bill to Parliament and the second reading last week, the government wanted it to start the committee stage today. However, after protests from the opposition, this will now begin next Tuesday.