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Solicitors suspended for chasing victims of Grenfell Tower fire to launch claims


A LEADING UK law firm has suspended two trainee solicitors after they were accused of ambulance-chasing victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The employees reportedly sought to benefit from the tragedy by putting up a poster which offered legal support to people affected by the inferno.The law firm concerned, Leigh Day, said they had no knowledge of the poster until it was brought to their attention.The advert was headlined "Free Legal Support", featured British passports and gave an email address for the two trainee solicitors which was different from their work contact details.According to the Times, the poster said: "Our aim [...]

Solicitors suspended for chasing victims of Grenfell Tower fire to launch claims2019-01-07T16:18:44+00:00

Tories ‘consider’ ban on personal injury cold calling


An incoming Tory government would reduce the cost of car insurance premiums by ‘cracking down on exaggerated and fraudulent’ whiplash claims and consider a ban on personal injury cold calling. The pledges were made in the party’s manifesto, published today (18 May). Simon Trott, managing director of National Accident Helpline and a founding member of the Ethical Marketing Charter, hailed the Conservatives’ decision on combatting nuisance calls. ‘We’ve long called for this as part of the Ethical Marketing Charter which has been actively making the case to government and regulators to stamp out cold calls. ‘But there’s still more to do [...]

Tories ‘consider’ ban on personal injury cold calling2017-05-19T12:17:46+00:00

Man sues museum after hitting a wall in race to beat virtual Cathy Freeman


An Australian man has launched legal action after coming off second best to a virtual Cathy Freeman in an interactive exhibit. Visitors to Melbourne’s Scienceworks museum are invited to pit themselves against a simulation of the Olympic 400m gold medallist on a 10m dual-lane track. When Dean Smith gave it a go in June last year, he ran into a wall, severely injuring himself. Fairfax reported that Smith was now suing the Museums Board of Victoria, which operates the museum in Spotswood, for negligence for unspecified damages. “All these little things made me think I could beat her, I got a [...]

Man sues museum after hitting a wall in race to beat virtual Cathy Freeman2017-04-21T11:22:51+00:00

Whiplash crackdown could cost 35,000 jobs, lawyers claim


The new crackdown on whiplash compensation could put thousands of jobs at risk, according to research commissioned by lawyers who argue the reforms will harm injured motorists as well as their industry. Researchers at Capital Economics found that 44,200 people work on personal injury cases in legal, medical and claims management jobs, while a further 40,000 depend more loosely on the industry through the supply chain and other spending. In the study commissioned by the Access to Justice lobby group, Capital Economics found that 35,000 of these jobs would be at risk if small claims are kept out of the courts, [...]

Whiplash crackdown could cost 35,000 jobs, lawyers claim2017-02-07T15:25:01+00:00

Insurers, not lawyers, are the bad guys when it comes to whiplash


Consultations close tomorrow on reforms that will deny justice to thousands of innocent motorists caught up in accidents that are no fault of their own Whiplash, eh. It’s all a big con, pushed by ambulance chasing lawyers at the expense of innocent motorists who pay higher insurance premiums as a result. Well that’s at least what the insurance industry would have you believe. The reality, as I can testify having been a victim of road accidents, is rather different. Accidents are hideous things. Whiplash hurts like hell. It can require physiotherapy to put right. It can sometimes require a lot more than [...]

Insurers, not lawyers, are the bad guys when it comes to whiplash2017-02-07T15:25:48+00:00

The Whiplash Reforms. A knee jerk reaction?


Sitting on a long train from Birmingham to Euston – and having to navigate all 17 stops between meant I had the time to look at the Government’s recent proposals for Personal injury reforms announced in recent times, and briefly yesterday by Philip Hammond at the despatch box along with the Autumn statement. I’m heading on my way to a meeting to discuss the very document with my colleagues from MASS. I know a number of stakeholders are also discussing these matters, and the very limited time to respond, particularly with the Christmas break looming, means that there’s much work and [...]

The Whiplash Reforms. A knee jerk reaction?2016-11-24T15:14:10+00:00