The Bar Council, Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives have already begun talks on forming a working party that will take forward Lord Justice Jackson’s call for a contingent legal aid fund, it has emerged.
A paper issued today by the Centre for Policy Studies, a right-wing think tank set up by Margaret Thatcher, has backed Lord Justice Jackson’s call for the state to impose fixed fees on civil claims worth up to £250,000. It attacked a “shortage of competition” between magic circle law firms, with the top hourly rate for partners hitting £1,100.
The Forum of Insurance Lawyers will not be following its members’ clients in supporting the government’s personal injury reforms, it has announced. However, leading defendant firm Kennedys has urged caution in adopting such a stance, and suggested that small claims could even be handled without lawyers at all by adopting technology.
Satellite litigation, law firms in run-off and major job losses – a vision of life after the latest PI reforms
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There has been a sea change since the Conservatives came to power, with insurers on the winning side of just about every argument. So will they win this one (the small claims and low-value whiplash reforms announced in the Autumn Statement) too, which many think will be the death knell for solicitors in the PI sector? So what, if anything, can be done to challenge the proposals?