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Archive for December 15th, 2010

Friend and fellow blogger, David Allen Green (who writes the Jack of Kent blog), has been on a pilot for a C4 News programme.  I have a face for radio, so harbour no desires to appear on telly myself – but then, as I had another Christmas Party on my own earlier this afternoon, the thought came to me, given David Allen Green’s excellent blogging and incisive analysis of legal issues…. that he could have a pop at Britain’s Got Talent as well.  I’d pay good money to see that… in fact… I’d even audition with a leprous dog with a pirate patch over one eye to see if I could get at least one vote….

OK…. I’d better run now… before Jack of Kent visits the wrath of justice on me…. well… it is Christmas….at least it is here, at The Staterooms.

Being serious – if you have not read David Allen Green’s Jack of Kent blog – it will be well worth your while.

And…back to nonsense…..

The Sun reported this morning…

A PERVERT was caught pleasuring himself in a public library — while reading Alan Sugar’s autobiography.

That was amusing enough… but Lord Sugar’s tweet was funnier.  He has been having an amusing ‘bitchfight’ with Piers Morgan on Twitter to see who can get the most followers and betting sustantial sums of money – the loser to donate to Great ormond Street Hospital… here is the tweet…

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Law Review: No Win No fee reforms

BY Richard Craig, Accident Advice Helpline
No win, no fee reforms

Let’s take a brief look at the effect that Ken Clarke’s no win no fee reforms will have on personal injury claimants.

The most common type of PI case in the UK is an RTA-related whiplash claim. Legal fees, on average, amount to £1540 or thereabouts for each case. The mean value of a successful compensation package is £2500. If victims now have to pay their own counsel’s fees, this means that Joe Bloggs will now take home £960. Is this fair?
Mr Clarke’s 25% cap on fees, an apparent act of benevolence, actually makes it the case that a PI claimant would have to be awarded compensation of £6200 before the cap would ‘cut in.’ Most RTA cases do not meet this threshold unless a fairly serious injury is sustained.

The Justice Minister also says that compensation should be raised by 10% to offset this downturn. But again, this will not do much. Say a worker breaks his finger at the factory and is awarded £2000. Under the new system, he will lose £500 of that to his lawyer and then regain 10% of the total sum, leaving him with £1650. Essentially, he has been charged VAT on top of his claim.

These new proposals risk taking the most from those with the least, and need serious reappraisal before they are enshrined in the law.

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