Three cheers for the Access to Justice Action Group (AJAG) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Words you probably didn’t expect to hear on the Legal Costs Blog.
They have been loudly trumpeting their “independent research” into the impact of the Government’s proposals for ‘no win, no fee’ agreements. Press releases, tweets, etc.
They have been strangely quiet about one element of the research findings. Of those members of the public interviewed who had brought a claim under a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, only 2% lost their case after court proceedings had been issued. A further 3% had been dropped on the solicitors’ advice. Of those cases where proceedings were issued, over 90% of claims were successful.
And we are seriously expected to believe that with these kind of success rates solicitors will not be willing to run these claims regardless of any changes to the ‘no win, no fee’ system.
I’ll be waving this research around at the next detailed assessment I attend with a success fee claimed.
More research like this please.