Andrew Tucker, head of personal injury, Irwin Mitchell

Access to justice: Jackson report is self-defeating

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  • Given that the author makes half a million pounds plus (see The Lawyer 100) per year out of representing Claimants I cannot believe these views are not tarnished by a huge self interest. I for one will ignore the contents of this piece for that reason alone. This is not a balanced view.

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  • LJ Jackson's legendary arrogance and supreme ego has so blinded him to the obvious destruction of access to justice he is not doubt stunned and amazed at the incredible backlash his report has created. The only people happy are those who are stupid enough to swallow the insurer-promulated propaganda about all personal injury Claimants being fraudulent. Lets bin it and then move on

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  • To Anon on 27 Jan at 8.26am: What about access to Justice for Defendants? The backlash is only from Claimant lawyers who see that the gravy train has reached the terminus. The public hate no win no fee lawyers and rightly so.

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  • Re: Bin Man
    The public hate cheesy “no win, no fee” adverts fronted by ham actors and organised by cash hungry claims companies with scant knowledge of the law and copious knowledge on how to self-promote, hunt clients and make money. Despite the best efforts of indulgent prats like Jim Beresford, I am sure that most members of the public are happy with the service they receive from their PI lawyer.
    If Jackson’s poorly thought-out plan is implemented then I’m sure that in the future when Mr. Joe Bloggs needs to claim for his accident at work and discovers that he will potentially lose a cut of his damages, the old “no win, no fee” scheme will be looked back on fondly. How exactly are claimant lawyers supposed to sell “you will receive 73% of your compensation” or “unless your claim has at least a 60% chance of success, we won’t be bothering with it”??

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