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Hague Convention helps enshrine right to justice

16 Mar 2023
APIL news

Lawyers have supported the Government’s plan to join the Hague Convention to help people who are injured abroad.


“Enforcing a judgment by a UK court in the country where the injury happened is currently difficult following Brexit, and there is now less protection for those injured abroad,” said John McQuater, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).


 “The Lugano Convention previously provided this for the UK but since leaving the EU, people have no longer been protected by it,” he continued.


“Signing up to the Hague Convention would help injured people get redress by providing a common legal framework across jurisdictions in the EU and beyond."


“While the Hague Convention does not have as broad a scope as the Lugano Convention, it is a step in the right direction.”


In its response to the Ministry of Justice consultation, APIL has also urged the Government to continue its efforts to re-join the Lugano Convention


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