Will cases against the NHS go only on a fixed fee basis?

News   •   Jun 29, 2015 19:48 BST

The NHS was hit with £259 million in legal fees for claims in 2013-14 and some it just didn't make sense, for example, a patient received £11,800 in damages but the legal fees, paid by the NHS, were £175,000.

So the government is proposing solicitor's fees that are "more proportionate and reflect the amount of compensation" that the patients actually receive. The government's proposals will be open to public consultation and no doubt much debate come the autumn.

The Medical Defence Union were quick to support the effort. Dr Matthew Lee, professional services director at the Medical Defence Union, said:  "If it was decided to introduce a well-thought-out, fixed-cost structure for legal costs in clinical negligence claims that could only be a good thing and should result in legal fees becoming more affordable and proportionate to the compensation claimed by the patient."

Other solicitors were less kind: "This sounds like another massive attack on access to justice for everybody," Terry Donovan from  Kingsley Napley said.

Read the original article here.

Strict limits on the "excessive fees" that some solicitors are receiving in medical negligence cases against the NHS may come into force. Some, including the Medical Defence Union see this as a good thing, others are pointing at the NHS as the cause of the high fees.

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Death by a MILLION cuts: is curtailing legal aid killing the UK?

News   •   May 05, 2015 01:07 BST

in a word: yes. Brilliant letter, signed by over 100 lawyers and other professionals, on the terrible impact the legal aid cuts are having across the UK.

Great summary video of must-know legal news - April 2015

News   •   Apr 22, 2015 17:12 BST

From Lexis Nexis in association with Radius Law

HMRC 3 - Tax avoiders 0

News   •   Apr 22, 2015 16:20 BST

The tax authority is taking an increasingly "robust" approach where taxpayers are investing in what HMRC sees as a "tax avoidance scheme."

Law Society accuses the government of "selling justice"

News   •   Feb 27, 2015 16:59 GMT

The Law Society is stepping up it's rebuttal to the government's 'flat tax' on court fees by issuing a pre-action protocol letter for judicial review. Additional signatories include: The Bar Council, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL), APIL, MASS, Chancery Bar Association, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and COMBAR.

David gets a new sling: UK support the small guy in David v Goliath issues

News   •   Feb 16, 2015 23:27 GMT

Recognising the importance of SMEs in the UK, Vince Cable revealed plans to provide business representative bodies with additional powers to challenge "grossly unfair" contractual terms and practices on behalf of their members.

The New "Golden Fleece"? Only the rich get justice...

News   •   Feb 16, 2015 23:20 GMT

Could access to the law become available only to the rich? The Law Society thinks so... in its response to a 600% hike in court fees, says 'extortionate' court fees will price low and middle-income people out of the system and 'cripple business.'

Solicitors attack MoD. Millions of ££ later, MoD fights back!

News   •   Dec 19, 2014 17:01 GMT

Who is getting abused here: Iraqis or the UK legal system? Here's your tax pounds at work: attacking the MOD for attacking Iraqis. One thing's for sure, Birmingham-based solicitors PIL made £900,000 out of it. But was the case justifiable? The debate continues.

£850 an hour! This is why Fixed Fee Legal Services are the future

News   •   Dec 09, 2014 10:31 GMT

Magic circle law firm costs have more than doubled in the past decade... to ridiculous levels.

Sharing is caring: new shared parental leave regulations now in effect

News   •   Dec 04, 2014 11:37 GMT

Parents will gain greater flexibility in how they share the care of their child in the first year after birth as new regulations regarding Shared Parental Leave (SPL) come into force as of 1 December 2014.

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