Clients ‘will have to pay more’ after portal extension

Rupert White Posted By Rupert White
from Burlington Media Group

Clients will have to pay more for a proper service following yesterday's extension of the personal injury portal, a leading claimant lawyer has said.

Employer's and public liability cases worth up to £25,000 will now fall inside the portal for the first time. Where liability is contested, the fast track fixed costs scheme will apply.

Claimant solicitors will be able to recover £900 in costs for cases worth up to £10,000 and £1,600 for cases worth up to £25,000.

David Marshall, managing partner of Anthony Gold, said portal fees were too low and had been based on a 'grade D fee earner', a paralegal or a trainee, doing the work.

He said that some of the injuries involved could be very serious, but the economic incentive on claimants was to accept the first available offer.

"It's not a very fair system," Marshall said. "Solicitors may have to tell some clients 'you will have to pay us more to do a proper job'."

Read the rest of this story on the Solicitors Journal website.

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