Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence


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.


Personal injury group raises £13.5m to aid international expansion

6 April 2022

A personal injury group that started life as a law firm in Liverpool has unveiled a £13.5m investment that it will use to expand its services in Australia and move into the USA and Dubai.


National Accident Helpline’s law firm takes greater share of cases

29 March 2022

More than a quarter of cases brought in by National Accident Helpline are now directed to its in-house law firm, the company said today as it hailed a year of “strategic progress”.


Claimant lawyer relief after further whiplash reform put on ice

23 March 2022

Claimant representatives have expressed relief at the government’s announcement that it is not planning further whiplash reforms for the time being.


MoJ finally responds to part 2 of whiplash consultation – five years on

22 March 2022

The Ministry of Justice today unexpectedly published its response to part 2 of the whiplash consultation which closed in January 2017, with no proposals for any immediate reform.


Minster targets “lazy” solicitors in push to expand services

17 March 2022

Minster Law, the law firm owned by insurance giant BHL, has outlined plans to expand its offering for both road traffic claims and other insurance-backed legal services.


“Terminate your retainer” if client accepts pre-med whiplash offer

4 March 2022

A lawyer whose client accepts a pre-medical offer to settle a whiplash claim against advice would have to terminate their retainer to comply with the Civil Liability Act 2018, a barrister has warned.


Continued whiplash portal problems “a real cause for concern”

2 March 2022

Operational and structural difficulties facing the Official Injury Claim portal are a “cause for real concern” and having a serious impact on access to justice, it has been claimed.


CMCs have not exploited whiplash portal, report says

1 March 2022

Fears that unscrupulous claims management companies would take advantage of injured people bringing claims through whiplash portal have proven unfounded, a report has found.


Court of Appeal to start again in test case on deductions from PI damages

24 February 2022

The much-anticipated hearing in Belsner was scrapped yesterday after the Court of Appeal raised the possibility that pre-action legal work was contentious business for costs purposes.

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