Lawyers’ alternative to “no win no fee” bill
by Gill Montia
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The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) is warning that legislation going through Parliament to change “no win no fee” will fail to address the problems in the personal injury system.
Instead, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill could be a charter for the insurance industry to print money at the expense of injured individuals, the group claims.
Concerns have also been voiced by the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) whose chair, Donna Scully, says: “The Government has completely missed the target here.”
She adds: “Worse still, it has hit the wrong targets namely the seriously injured, those injured at work or in a public place and, indeed, all genuine claimants.”
Apil and MASS are therefore calling for personal injury clauses to be scrapped from the Bill in favour of:
1. A ban on the passing on of injured people’s private details without their explicit consent, on every occasion.
2. An extension of the strict ban on cold calling which currently applies to solicitors; insurers and claims management companies must be held to the same rigorous standards as solicitors.
3. Tighter regulation of personal injury advertising to prevent misleading, exploitative and distasteful advertising.
4. A strict duty on insurers to report suspicions of fraud to claimant lawyers as soon as they arise: sharing information in insurers’ possession is the surest way to tackle fraud.