July 8, 2011
John Spencer quoted in The Law Gazette on referral fees adding no value to Personal Injury claimants.
"John Spencer explains: 'It is broadly accepted that referral fees average £750, and Jackson was damning in his view that such fees added absolutely no value to the process.
'Assuming that solicitors will therefore continue to pay referral fees as part of the cost of doing business in this market, available monies governing road accidents will continue to be spent - in a largely fixed costs regime - which would otherwise be available for firms to invest in service and time in representing the claimant.'
Also retained, Spencer notes, are 'the inherently perverse commercial incentives which I believe undermine a claimant's right to choose their representation in a transparent and efficient market environment, jeopardising their access to justice'."
Read the full article Solicitors and others remain divided over desirability of the government's civil justice reforms on The Law Gazette website.