The government has confirmed it is pressing on with raising the small claims limit, despite furore from the Law Society and the wider profession.
Lord Justice Jackson, who has previously strongly advocated a blanket extension of fixed costs, has insisted that he will lead a new review of fixed recoverable costs ‘with an open mind’.
The impact of successive court and tribunal fee increases on access to justice must be assessed by ministers before they reject proposals from legal experts for fee reductions or reversals, the Law Society has urged.
Plans to up the small claims limit for personal injury to £5,000 will stop people getting the legal advice they need to bring claims for the compensation they are entitled to, the Law Society warns
As part of its market study into the supply of legal services to individuals and micro businesses in England and Wales, the Competition and Markets Authority has requested information on the role and scope of the reserved legal activities set out in the Legal Services Act 2007. The Law Society’s response sets out the rationale for reserved activities and highlights the importance of these activities to consumers, the economy, the administration of justice, and the wider public interest.
The Law Society has issued a damning critique of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) proposals for a streamlined code of conduct and – to a lesser extent – its planned overhaul of the accounts rules.
The Law Society has hit back at the Association of British Insurers (ABI) for claiming that solicitors are involved in insurance fraud.
Government plans to extend limits on recoverable costs to more complex cases are ‘totally inappropriate’ and threaten access to justice, the Law Society said today.
An undercover investigation by consumer organisation Which? has thrown the spotlight on motor insurers which increase driver premiums after minor collisions, even though policy holders are blameless.
Changes would leave consumers with less protection and could result in a ‘two-tier’ solicitor profession.