October 8, 2012
John Spencer writes for the Law Society Gazette on reform of the personal injury system and the LASPO act.
In less than six months the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) will come into force. A look back at the process which led to this makes me feel wholeheartedly that successful reform of the personal injury (PI) system has been scuppered by a hurried approach, a lack of joined-up thinking and a government so desperate to attack a perceived ‘compensation culture’ that they have embarked upon a way forward that will potentially harm among the most vulnerable in our society.
There is no denying that the PI system in the UK is in need of reform. Our current system has resulted in high costs for the consumer, wealthy opportunistic insurers and has damaged the reputation of PI lawyers. The LASPO Bill was an opportunity for the government to give birth to a reformed personal injury system free from its previous ills. Therefore, it was with more than mild irritation that I watched the haphazard consultation process result in a piecemeal approach which snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
Read the full article Holistic reform of the PI system on the Law Society Gazette website.