Clinical lawyers call for across-the-board review after figures show NHSLA settling more cases post-issue
The NHS Litigation Authority is increasing the cost of clinical negligence litigation by fighting more cases that it ultimately settles, according to a claimant lawyers’ group that has called for a thorough investigation of the way that claims are handled.
The court reform process will lead to staff cuts and fewer court buildings, the former Senior Presiding Judge has said, but it is not a cost-cutting exercise and the end result should be higher-grade staff and an improved court estate. Court of Appeal judge Sir Peter Gross said the “stakes are high”.
Motor premiums are continuing to rise and have reached an average of £788 in the face of rising claims, new research has found. Consumer Intelligence’s figures said premiums were 13.5% higher than a year ago “as the industry continues to battle rising claims and insurance premium tax
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So, what are the implications of the decision of Master Leonard in Azim v Tradewise Limited  EWHC B20 (Costs). As reported recently on Litigation Futures, this was a routine low-value personal injury claim for damages caused by a minor road traffic accident in 2011. The claimant instructed three firms of solicitors under two pre-LASPO conditional fee agreements – the second of which was assigned from firm 2 to firm 3. Both provided for a 100% success fee.