Proposed changes to the way no win no fee legal claims work in libel and privacy cases would leave ordinary citizens having to deal with rules that are both ‘wrong and unfair,’ according to a libel reform campaigner group.
In an ironic twist of events, a no win no fee claims management firm finds themselves a defendant in a personal injury case where a secretary fell down some office stairs, suffering a broken wrist.
Injury solicitors have begun to strike back against legal reforms to be instituted by the Government by warning injured individuals to not tarry in making accident claims.
One local authority has rejected £17.6 million in bogus accident claims over the past six years after taking a tougher stand on personal injury compensation fraud in 2005.
The insurance industry, who has long since blamed rising premium prices on the so-called ‘compensation culture’ fostered by no win no fee accident claims, is under investigation by the Office of Fair Trading to determine the root causes of the issue.
In a recent case brought by the Daily Mirror’s publisher, the European court of human rights ruled that success fees recovered by no win no fee lawyers in defamation and privacy cases represented a significant freedom of expression violation.
According to one firm, no win no fee accident claims may rise after the Christmas celebration season.
The introduction to a green paper that recommends restrictions to so-called “no win no fee” litigation arrangements in an effort to reduce the costs of civil litigation has been criticised by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.