Solicitors should consider taking action against insurers who settled personal injury cases directly with their clients without paying their fees. This is the message following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a Court of Appeal ruling that Haven Insurance should pay Gavin Edmondson Solicitors what it was due.

Law Society president Joe Egan said: ‘The Society intervened in this case because we believed this was an important point of principle for the profession.

‘This judgment is good news for our members. It confirms that solicitors will have a remedy to recover their costs in these circumstances where an insurer has tried to avoid payment by going to the claimant direct.’