This coming Wednesday, Jack Dunkley and Kate Fairhurst (Relationship Manager and Civil Justice Policy Advisor respectively) from the Law Society will be coming to our offices in Northampton.
The purpose of the visit is to to discuss with Louise Tyler, proposed reforms to clinical negligence work.
These reforms include proposals to introduce a fixed fee regime for all but the very highest value cases, something that is of concern given the legal and evidential complexity of cases that fall below, say, £250,000 in value.
We should recognise that Clinical Negligence (Medical Negligence) claims (and also claims involving life changing injuries) are very, very different to the headline grabbing slips ‘n’ trips culture:
Louise is recognised by the Legal 500 (a who’s who of the legal profession) and is a Member of the Law Society Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel
As a specialist Clinical Negligence Lawyer I endorse what the Law Society say and have responded to the DOH consultation in the same manner. Fixed recoverable costs should not be introduced in clinical negligence claims and certainly not without a working party involving everyone who is involved in these proceedings. All specialist Clinical Negligence Lawyers and organisations such as SCIL (Society of Injury Lawyers), AvMA (Action against medical accidents) and APIL (Assc of personal Injury Lawyers) have urged the DOH in their responses to the consultation to think again as the most vulnerable in
Louise’s views will be also sought on a proposed “rapid resolution and redress” scheme for those who have suffered severe birth injuries.