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House of Commons Transport Select Committee - Driving premiums down: fraud and the cost of motor insurance

04 Jul 2014
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House of Commons Transport Select Committee - Driving premiums down: fraud and the cost of motor insurance

Response from John Spencer, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL):

“The Government should listen to the committee?s warning about avoiding hasty legislation to dismiss claims for „fundamental dishonesty?. Despite the fact that it is a complex area of law, it was introduced in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill at such a late stage in the House of Commons it had no scrutiny there at all.

Blanket dismissal of such cases will have damaging consequences for injured people with legitimate claims for compensation. While the definition of „fundamental dishonesty? remains unclear, injured people may find themselves spuriously accused of fraud by unscrupulous insurers. Embarking on a legal case can be daunting enough for injured people, but the threat of being falsely accused of overstating their suffering could lead people with genuine claims to underplay their symptoms or fail to bring cases at all.”

Past statements and comments

Civil Liability Bill debate on whiplash reform in the House of Lords - reaction from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), 13 Jun 2018
Reaction from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to the Justice Select Committee report on increasing the small claims limit for personal injury (17 May 2018), 17 May 2018
Fixed costs for personal injury claims against the NHS: APIL response, 15 Feb 2018
MoJ decides on April 2019 to implement whiplash reforms, 12 Feb 2018
APIL's response to the Justice Select Committee report , 30 Nov 2017
APIL's reaction to a court of appeal ruling in relation to eligibility for bereavement damages, 28 Nov 2017
Rapid resolution and redress scheme , 28 Nov 2017
Reaction to Government's response to consultation on setting the discount rate, 07 Sep 2017

More past statements

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