BBC Radio 4 Investigates LASPO Bill Consequences
APIL’s (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) chief executive outlined the impact on clinical negligence victims of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill for BBC Radio 4 listeners this week.
Deborah Evans was interviewed by Law in Action for a special investigation into the double-whammy of a legal aid cut coupled with restricted conditional fee agreements.
She explained to presenter Joshua Rozenberg that clinical negligence cases are, due to their complex nature, expensive to run.
“If legal aid goes, it’s going to be very hard for a lawyer to fund the investigation of a claim themselves,” she said.
Deborah was also quizzed about the level of damages. “It’s not a lottery win, it isn’t for a holiday in Florida, it is for your future care or to adapt your house in some cases”.
The broadcasters also spoke to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke who criticised some members of the House of Lords for trying to block his plans to slash spending on legal aid.
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