Read our blog post by Richard Miller, head of Justice at the Law Society, in which he argues that plans to ban personal injury firms advertising in hospitals in England are short-sighted and counter-productive.

A ban on adverts from personal injury firms floated by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could mean a ban on NHS Trusts entering into deals where law firms promote their services in NHS Accident and Emergency units.

The announcement seems to buy into the belief that marketing by law firms in hospitals is opportunistic – intrusive for patients and their families, and distracting for staff. At first sight such a move would protect consumers. The reality is very different. That’s because the right of ordinary people to receive full and proper compensation from those that have injured them – often seriously – through negligence will be undermined yet further.