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9 Feb 2012

Consumer Justice Alliance responds to ‘compromise’ capitulation on LASPO Bill

This week it emerged that the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has radically altered its position on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The decision has caused considerable unrest among APIL members, with well over a hundred comments on APIL’s members’ forum expressing unhappiness with the abrupt change of direction.

The Consumer Justice Alliance believes that the ‘compromise’ position offered by APIL will leave innocent victims in a worse position than the Jackson proposals would do. The timing of APIL’s intervention is also a matter of considerable surprise, given the recent powerful and cogent criticism of the Government’s proposals from the House of Lords.  As has been reported in the Law Society Gazette and Legal Futures, Nigel Muers-Raby, Chairman of the Consumer Justice Alliance, has expressed his concern at both the content and the timing of APIL’s proposals in an open letter to Deborah Evans, Chief Executive of APIL.

The Consumer Justice Alliance believes that APIL’s decision to begin ‘horse trading’ with the Government represents a betrayal of both its constituent members and innocent victims alike.
You can read a copy of Nigel’s letter to Deborah Evans on Monday 6 February 2012 here.

You can read media coverage about the issue here and here.

27 August 2011

The Observer reports that paralympians warn legal aid reforms will penalise serious accident victims.

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9 June 2011

Law Society Gazette covers Consumer Justice Alliance criticism of Government ignoring expert judges on reform
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3 June 2011

Consumer Justice Alliance rebuttal of Medical Defense Union claims on medical negligence featured in Law Society Gazette
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29 March 2011

Government reforms to civil litigation costs will block road to justice.
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7 December 2010

CJA publishes its response to the Justice Select Committee's inquiry on Access to justice and Sentencing Proposals
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19 November 2010

CJA letter published in today’s Guardian
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16 November 2010

Gadsby Wickes responds to local MP in Braintree & Witham Times
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15 November 2010

Consumer Justice Alliance responds to announcement on MoJ Consultation on Civil Litigation and Costs
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15 October 2010

The Consumer Justice Alliance (CJA), a coalition of charities, victims’ groups, insurers and law firms, responds to Lord Young's review on health and safety and 'compensation culture'
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