February 26, 2019
Personal Injury lawyers have had a rocky time in the press in recent years. The introduction of the ‘no win-no fee’ concept and a relaxation of advertising rules has seen a glut of radio, TV and newspaper adverts as phrases such as ‘ambulance chasers’ and ‘compensation culture’ have become part of our everyday language.
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Recent legislation has been imposed to radically change the accident claims industry and processes aimed at speeding up the system and reducing legal fees have been introduced.
However, the debate has reared its head again this week with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rejecting calls to ban solicitors from offering inducements to potential clients such as cash or gifts. They argue that they have found nothing to suggest client’s interests are put at risk or that inducements encourage spurious claims.
Indeed aren’t inducements a part of our everyday lives? Whether it be a '3-for-2' offer at the local supermarket or a free cuddly toy for taking out insurance, these offers are a very clever way of marketing to encourage consumers to purchase products or services and can give business’s a competitive advantage over rivals.
So why should the legal profession be treated any differently when it comes to inducements and injury claims?
Well the answer may well lie in the first paragraph of this blog. Accident lawyers are generally not held in high esteem and it could be argued that to allow marketing in such a way might heighten this perception, whilst at the same time helping fuel the notion of a compensation culture.
As a result, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) have both called for a ban on inducements and have asked the SRA to reconsider and we agree with that call.
At Pudsey Legal we believe in good old fashioned quality and service being the driving forces when choosing a solicitor to represent you and your interests. Whether you’ve had an accident, are buying a house or making a will, it’s important that you are choosing your solicitors for the right reasons.
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