Challenge to Legal Fees Cull Unsuccessful

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Motor Accidents Solicitors Society’s joint challenge to the reduction in legal fees due to be implemented for personal injury claims this year has failed.

At the Judicial Review hearing on Friday 1 March 2013 Lord Justice Elias stated that it was not for the Court to decide on fairness, as that was a “matter for the ballot box”.  The action was brought by APIL and MASS on the grounds that the Government had not consulted on the changes properly, and had instead negotiated the changes direct with the insurance industry.  The Court heard how the Government had exchanged emails with representatives from the insurance industry in which reduced fees were discussed, concluding with one which allegedly stated “this looks good, I think that we are getting close”.  The inference is that the changes were negotiated and agreed prior to the consultation and that the entire consultation process was simply to add credence to decisions already made.

As such, the changes set out in my last post “Lawyers Outraged at Fixed Costs Announcement” will come in to effect from April this year, with catastrophic consequences for victims of accidents who suffer personal injuries.

If you have been involved in an accident it is imperative that you act quickly before the changes affect your chance at obtaining the compensation that you deserve.  Call David Mayor or any of our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free consultation on freephone 0800 975 2463, or contact us by email for free expert legal advice.

David Mayor

About David Mayor

David is Head of the Preston Office's Civil Litigation team and deals with all types of private Civil Court disputes. David’s blogs cover his expertise in all aspects of personal injury law from low value Road Traffic Accidents right through to complex large loss claims. David also writes and has a vast array of experience in Public Liability (trips and slips), Employer's Liability (accidents at work), and Motor Claims (motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents).
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