Solicitor research highlights LASPO failings

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9 June 2015


ARAG200Both claimants and solicitors have suffered significantly from changes introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), according to independent research commissioned by ARAG UK.

In the 18 months following the legislation’s introduction, 80% of firms say that claimant’s access to justice has been restricted, with 64% saying that the impact has been “significant”. 72% of firms also believe that the 10% uplift in general damage is inadequate to cover the additional costs that now have to be met by the claimant.

The research involved anonymous interviews conducted with senior figures working on personal injury and/or clinical negligence cases at 100 different firms.

Paul Hurley explains the findings:

 



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