Web traffic and media coverage concerning personal injury have hit almost unprecedented levels as Lord Young’s government commissioned report into Health & Safety keeps the circus going.
But this wasn’t the only story of substance affecting solicitors during October.
The month opened with a bang as the Legal Services Board published proposals for improving the regulation of referral fees; Meanwhile, the Financial Times saw fit to include the crackdown on them as part of its speculative coverage of the government spending review.
Of course, the LSB’s announcement of a 12 week consultation was in direct opposition to Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations and those which were shortly to be outlined at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
Encouraged by the debate, solicitors groups joined the protests against Whitehall’s stance which was becoming the worst kept secret in modern business history.
So finally, on 15 October Lord Young’s report ‘Common Sense, Common Safety’ was published, to the general approval of the civil defendant community and Justice Minister Ken Clarke gave a ringing endorsement of contingent fee proposals in a BBC interview on October 26.
The sheer weight of opinion generated on the personal injury claims issue is impressive and it’s obvious there’s going to be more to come. However, no news roundup would be complete without some like this from our dear old Daily Mail, as ever telling it like it is.
Now I said that this wasn’t the only tale of note during October and this wasn’t a lie. Legal professionals of all shapes and sizes now have their own Ombudsman to fear/loathe/apply for work at (delete as appropriate) with the body’s new chief executive Adam Sampson anticipating around 20 000 actionable complaints every year. I wish him all the best in amalgamating the complaints procedures of eight professional bodies into one.