Blog Category: Access to Justice

Articles covering the public’s access to justice for personal injury cases, which is being slowly eroded by government and insurers.

Referral Fee ban supporter Jack Straw in undeclared payments from Insurers?

The No Win No Fee personal injury claims sector is heavily under fire at the moment. What is clear is that the insurance sector are heavily in control of government policy and that their sole goal is to reduce the number of Personal Injury claims in the UK and to make No Win No Fee personal injury claims harder to […]

Insurers Lose Supreme Court case enabling resumption of Asbestos claims

Today, the Supreme Court has given unequivocal support to the asbestos compensation law. Supreme Court judge Lord Hope today threw out an appeal by insurance companies to scrap the right of people in Scotland to sue for an asbestos-related condition. Thankfully, the Supreme Court dismissed the case of insurers which will enable people with pleural plaques to claim compensation. Some […]

10% Damages uplift a headline with no substance?

As the dust settles around the Governments proposed attempts to restrict access to justice, scorn has been pouring on one of their headline ‘good news’ elements of the plans – the plan to introduce a 10% uplift on general damages. Experts are now calling this proposed 10% uplift into question, as the implementation of the uplift relies fully on the […]

Dowler Family plead to keep No Win No Fee access to justice

The family of the murdered school girl Milly Dowler have said that planned changes to “no win, no fee” cases would have made it impossible for them to pursue compensation from News International. In a letter, the Dowler family have pleaded with David Cameron to stop the proposed changes which would take “rights away from ordinary people so that large […]

Jack Straw and referral fees

As per our recent blog on the referral fees issue, we read now that Jack Straw’s parliamentary motion to abolish referral fees has gotten past it’s most recent test in the House of Commons after what is known as a Ten Minute Rule Motion. Apparently, the ‘Motor Insurance Regulation’ Bill will be brought forward 20 January 2012. This doesn’t mean […]

Referral fees. Are they really the problem?

For most claimants, the fact that their making a claim could lead to a company receiving a referral fee from a Solicitor or other organisation is completely irrelevant. Let’s be honest, a claimant is interested in the basics. Will their claim cost them a fee and are they likely to win a compensation settlement for their injuries after their non-fault […]

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