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Bakers Supports Armed Forces Day

Here at Bakers Solicitors, we are proud to support our service men and women.

New appointment

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Elkins as Supervisor of Bakers’ Litigation Team.

We are wearing our Hats for Headway!

Our staff are wearing their hats to support ‘Hats for Headway Day’ today.

Our Staff Support Headway

On Friday, 12th May our staff will be donning their favourite hat in support of Hats for Headway Day!

Brain Injury Charity launches New Campaign

Headway, The Brain Injury Charity, has launched their ‘A New Me’ campaign, ahead of Action for Brain Injury Week (ABIWeek) on the 8th to 14th May 2017.

A Bright Day for Bakers

Our staff are having a 'Bright' day today in support of Brake and Road Safety Week.

Bakers attend Law Student Recruitment Fair

Staff at Bakers were delighted to attend the Law Student Recruitment Fair at Surrey University yesterday.

Our photo booth was a hit with the students who could take away a souvenir photo.

We’ve made the Brake pledge

We are delighted to be taking part in the UK’s biggest road safety event, Road Safety Week (21-27 November), coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity.

Justice for client seriously injured in a road traffic accident'

Driving safely on the roads is of paramount importance for all road users.

At just 19 years old, Simon’s life changed due to a road traffic accident. He was turning right out of a junction when a car travelling at high speed drove into him, propelling his vehicle into stationary vehicles on the opposite side of the road.

‘Bright’ staff at Bakers Solicitors

As part of Brake’s Road Safety Week campaign, we are running a ‘Bright Day’ to highlight the need for road users to be seen during the darker winter months.

Our staff will come to work on Friday, 25th November in their brightest clothes and we will be taking donations to support Brake’s work.

We are recruiting, come and join our team!

Bakers Solicitors have a position available for a Paralegal/Litigation Assistant based in their office in Aldershot, Hampshire. The role is working within the portal team, full job description below:

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Our Aldershot office enjoyed hosting a cake and coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday.

We secured compensation for burns incident on plane

Our client, John, was with his girlfriend on a flight home from Mexico after their holiday. They had ordered hot chocolates from the air stewardess,

Unfortunate accident ruins holiday

Carmel was on holiday with her family on the Greek island of Zante. She was in the hotel complex and as she walked past a site where maintenance men had been carrying out work,

Access to Justice

Access to Justice launched their new website today - accesstojusticeactiongroup.co.uk.

Hats for Headway

Staff at Bakers Solicitors put on their hats today in support of Headway, the brain injury association.

Hats off to Bakers

Bakers Solicitors will be supporting Headway, the brain injury association, during Brain Injury Week - 9th to 15th May 2016.

Bakers in video to promote the merits of Proclaim

Ross Carr, Chief Executive of Bakers Solicitors, went on camera to highlight the benefits of the Proclaim Case Management System. The firm has used this system for over 14 years and it is an integral part of our business and the quality service we provide to our clients.

Paralegal Vacancy at Bakers Solicitors

An immediate vacancy has arisen for a Paralegal on the FRU team at Bakers Solicitors based in their office in Aldershot, Hampshire (with the potential of applying for a training contract).

PI small-claims rise: what is the impact?

No prizes for guessing who the winners are.

BRIGHT DAY for staff during Road Safety Week

On Friday, 27 th November, staff at Bakers Solicitors donned their bright clothes in aid of Brake's campaign for pedestrians to be seen on dark winter days.

Law Society slams personal injury claims limit rise

Responding to the proposals Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said:

Icy conditions are a danger to drivers

With winter weather closing in, drivers need to be aware of the road conditions that they are driving under.

Driver in Multi-Car Pile up

With Road Safety Week underway, and with the shorter hours of daylight, it is prudent that drivers take extra care on the roads.

Injured people could be 'hoodwinked' by latest insurance tactic

Several big, well known insurers have embarked on a new approach - writing directly to the people their clients have injured, rather than to their lawyers. This development is covered in APIL chief executive Deborah Evans's latest public blog.

Cheaper to kill than maim cannot be right, says APIL president

Bereavement damages in England and Wales are awarded as if on a production line "with a prescriptive amount given to a restricted list of eligible relatives," APIL's president explained to readers of The Times this week.

Wiggle Legal: Don't let potholes ruin your ride

Road users in general are often appalled at the state of some of the UK's roads, sadly this appears to be the case both in rural areas and in inner cities thereby effecting both commuters and weekend sportive riders. Potholes appear due to lack of maintenance and bad weather; in particular ice or frost which breaks up the road surface.

National Accident Helpline uses new data to challenge insurers’ allegations that late road traffic accident claims have tripled

National Accident Helpline has challenged allegations made by insurers that the number of late claims have tripled by releasing data showing that over nine in ten claims for a road traffic accident are made within a year of the incident, with more than six in ten coming within three weeks.

APIL president calls on insurers to 'ratchet down the rhetoric'

The President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) called on insurers for greater collaboration 'to defeat the real scourges' of day-to-day work on both sides, in an open letter to industry leaders last week.

Case Law

Fenella Sinclair (A Protected Person by her Litigation Friend and Daughter Rebecca Rosalina Da Silva Lima) v Rachel Louise Joyner (2015)

Ride4Frimley 2015 Sportive

The second annual Ride 4 Frimley Cycle Sportive will take place on Sunday, 27th September 2015 in aid of the Frimley Park Hospital Charity, Breast Care Appeal.

Free Road Safety Week Webinar

Brake, the Road Safety Charity, are offering Employers and road safety professionals a free webinar, which they can sign up to now, on 'Taking part in UK Road Safety Week 2015', 10am - 11.30am on Tuesday 22 September. The webinar will explore the 2015 Road Safety Week theme of 'drive less, live more' and provide tips and ideas on how organisations of any size or type can get involved.

Buying safe cars

The Road Safety Charity, Brake, is urging car buyers to put safety first when considering a new vehicle. A Brake and Direct Line survey showed safety was third on the list of factors for drivers overall, while one in six (17%) young drivers (17-24) said that 'infotainment' systems, which can pose a distraction risk, are one of the most important features they look for in choosing a vehicle. Less than half of all drivers (48%) named safety as one of their top three considerations.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Publish Response to Daily Mail

Costs and clinical negligence

Catherine Dixon, chief executive of the Law Society, considers the Department of Health's proposal to fix costs in clinical negligence. Would tackling negligent NHS care be a better solution?

Cycle Sportive for the Community

The Community Matters Partnership Project (CMPP) will be holding a Cycle Sportive to raise funds for local community projects and also for Frimley Park Hospital, Breast Care Appeal.

The Sky’s the Limit for Charity

Well done to Kim, Paul and Luke Morgan for completing their sky dives with the Red Devils. They took the challenge to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Frimley Park Hospital Charity, Breast Care Appeal.

Bakers sign up to the Ethical Marketing Charter

Bakers Solicitors is pleased to sign up to the Ethical Marketing Charter and backs their ethos wholeheartedly. The personal injury sector in particular is getting bad press from firms who undertake cold calling and send spam texts and emails. Bakers never undertake these practices and are proud to uphold ethical marketing.

Lexcel Quality Mark awarded to Bakers

Bakers Solicitors is delighted to have been awarded the Law Society's quality mark, Lexcel, for the 7 th year running.

Cycling for charity

The Big Wheel 23 is a charity bike ride, taking place in Basingstoke on Sunday, 26th July.

A brave family takes to the sky

Kim Morgan, of Bakers, along with her husband and son will be undertaking tandem skydives with the Red Devils on the 5th August 2015 in Nottingham. They will be raising funds for two charities – the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Frimley Park Hospital Charity, Breast Care Appeal.

Gemma tackles her first Triathlon

Gemma Newman, one of our legal secretaries at Bakers, is attempting her first ever triathlon in August.

Getting in the saddle

David Green from Bakers will be getting in the saddle for this year's Farnham Charity Bike Ride on Sunday, 5th July.

Bakers become corporate members of Headway

Bakers are delighted to become corporate members of Headway, the brain injury association. Headway is dedicated to supporting people who have sustained a brain injury, along with their families and carers.

Go Team Bakers!

On Monday 22 nd June, seven members of Bakers Solicitors took part in a Command Leadership and Team Building Day at the Aldershot Garrison, as part of the Aldershot Military Festival.

The CMPP Summer Social

The Community Matters Partnership Project are holding a summer cinema event to raise money to support local youth projects.

Completing the "Color Obstacle Rush" Challenge

Charlie Whymark of Bakers recently completed a 5k run with a difference.

Bike Week 2015

As the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, Bike Week encourages over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around

Risky overtaking on country roads

Brake and Direct Line insurance released a survey showing an alarming one in seven (14%) drivers have had to take evasive action because of another driver's risky overtaking in the past year.

World Record attempt threatened for Steve Abraham?

Following a road traffic accident at the end of March, cyclist Steve Abraham is considering using a recumbent trike to continue his challenge to beat Tommy Godwin's 1939 record of cycling 75,065 miles in a year (that is an average of over 205 miles a day, every day, for a year).

Wiggle Legal

Bakers Solicitors is delighted to announce that we have been selected to work with the world's largest online cycling and tri-sports retailer - Wiggle.

MoD pay record compensation

The MoD pays soldier £709,000 compensation for bullying, but just £570,000 to a soldier who loses both legs...

Baking for Charity

Bakers Solicitors and Keystone Legal Benefits Limited gave donations for wearing red to work, held a cake sale and best dressed homemade cake competition during Red Nose Day on Friday 13th March. The cakes were judged by Paul Lewis from George Ide Solicitors, and the winner was Carol Stanton of Bakers.

A clear path for volunteers

Members of Bakers team, Carol Stanton, Lesley Short and Rachel Giddings, volunteered to help clear the towpath by Ash Lock on Thursday 12th March along with the Basingstoke Canal team and Aldershot Garrison. http://www.communitymatterspartnership.org.uk/Blog/Show/3140

New Drug Drive Law

Road Safety Charity Brake welcomed a new drug drive law that came into force on 2nd March, which makes driving with drugs in your body a criminal offence. The law, also known as 'Lilian's Law', removes the need to prove impairment, making it much easier to prosecute dangerous drug-drivers. Brake has long campaigned for this alongside families bereaved by drug-driving, including the family of 14 year old Lilian Groves, killed by a drug-driver in 2010.

Dani King: Olympic champion back on the road after 'freak' accident

Olympic champion Dani King tells BBC Breakfast how she has rebuilt her confidence after a "freak" road accident that left her in intensive care.

Driverless vehicles

Brake welcomed the launch of driverless vehicle trials as a step towards a safer, more sustainable future for UK road travel, and a long term goal of ending road deaths. Brake is on the advisory group of the GATEway project in Greenwich. With 94% of road casualties caused by driver error, driverless vehicles have the potential to deliver big benefits to road safety.

Civil court fee hikes spell disaster for access to justice

The government has announced it will proceed with court fee increases for some civil cases from this April and is consulting on further court fee increases.

Bakers Solicitors thanked for its contribution to the Community

We have moved!

Bakers Solicitors have merged branches and moved into our Aldershot Office at Beaumont House, Auchinleck Way, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1WT (DX: 146180 ALDERSHOT 7).

The community matters to Bakers

Bakers Solicitors are delighted to join the Community Matters Partnership Project (CMPP), which is a unique organisation dedicated to addressing the social needs of our local community and the borough of Rushmoor.

Accidents can be life changing

On a fine spring day in 2011, Mr R was delivering a newspaper to a friend. He'd driven and had parked his car in his usual spot near a road. Having delivered the newspaper he walked back to his car. In the seconds that it took Mr R to walk around the front of his car to the driver's side, a van crashed into the back of it. The speed of the crash caused Mr R's car to propel forwards hitting him with force. Mr R's head hit the windscreen of his car before his body bounced back hitting a nearby fence and then slumping to the ground.

Success for School Caretaker

Our client Mr R from Leicester won damages of £34,308.85 following an incident at the school where he worked as a caretaker. Our client was injured when the school bus pinned him up against railings and caused him to have to jump over the railings to avoid being squashed. In the fall he sustained quite serious injuries to his wrist and leg and was off work for 6 months undergoing two operations to graft bone to his damaged wrist which had to be set in plaster for nearly 6 months.

Personal Injury or Illness Abroad

Most people would wish to go away on holiday to relax, have time away and enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, some individuals may be unlucky enough to suffer an injury whilst out of the country. If you have suffered an injury, whilst on holiday abroad, we may be able to help.

The ‘Joys’ of Cycling

Whether it is for fitness, leisure or to save money getting to work, cycling can offer many benefits and can be fun too. However, there are sometimes occasions when your bike ride may not turn out quite as you expected.

Bakers Solicitors: An Investor in People

Bakers Solicitors is very proud to announce that the firm has passed its re-accreditation assessment for Investors in People, a standard mark which is increasingly seen as a measure of a quality employer.

Continued growth leads to second office opening

Tune in to road safety – a message from Brake the Road Safety Charity

We're all human: we daydream, get side-tracked, run late and make mistakes. But on roads, distractions can be fatal.

MASS: Today is a victory for the legitimate claimant as MoJ pauses on whiplash reforms

The Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) warmly welcomes the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) announcement today that it will defer their decision on the Small Claims Limit for general damage claims until the impacts of the LASPO and other reforms on the market are better understood.

The Law Society awards Bakers Solicitors with its LEXCEL Quality Mark.

Bakers Solicitors is delighted to have once again received Lexcel accreditation from the Law Society, honouring the high standards they have set themselves on behalf of their clients.

No clarity over PI reform as D-day fast approaches

'D-day' for personal injury lawyers and claimants is now less than four months away and yet many issues relating to the major forthcoming changes to the personal injury system still remain outstanding.

Two Wheels - No Engine - on Your Bike

Cyclists are often the victim of non-fault accidents, and perhaps due to lack of knowledge and or non-representation from an insurance perspective, cyclists are often left high and dry if injured in an accident.

Justice for all campaign launched to defend free legal advice

Charities and individuals concerned about proposed cuts to legal aid and independent advice converged on Westminster yesterday for the official launch of the Justice for all campaign.

Minister Mike Penning challenged to explain "ambulance chasing" comments

Julian Oldfield of Bakers Solicitors has challenged Transport Minister Mike Penning MP to explain his comments over "ambulance chasing" solicitors. Shocked by the comments, Julian Oldfield has written to Mr Penning MP to set the record straight.

Health & Saftey Executive fine food firm over work injuries

A food manufacturer has paid out after two of its employers were involved in a work accident. The firm was held to account for not doing more to ensure its machinery was effectively guarded to protect its workforce.

Jackson - Stick to the Law

What the Jackson Review demonstrates once again is that members of the judiciary should never be asked to advise on anything to do with costs or funding. Judges notoriously know nothing about either.

Build a plane

Bakers Solicitors is co-sponsoring Yateley School in their challenge to build a light aircraft from scratch. The plane was unveiled at last year's Farnborough Air Show.

Accident Trauma and the Period of Adjustment

Fortunately, as humans we are fairly resilient and adaptable so that when it comes to the aftermath of trauma, particularly mild trauma, we can often bounce back after a period of adjustment with no long-standing problems.

Wealthy Enough to Claim?

Kenneth Clarke has decided to push ahead with his legal aid reforms, a decision which has angered large sections of the UK community.

Bakers win half million pound compensation claim for client in landmark personal injury case

Bakers Solicitors has won a significant High Court personal injury case and secured a £492,254 compensation package for its client, James Blount, an engineer who was severely injured whilst servicing a lift in a City of London office building in April 2005.

Uninsured Vehicles - A Change In The Law

The new Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) law, makes it an offence not only to drive an uninsured vehicle - but to keep one too.

Bakers Solicitors Sponsors "Build A Plane"

Bakers Solicitors is proud to sponsor a local school in their challenge to be the first UK school to build a light aircraft from scratch! The project is being co-sponsored by Boeing, The Royal Aeronautical Society and is being supported by The Light Aircraft Association.

Up to 20 people injured at Sainsburys supermarket

Up to 20 people were injured at a local Sainsburys supermarket in Queensmead, Farnborough at 12.20pm on Tuesday 14 September 2010 when the coffee machine blasted across the cafe and smashed through a wall.

3rd Time Lucky

Our client, Ian L was seriously injured at the Chatham dockyard. Ian was employed to unload stock and freight from containers. On the day in question, unusually, Ian had to unload an E-type Jaguar.

Insurer won't be disadvantaged by "dirty secret" money.

It appears that the former Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, might have forced the hand of the major insurer, AXA.

Asbestos victims await compensation ruling

Bereaved families have been seeking recompense for years while insurers squabble over liability. The Appeal Court is due to rule on Friday of this week.

'Compensation culture' a myth

Claims of a 'compensation culture' in England and Wales are simply not justified by the facts, the Law Society said today.

Forklift Accident at Heathrow Airport

A man has been injured after a work accident involving a fork lift truck at Heathrow Airport.

An Open Letter to Jack Straw

Barbara Hamilton-Bruce is the Director of Legal Operations at Accident Advice Helpline Direct Limited Here she writes an open letter to The former Justice Secretary Jack Straw.

Access to Justice Action Group - Preserve your right to claim.

How would you feel if you could not make a claim for compensation? There is little doubt that changes which are being proposed by the government will affect the way in which you are able to claim compensation. There is a very real chance that these changes might even prevent you from making a claim. These changes are being pushed through by a government led by the insurance industry - who will only pay if they are at fault!

13 Year old childs eating disorder linked to car accident - EMMA CARLON v DOMINO'S PIZZA GROUP LTD (2010)

When this case came to Bakers Solicitors we didn't have a defendant. Diligent enquiries through the Motor Insurers Bureau allowed us to locate the driver responsible, whose insurers eventually admitted full liability for the accident. There were further complications to this case when we had to justify assessing the costs of a personal injury action where the claimant child had suffered a severe eating disorder after a road traffic accident.

Access to Justice Action Group (AJAG) briefing: car insurance - AJAG's response to the ABI's mythology

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is in overdrive in its well financed campaign to blame the public for rises in insurance premiums. But there is another side to the story they do not tell you.

Inflation Proofing "Options for Claimants"

Being able to generate an adequate level of income, over the longer term, is perhaps the single most important financial goal for the beneficiary of a damages award. As such we are increasingly seeing individuals who are concerned about the rising rate of inflation and the impact it will have on their standard of living. With savings in banks and building societies generating pretty dismal returns, a higher rate of inflation means the real spending power of their money is falling also.

Paralympians warn legal aid reforms will penalise serious accident victims

Two of Britain's leading paralympians fear the government's shakeup of the legal aid system will have a severe impact on the ability of seriously injured people to claim adequate compensation.

AJAG publishes robust rebuttal to ABI's case

The Access to Justice Action Group, AJAG, has published a robust rebuttal of the Association of British insurers' (ABI) arguments in favour of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill.

A word from the Chief Executive of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)

Across our domestic jurisdictions we have different legal processes, rules and behaviours, and a different approach to legal reform. Indeed, even laws can differ. For example, referral fees are currently banned in Northern Ireland but are permissible in England and Wales. At least, that is, for the time being. As the Ministry of Justice proposes a ban on referral fees, it is worth reflecting on why and how. There is no doubt that the referral fee market has not done itself any favours. Advertising from claims management companies is constantly 'in your face', with unsolicited phone calls and text messages being commonplace. Even those who have had an accident feel bombarded.

Claimants will "never see" ten per cent damages uplift

Government plans to introduce a 10% uplift on general damages have again been called into question, amid concern that they are reliant on the co-operation of insurers.

Milly Dowler's family urges Cameron to rethink legal reforms

Letter from family of murdered teenager to PM says new law might have prevented them suing News International.

Insurance companies told they were 'pushing open door' over legal aid bill

Documents reveal officials' advice to industry over changes worth millions and justice minister Djanogly's request for help.

AJAG exposes extent of insurance industry credit hire rip off

Research published today by the Access to Justice Action Group (AJAG) has revealed the extent to which the insurance industry itself inflates claims for the credit hire of replacement vehicles after road accidents.

Banning referral fees will achieve nothing, warns government adviser

Banning referral fees will have "no effect on legal costs" and instead make something that is "currently reasonably transparent into something totally opaque", the architect of the claims management regime has warned MPs.

Insurers told to set their house in order ahead of parliamentary debate

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has called for clarity in the insurance market and has challenged the insurance industry to end its "unwarranted and prolonged assault on injured people".

The NHS must have a duty to be open over errors

The health and social care bill must include an obligation on hospitals and GPs to be honest with patients when things go wrong.

Young drivers: the hard facts

There is a wealth of research and casualty data showing that young drivers - particularly young male drivers - are at a much higher risk of crashing than older drivers and are therefore at risk of losing their lives or being seriously injured on the road, often killing or injuring their young passengers or other road users too. For example, in the UK only one in eight driver licence holders is aged 25 or under, [3] yet one in three drivers who die is under 25.[4]

Lords tear into legal aid bill

The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders passed its second reading in the House of Lords last night after an eight-hour battering from peers. Following a debate in which 51 of the 54 members who rose to speak criticised the bill, justice minister Lord McNally, responding for the government, promised "to listen" to the 'strong concerns' raised particularly in relation to domestic violence and clinical negligence.

Economists say Jackson reforms will cost £70m a year

The Jackson reforms of civil litigation will cost the taxpayer more than £70m a year in employers' liability cases, according to a report prepared by economists.

Urged to Slow Down!

Traffic at 30 mph is too fast for children's visual abilities, scientists reveal .

LASPO Bill finally subject to scrutiny

House of Lords committee stage is the next stop for the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, as it makes its way through Parliament.

Cyclist partly at fault for accident

While a road traffic accident in which a cyclist was injured had been caused by a taxi driver's excessive speed, the cyclist had been contributorily negligent by failing to stop at a red traffic light and failing to brake in sufficient time to avoid the collision. Damages for personal injury were therefore reduced by 80 per cent.

Fighting For Access to Justice

A short film

Car premiums artificially high, admits insurer

An insurance firm has revealed that it has increased its prices to make more profit rather than cover any increased costs as the Office of Fair Trading launched a market investigation.

AJAG response to OFT Motor Insurance market study

The Access to Justice Action Group welcomes the OFT report into the cost of car insurance.

UK taxpayers will pay cost of government's legal aid cuts

As the government's proposed £350 million legal aid cuts return to be debated in the House of Lords, an independent report from one of Britain's leading universities reveals how these changes will incur new costs for the taxpayer by simply shifting the burden onto other parts of the public purse, such as the NHS.

Mass "cautiously" welcomes transport committee report

The Motor Accident Solicitors Society said it cautiously welcomes the Transport Select Committee's follow-up report on the cost of motor insurance published today, but warned that there is still a long way to go in "dispelling the myths" about whiplash claims and holding the insurance industry to account.

AJAG Press Release: Justice campaigners warn against whiplash legislation

Responding to today's Transport Select Committee report, on curbing the dysfunctional insurance system, the Access to Justice Access Group (AJAG) warns that curbs on redress for whiplash would reduce the ability of legitimate claimants to get compensation they deserve.

Direct Line and Churchill fined for file tampering

Insurance firms Direct Line and Churchill - both owned by RBS - have been fined £2.17m for tampering with customer complaint files before submitting them to the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

APIL Vice-president speaks up for claimants at Westminster forum

Insurers are not launching an 'all-out-attack' on claimants, Nick Starling of the ABI insisted at a Westminster event on Tuesday.

Law Society welcomes delay to civil litigation changes

The Law Society has welcomed the government's decision to defer civil litigation reforms until April 2013.

The smoke and mirrors of whiplash rhetoric

For some time, there has been a theme of depicting whiplash claimants as fraudsters.

Government Announce Concession On Legal Aid & Clinical Negligence

The Government have announced that they are to make a partial u-turn on the controversial plan to scrap legal aid for all clinical negligence cases.

My Job is killing me...

Many of us work hard with the hope of enjoying a long, healthy retirement. However, for the many unfortunate people who were exposed to asbestos as part of their job that remains a distant dream.

Campaigners issue justice warning despite LASPO Bill exemptions

A decision by the House of Lords to exempt victims of industrial disease from the proposals for "no-win, no-fee" in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill has been welcomed by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Government presses on with portal timetable

A new timetable for development of protocols needed for the extension of the Road Traffic Accident (RTA) claims process has signalled the Government's ongoing commitment to extend the RTA portal by next April.

APIL: Time to put victims first

Insurers and the Government have been challenged to face up to their responsibilities for injured people by the new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

LASPO: government climbdown on mesothelioma cases

The government agreed this week to delay the implementation of reforms to no win, no fee cases relating to a mesothelioma victim seeking damages. This welcome, albeit minor concession, was in response to pressure from the Society and other campaigners. The concession requires the government to publish a review into the impact of the reforms on the ability of mesothelioma victims to obtain damages before the clauses can apply to such cases.

Inaugural speech by incoming president of the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors (APIL), Karl Tonks

Two months ago the Prime Minister gave a speech on personal and business responsibility. He talked about "people recognising that they have obligations beyond just paying their taxes and obeying the law. Not just doing no harm but doing good, and this applies to businesses as much as it does to individuals. Personal and business responsibility go hand in hand", he said.

No medical, no damages - but let’s not forget the genuine motor accident victims

The Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) in response to today's Government insurance summit:

Lawyers call for real debate on whiplash

Hard questions must be put to insurers about the way they handle whiplash claims, lawyers have said ahead of a Whitehall "summit" with the insurance industry.

One rule for the rich, one for the poor...

A word from the Chief Executive of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)...

Car insurance facing Competition Commission

Car insurance costs are set to be studied by the Competition Commission after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said the market was "dysfunctional".

APIL Letter to the Editor, Daily Express Re: The whiplash scam

Insurers must always fight whiplash claims which they believe to be fraudulent. Comments made by RSA chief executive Adrian Brown, that up to 65 per cent of whiplash claims are withdrawn when challenged, proves that doing so can be effective.

The Motor Accident Solicitors Society comments on Report on 3rd Party Motor Claims.

The Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) comments on The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' 2012 report on third party motor claims and periodic payment orders.

Insurers face backlash after 'staggering' claims increase report

Solicitors and lobby groups use report on claims inflation to hammer insurers

APIL president uses The Times to discuss claims reform 'calamity'

A disjointed approach by the Government is turning civil justice reform into a 'calamity for injured people' according to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) president Karl Tonks, writing in The Times today (Thursday).

New Whiplash Research Quashes Claims Myth

Lawyers have called for "sanity‟ in the national whiplash debate after claims dropped by 24,000 in the last year.

Lawyers2you network reaches London, Leeds and Manchester

Shopping centre legal brand Lawyers2you added London, Leeds and Manchester to its growing list of locations this week as it plans also to target some of the capital's most popular markets.

Motor insurers face competition probe

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today referred the motor insurance industry to the Competition Commission after finding that motorists are being charged too much after an accident.

PPI text spammers face £250,000 fine

Two people who sent millions of spam text messages face being fined more than £250,000, the information watchdog said today.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) refers private motor insurance market to competition commission

The OFT has today referred the UK's private motor insurance market to the Competition Commission for further investigation amid concerns that the market is not working well for motorists.

Holistic reform of the PI system

In less than six months the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) will come into force.

Bakers Solicitors awarded 360 Legal Group Member of the Year

Bakers Solicitors, which has offices in Farnborough, Aldershot, Farnham and Aldershot has scooped the title 360 Legal Group Member of the Year at a prestigious legal conference and awards dinner.

APIL response to Court of Appeal judgment in Simmons v Castle

Today's Court of Appeal decision on the way damages should be increased for personal injury cases will introduce unfairness where before there was an even playing field.

Ensuring more young people have a bright future ahead

A key focus at the party conferences over the past few weeks has been the difficulties facing the nation's young people, including their access to employment and their ability to turn potential into bright futures. On the fringes of the party conferences, Brake has been working with the Association of British Insurers to draw attention to a closely related issue: young people's safety on roads.

Government puts health and safety 'back into Victorian age'

An 11th hour addition to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill this week has overturned more than a century of accepted health and safety law.

Assault on health and safety will increase risk of injury

A two-pronged attack on health and safety by the Government will expose workers and members of the public to greater risk of injury, campaigners have warned.

Make the Brake Pledge

Brake, the road safety charity, is urging the public to make the Brake Pledge to use roads safely at this risky time of year and year-round.

APIL launches The Whiplash Report 2012

New evidence about whiplash claims was launched by The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) in Parliament today.

GO 20 campaign calls for a 2012 legacy of safe walking and cycling

As survey shows most kids are prevented from walking and cycling by traffic danger.

Implementation of civil justice costs and funding reforms

The government has proposed an arbitrary 60 per cent reduction for fixed recoverable costs in RTA portal claims.

Law Society calls for six month delay to Jackson reforms

The Law Society has called for a six-month delay to personal injury reforms in order to prevent a 'meltdown' of the civil justice system.

Civil justice system will suffer if government rushes in personal injury reforms

Rushed implementation of Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentence and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) risks adding to costs and clogging up the civil courts, the Law Society has warned.

RTA Portal costs: a tale of dishonesty

Lord Young's report in October 2010 led to the 2011 consultation in relation to the Jackson proposals. It will be recalled that much of the consultation took place between the government and the heads of the motor insurance industry. Claimants' representatives were largely excluded from those meetings.

"Don’t punish the honest majority for the actions for the fraudulent minority", says the Motor Accident Solicitors Society

The Motor Accident Solicitors Society strikes out against the Government's proposals to raise the small claims limit and the package of reforms that will prevent accident victims from seeking justice.

Labour takes aim at whiplash reform plan

The government's whiplash reforms are an attack on access to justice, the legal profession and genuine victims, according to shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter

Grayling falls for great insurance con trick

It sometimes appears as if you can tell the justice secretary any tall tale and he'll suck it in - safe in the knowledge that he's doing the right thing because someone has told him he is.