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Claims management regulator fines CMC £220,000 over nuisance calls

The Claims Management Regulator (CMR), based at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has fined a claims management company £220,000 for making nuisance calls about claims for noise-induced hearing loss – the first fine of its kind.

August 5th, 2015 | No Comments »

CJC calls for extension of fixed costs to fight fraud

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has called for the extension of fixed recoverable costs to help in the fight against personal injury fraud. It also backed caps on claims management charges.

May 18th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

APIL: whiplash reforms risk chronic undersettlement by insurers and new CMC feeding frenzy

The involvement of a lawyer in whiplash cases means that the final settlement is around three times the figure initially offered to a claimant before they sought legal help, according to research by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

March 11th, 2013 | Comments Off on APIL: whiplash reforms risk chronic undersettlement by insurers and new CMC feeding frenzy

Top lawyer warns of “high risk” of mis-selling scandal arising from Jackson

There is a “very high risk of a mis-selling scandal” as a result of the Jackson reforms, a leading claimant lawyer has argued. Former APIL president David Marshall also predicted that under-settlement looks like becoming a fruitful area for professional negligence claims.

November 8th, 2012 | Comments Off on Top lawyer warns of “high risk” of mis-selling scandal arising from Jackson

The case for the defence: motor premiums fall despite sharp rise in claims costs

Motor insurance premiums fell in 2011 despite rising claims costs, new research has found. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries also for the first time revealed that the average size of a small third-party injury motor claim is £8,400.

October 16th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

MPs reject Straw's bid to back up referral fee ban with criminal sanctions

MPs last night rejected a bid by former justice secretary Jack Straw to make paying referral fees in personal injury cases a criminal offence. Debated during the report stage of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, they voted 302 to 208 against.

June 10th, 2012 | Comments Off on MPs reject Straw's bid to back up referral fee ban with criminal sanctions