Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence


MIB to probe why unrepresented claimants are shunning whiplash portal

17 January 2022

The body that operates the Official Injury Claim portal is to investigate why unrepresented litigants are not using the service. They are bringing fewer than 10% of claims made through the service.


Leading litigation loan provider owes backer £43m, administrators reveal

12 January 2022

Affiniti Finance – which lent money to thousands of law firm clients – went into administration late last year after a breakdown in the relationship with its ultimate backer, which is now owed £43m.


Medical negligence claims process can be “inhumane experience”

12 January 2022

Making claims against the NHS can be “a difficult, and in some cases inhumane, experience”, with the worst cases seeing staff trying to “proactively cover up” errors and even fabricating medical records.


Pandemic turned Slater & Gordon profit into £20m loss

10 January 2022

The pandemic hit Slater & Gordon hard, with a £12m profit turning into a £20m loss in 2020, newly published accounts have shown. Its turnover for the year fell 8.6% to £111m.


S&G refunds £4,000 deduction in latest Checkmylegalfees clash

10 January 2022

The latest battle between Slater & Gordon and Checkmylegalfees.com has seen the law firm refund £4,000 it deducted from a client’s damages where he was signed up to a CFA 97 seconds after receiving it.


‘Director deadlock’ on future direction contributed to failure of top PI firm

4 January 2022

Multiple factors contributed to the demise of one-time personal injury giant Hampson Hughes, including the whiplash reforms and the directors disagreeing on its future direction.


Doctors up in arms over ‘pre-conception negligence’ ruling

20 December 2021

Hundreds of doctors around the country have spoken out over the High Court finding a GP negligent for advice given to a mother before conception which led to the birth of a disabled child.


Litigants in person continue to shun Official Injury Claim portal

9 December 2021

The number of claims begun in the Official Injury Claim portal increased in the second quarter of its operation but once more fewer than 10% of them were brought by litigants in person.


“Diligent and caring solicitor” was not dishonest over medical reports

2 December 2021

A personal injury lawyer who the SRA accepted was a “diligent and caring solicitor” but was under “significant pressure” from his employer has been cleared of dishonesty by a tribunal.


MedCo goes it alone as it bids to reduce registration costs

1 December 2021

Medical reporting portal MedCo has begun employing its own staff for the first time after the Motor Insurer’s Bureau stopped providing managed services.


QC criticises NHS Resolution for “unacceptable” delay in settling huge claim

16 November 2021

A leading QC has criticised NHS Resolution for “unacceptable” delays in settling one of the largest ever settlements in a clinical negligence case.


Solicitor struck off for misleading client about settlement

4 November 2021

A solicitor has been struck off after telling a client that her case was ongoing when it had actually settled and using some of the money to pay other clients damages they were not entitled to.


Court allows part of negligence claim against firm to go to trial

1 November 2021

A law firm now part of consolidator Metamorph Law has been only partially successful in striking out a claim over how it advised a client on his clinical negligence case.


Barrister sanctioned for own fundamentally dishonest PI claim

29 October 2021

A non-practising barrister who had his personal injury claim thrown out as fundamentally dishonest has been banned for returning to practice for nine months.


Pandemic “boosted profits of motor insurers by £3.3bn”

28 October 2021

Reduced road traffic accidents and personal injury claims as a result of the pandemic boosted the profits of motor insurers by £3.3bn, research has estimated.

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