Solicitor groups join forces to press for cold-calling ban instead of PI reforms
This article first appeared in Legal Futures, 19 December 2016
The Law Society, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) last week put a ban on cold calling at the forefront of their joint campaign to ward off the personal injury reforms.
Q&A Simon Stanfield, Motor Accident Solicitors Society
This article first appeared in Insurance Post, 30th November 2016
Post interviewed Stanfield, a solicitor for 17 years, on the forces which are likely to shape the next year of his tenure as MASS chair.
Cold calling, whiplash reform and IPT – Autumn Statement angers claimant lawyers
Claimant personal injury lawyers have been left questioning why the government was prepared to announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement that it is to ban cold-calling in relation to pensions, but not to stop it in personal injury – and whether Chancellor Philip Hammond let slip that the whiplash reforms are already a done deal.
This article first appeared in Legal Futures, 24th November 2016
Whiplash reaction – claimant lawyers vent fury at government
Today’s announcement of government plans to reform personal injury claims has predictably split the market, with claimant representatives incensed and defendants pleased.
This article first appeared in Legal Futures, 17th November 2016
An Alternative Approach
Sue Brown explains why the MoJ must adjust proposed reforms to the claims sector to ensure stopping the dishonest minority doesn’t restrict access to justice for the honest majority
This article first appeared in Modern Claims Magazine Sustainability Supplement, November 2016
Labour would oppose small claims limit rise
Labour’s shadow justice minister has told claimant lawyers her party will oppose any attempts to raise the small claims limit. Neath MP Christina Rees told the Motor Accident Solicitors Society conference today that insurers had not done enough to show there is a whiplash epidemic, and failed to prove they would pass on any savings from reforms.
This article first appeared in the Law Gazette, 16 November 2016
Insurers lament ‘delay’ to whiplash reform
Justice secretary Liz Truss is rethinking plans for a major overhaul of the personal injury sector.
This article first appeared in the Law Society Gazette, 13th October 2016
Government shelves personal injury reform
The government has unexpectedly shelved its reform of personal injury claims – at least for now, it has emerged today.
This article first appeared in Legal Futures, 13th October 2016
Why the government’s proposed limitations and banning of whiplash are a mistake
MASS Chair, Sue Brown, puts the case for an alternative solution.
Article first appeared in Insurance Post, 26th September 2016
Lawyers team up to fight whiplash crackdown plans
The Law Society has joined forces with claimant groups to lobby against the government’s whiplash crackdown.
This article first appeared in Insurance Times, 13th July 2016
A change of direction
MASS Chair, Sue Brown, considers the Government should concentrate on reducing serious accidents caused by young drivers rather than seeking to deny justice to accident victims
Article orginally appeared in Modern Claims Magazine, Issue 20, July 2016
Endless repetition of an argument does not make it right
Kieran Magee, MASS Regional Co-ordinator for Yorkshire and Head of Compliance for True Solicitors LLP in Leeds, ‘talks news’ in the latest issue Modern Claims Magazine
Article originally appeared in Modern Claims Magazine, Issue 19, May 2016
Denying access to justice
MASS Chair, Sue Brown, outlines why MASS will work tirelessly in the months ahead, alongside others in the sector, to combat the Chancellor’s recent proposals
Article originally appeared in Modern Claims Magazine, Issue 17, January 2016
Claimant and defendant groups clash over Insurance Fraud Taskforce report – but the SRA is happy
Claimant and defendant personal injury interests have clashed over this week’s report of the government-commissioned Insurance Fraud Taskforce (IFT) – while the Solicitors Regulation Authority has welcomed the call for its fining powers to be increased and the burden of proof before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal lowered.
This article first appeared in Legal Futures, 20 January 2016
Revealed: Law Society, APIL and MASS join forces to fight government PI reforms
The claimant groups planning to fight the government’s latest personal injury (PI) reforms have learnt from what happened with LASPO and are working together to ensure they have “a unified voice and message”, it has emerged.
This article first appeared in Legal Futures, 12th January 2016