Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence


Value of medico-legal market slumps by further 5%

22 June 2022

The value of the medico-legal market fell by a further 5% last year, after shrinking by 18% during 2020, a report has found, with the lower end hit by the whiplash reforms and court delays.


Absolute privilege protects pre-action protocol letters

21 June 2022

Absolute privilege applies to communications within pre-action protocols and protects them from defamation claims, a deputy High Court master has ruled in the first such decision.


MedCo looks to shift balance between tier 1 and 2 MROs

1 June 2022

MedCo is to hold talks with the Ministry of Justice over whether the balance between tier 1 and 2 medical reporting organisations offered to claimants needs to be changed.


PI claims leaving some clients worse off, Legal Ombudsman warns

31 May 2022

Some “moderate” personal injury claims are leaving clients worse off than they were before because solicitors are failing to consider the costs and benefits, the Legal Ombudsman has said.


Whiplash reforms “a cautious success”, MoJ chief says

26 May 2022

The government considers the Official Injury Claim portal – about to celebrate its first birthday – to be a “cautious success”, a senior official at the Ministry of Justice said yesterday.


Listed company’s law firm shoots up rankings with £47m turnover

17 May 2022

Bond Turner, the personal injury practice owned by listed business Anexo Group, has moved rapidly up the ranks of largest law firms with a 33% increase in turnover to £47m.


PI firms face more deduction claims after Checkmylegalfees court win

11 May 2022

Millions of former clients of personal injury firms may have claims to recover deductions following a High Court ruling today, according to specialist claims business Checkmylegalfees.


Charities and patient groups urge rethink on negligence costs plans

6 May 2022

Nine charities and patients organisations have urged health secretary Sajid Javid to rethink plans to impose fixed costs on clinical negligence claims worth up to £25,000.


PE-backed PI firm eyes stream of acquisitions after first deal

5 May 2022

The biggest specialist personal injury firm in the country, owned by private equity since last October, has made the first in a regular series of acquisitions for the next few years.


MPs call for no-fault compensation in clinical negligence

28 April 2022

A no-fault compensation scheme for medical negligence should be introduced in England, replacing the “grossly expensive” existing system based on individual blame, MPs have said.


Bleak outlook for creditors owed £40m after PI firm collapse

27 April 2022

The outlook for those owed money by failed personal injury firm Roberts Jackson has worsened even more, with unsecured creditors – owed an estimated £13m – set to receive just 1.5p in the pound.


Cost of living crisis driving non-tariff OIC claims as “wristlash” emerges

26 April 2022

The cost of living crisis is driving many of the non-tariff claims made through the Official Injury Claim portal, with “wristlash and hiplash” replacing whiplash, defendant lawyers have claimed.


High Court throws out negligence claim over MMR vaccine advice

25 April 2022

The potential negligence of a QC and high-profile law firm to advise a client on limitation was irrelevant as the underlying claim would not have succeeded anyway, the High Court has ruled.


Personal injury ABS bosses fined for undeclared ATE commissions

21 April 2022

Two managers of a collapsed personal injury law firm have each been fined £18,000 for failing to declare commissions earned by a connected business which provided clients with ATE insurance.


Latest OIC portal data shows lengthening settlement times

12 April 2022

The time cases brought through the Official Injury Claim portal take to settle has increased by nearly two-thirds over the past three months, new figures have shown.

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