The government intends to consult in the new year on the introduction of fixed recoverable costs in ‘lower value’ clinical negligence claims. The Law Society is asking clinical negligence firms to provide, on a confidential basis, data on current claimant costs. This will help us to respond robustly, with evidence, to whatever proposals the government puts foward
The Law Society has responded to the first stage of a review of the structure of the civil courts in England and Wales being undertaken by Lord Justice Briggs
Law Society criticises government plans to raise small claims limit for PI claims to £5,000
Lord Justice Jackson has urged the government to ditch one of the final exemptions to his civil justice reforms, arguing that firms have had enough time to prepare for LASPO
It’s time to boycott the system, says Kerry Underwood
The government is consulting on the introduction of fixed costs for clinical negligence claims up to a value of £250,000. The Law Society is concerned that this could seriously undermine the ability of people harmed by negligent NHS care to receive the specialist legal advice they need in order to obtain the compensation they are entitled to in law. We are asking solicitors to assist us in gathering stories which will help to illustrate the impact that the proposed changes could have ...
The Law Society has published a detailed report looking at the impact of potential changes in the UK’s relationship with the rest of the European Union, through the legal lens. It includes a section on the specific impact on civil justice
The Law Society today responded to a Ministry of Justice consultation on proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals, which is one-fifth of courts and tribunals across England and Wales, and integrate or merge 31 more. Our response reflects solicitors’ views on the likely adverse impact of the proposed closures on local communities, the justice system and the legal profession
Jonathan Smithers calls on the Department of Health to listen carefully to legal professionals who undertake the vital work of representing patients with clinical negligence claims
The Law Society has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into courts and tribunal fees and charges, highlighting how higher court fees are making society less fair and less just.