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Consumer watchdog calls on SRA to probe referral fees and conflicts of interest in BTE

The Solicitors Regulation Authority should investigate the practice of panels of solicitors taking cases from before-the-event legal expenses insurers on a conditional fee basis after paying referral fees, a consumer watchdog has argued.

April 18th, 2011 | No Comments »

Upheaval for PI lawyers as MoJ confirms claims process extension; Jackson imminent

The government is set to take forward Lord Young’s proposals to extend the road traffic claims process to all low-value personal injury and clinical negligence cases, while the Jackson reforms are imminent, the Ministry of Justice confirmed today.

November 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Cabinet backs Young; peer favours referral fee ban; MoJ to extend claims process

The Cabinet has given its backing to Lord Young’s blueprint to reform health and safety and curb the excesses of the compensation culture, the peer revealed today. He also expressed a desire to see an end to referral fees and said the Ministry of Justice had agreed to extend the road traffic accident claims process to other areas of personal injury.

October 15th, 2010 | No Comments »

Young – the danger may lay in the rhetoric, not the report

Who would be a claimant personal injury lawyer right now? First the Jackson report, now the Young review, soon (if you also do a bit of clinical negligence) legal aid cuts and in less than a year alternative business structures, many of which will be targeting what is seen as one of the most easily commoditisable areas of practice.

October 15th, 2010 | No Comments »