From 5 May, claimant solicitors have been able to carry out background searches on clients to check for a history of fraud via the askCUE personal injury service. As of 1 June, the use of the service is now mandatory.

All users, aside from claimant firms handling fewer than 10 cases a year, will have to pay a £110 registration fee, giving an unlimited number of enquiries during a 12-month period.

askCUE is the result of a joint project led by the Law Society, the Association of British Insurers, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Motor Accident Solicitors Society.

Catherine Dixon, Law Society chief executive, said: “This new system means the legal profession and the insurance industry can crack down on fraudulent claims.

‘The collaboration between lawyers and insurers is a huge step forward showing that we can all work together to achieve a common objective which will benefit consumers.”

Read the full Gazette article

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