In brief: Follow US on tobacco claims, urges firm

Personal injury specialist Leigh Day & Co, which is representing tobacco victims, has called on UK tobacco companies to settle claims after the first settlements for American victims by US company Liggett were announced last week. Legal aid was granted last year to allow Leigh Day & Co to carry out investigations on the strength of each UK case. A decision is expected to be announced in May as to whether the Legal Aid Board will fund the claims in court.