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Don't make it harder for injured patients to get proper compensation

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News that the Department of Health has limited its plans for fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence claims to cases under £25,000 instead of claims under £250,000 - as originally indicated - was tentatively welcomed today by the Law Society. 

According to Law Society president, Robert Bourns, ’This is an issue we have campaigned for as we want to ensure that patients who have been harmed by negligent care can get the expert legal advice they need.

‘We remain concerned that the draft plans could see harmed patients denied the correct level of compensation unless the proposed scheme excludes complex cases and includes exemptions for unusual circumstances. It is also critical that fixed costs are set at a level which is sustainable for expert solicitors to continue to operate in this area.’

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The Civil Litigation Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement Programme has been created in consultation with the Section Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • costs
  • budgeting and management
  • court fees
  • access to justice
  • alternative dispute resolution
  • profitability
  • clinical negligence
  • fixed costs
  • J codes
  • adjudication
  • PIcARBS
  • service
  • jurisdiction
  • consumer protection
  • Rome II

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