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Solicitors should go after other third-party capture insurers after Haven ruling, says Law Society

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The Law Society has encouraged solicitors to consider taking action against insurers who settled personal injury cases directly with their clients without paying their fees. It comes following yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, which upheld the Court of Appeal ruling that Haven Insurance should pay Gavin Edmondson Solicitors what it was due.

April 19th, 2018

Solicitor outlines serious MedCo shortcomings after own whiplash injury

Shelyna Mariscal

A personal injury solicitor who herself suffered a whiplash injury has urged fellow practitioners to step up challenges to inaccurate medical reports and report them to MedCo on every occasion, after finding her own report riddled with errors. She said the faults in the process made it inevitable that claimants would face allegations of dishonesty.

April 9th, 2018

Exclusive: MedCo finally reveals MRO numbers as it fights off bid to halt downgrade of tier 1 agency

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MedCo has for the first time revealed the number of medical reporting organisations (MROs) on its system following the recent annual audit programme. It came as one of the legal challenges that has beset MedCo of late was published, in which On Medical failed in its bid to halt being downgraded from a tier 1 MROs to a tier 2.

February 8th, 2018

Poor-quality reports mean it’s “premature” to expand MedCo

Matt Currie Irwin Mitchell

There are too many poor-quality medical reports being produced via MedCo, and so it is premature to extend it to other types of personal injury claim, a leading claimant solicitor has cautioned. He also called on practitioners to tell MedCo about sub-standard reports.

February 1st, 2018

Fury over MedCo fee increases amid culling of tier 1 MROs

Ben Elsom

A body representing ‘tier 2’ medical reporting organisations (MROs) has accused MedCo of “cashing in” on its members after it announced significant hikes in fees. It follows what Litigation Futures understands has been a culling of the 14 tier 1 MROs – the high-volume, national providers – during the recent auditing programme.

January 12th, 2018

Insurers warned about ‘claims layering’ after physiotherapist is suspended over bogus treatment

Matthew Ruck Keoghs

Insurers need to take a close look at suspicious treatments to avoid the danger of ‘claims layering’, a leading defendant law firm has warned after it helped uncover bogus physiotherapy treatments. The investigation led to an 18-month interim suspension for the physiotherapist.

January 11th, 2018

High Court refuses to lift suspensions imposed by MedCo on MROs

Nick Lavender

A High Court judge has thrown out judicial reviews brought by two medical reporting organisations (MROs) against their suspension from the MedCo portal. Mr Justice Lavender said there was “obviously something unsatisfactory” about the approach taken by Med Chambers and Prime Medicals.

January 10th, 2018

Insurers “to reap rewards” from discount rate and whiplash reforms, says EY

Tony Sault EY

UK motor insurers should see “a strong uplift in profits” next year as a result of the discount rate review and whiplash reforms, Big Four accountancy firm EY has predicted. It forecast that insurance premiums would also fall by up to £21 if the discount rate rises from -2.5% to 0-1%, as suggested by the Ministry of Justice.

November 21st, 2017

Claimant lawyers turn guns on insurers over repair costs “rip off”

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Claimant lawyers have leapt on a newspaper report that accused insurers of “routinely inflating repair costs” by as much as 100%, while receiving “undisclosed kickbacks” for the difference. Lobbying group Access to Justice said the Association of British Insurers had shown “breathtaking hypocrisy” in failing to condemn the practice while continuing to argue for whiplash reform.

August 2nd, 2017

Hundreds of users suspended by MedCo for failing to sign financial links agreement

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Some 560 authorised users of MedCo – law firms, claims management companies and compensators – were suspended from the system earlier in the spring for failing to accept the new user agreement that requires them to declare financial links with any medical reporting organisation. Meanwhile, four tier 1 MROs have been reclassified as tier 2.

June 15th, 2017

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Three’s a crowd – who pays?

Matthew Pascall 2

In September 2014 a UKIP MEP, Jane Collins, gave a speech at UKIP’s annual conference slandering three Labour MPs. The following month, a letter of claim on their behalf was sent to Ms Collins. It contained an offer of settlement under which Ms Collins would pay each £10,000 in damages, which they would then pay to charity. UKIP’s National Executive Committee discussed the letter of claim that month and referred Ms Collins to solicitors, RMPI, with whom UKIP had close ties. No settlement having been agreed, in November 2014 the three MPs issued claims against Ms Collins. Temple Legal Protection insured the MPs’ claims.

May 16th, 2018

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