The genuinely injured deserve justice
Responding to the announcement today in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement that the Government will embark on new motor accident claims reforms, statement by Sue Brown, Chair of MASS.
Press release – 25th November 2015
MASS demands blanket ban on cold calls and texts as CMC review closes
The Motor Accident Solicitors Society has called for an extension of the ban on unsolicited texts and cold calls to both sides of the claimant/defendant divide.
This article first appear in Postonline, 20th November 2015
Unsolicited texts and calls should be banned across the PI sector
Responding to the Review of Claims Management Regulation, which closed on 13 November 2015, the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) has called for an extension of the ban on unsolicited texts and cold calls to everyone in the industry, both on the claimant and defendant side.
Press release – 19th November 2015
Falling on deaf ears
Kate Sweeney – MASS Manchester Regional Co-ordinator/Partner & Head of Injury Department, Stephensons Solicitors LLP explains why, for many PI practitioners, branching out into noise induced hearing loss work will be risky, expensive and far from the ‘cash cow’ the ABI suggests
This article first appeared in Modern Claims Magazine, Issue 16, November 2015 and subsequently in MASS Blogged 2015.
An opportunity to make a difference
The issue of claims management companies (CMCs) and nuisance calls and texts has never been off the agenda, but it has dramatically risen up the rankings of hot topics in recent months. The House of Commons even debated the problem of nuisance calls again recently. Read more …
This article first appeared in Modern Claims Magazine, Issue 16, November 2015
MASS chair takes swipe at insurers over pre-med offers for whiplash
The perception of whiplash as “easy money” is the fault of certain insurers making pre-medical offers, according to the chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, who has questioned the extent to which claims management companies are fuelling fraud. Speaking at the MASS conference in Manchester yesterday (8 October), Sue Brown offered a staunch defence of genuine whiplash claimants and the lawyers that represent them.
Press release 9th October 2015
Claims chief urges SRA action on cold call beneficiaries
The head of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society has urged regulators to punish lawyers found to be getting work from companies cold calling clients. Chair Sue Brown, addressing the MASS conference today, called for an extension of the ban on unsolicited texts and calls by all in the personal injury sector.
Press release – 8th October 2015
MASS chair urges SRA to act against solicitors who take ‘cold-call cases’
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) must take action against law firms which are taking on claims generated by cold calls, the chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society said today. Susan Brown also urged medical reporting organisations (MROs) and others to stop trying to “beat the system” in how they are using the MedCo.
Press release – 8th October 2015
MedCo – give it a chance
MedCo is not popular at the moment. It is causing difficulties for MROs, and the MoJ Call for Evidence that closes on 4th September was triggered by the side-effects of the way the MedCo Portal has been set to operate. Read more …
This article first appeared in Modern Claims Magazine, Issue 15, September 2015
What lies ahead
Sue Brown considers equal access to the legal system and equality before the law for both claimants and defendants
This article first appeared in Modern Claims Magazine, Issue 14, July 2015
A general election is often a good point to take stock, to look back at the policies introduced by government, in this case, over the last five years and to look ahead to the future. Strictly speaking, Lord Chief Justice Jackson’s final report was published in January 2010, several months before the election of that year, but that is a good place to start.
This article first appeared in Modern Claims Magazine, Issue 13, May 2015 and subsequently in MASS Blogged 2015.
askCUE – joint press statement – MASS and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Law Society
In an attempt to prevent fraudulent claims entering the compensation process, representatives from claimant solicitor organisations and the insurance industry have collaborated to establish the askCUE PI (personal injury) service. The service will be mandatory to use from 1 June 2015. Solicitors are being encouraged to prepare their businesses now and to ensure that they register to use the service from 5 May 2015.
Press release – 27th April 2015
Insurers open data to claimant solicitors in fraud crackdown
Claimant solicitors will be able to carry out background searches on clients to check for a history of fraud from next month.
This article first appeared in the Law Society Gazette, 27th April 2015
The old adage
If the old adage about lies, damned lies and statistics is not to be repeated yet again, it is important that there is clarity, precision and agreement about the current state of the market. For good policy to be developed, Government, Parliament and stakeholders alike, need access to the full picture, not selective spin.
This article first appeared in Modern Claims Magazine, Issue 12, March 2015 and subsequently in MASS Blogged 2015.