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Legal aid withdrawn from negligence cases

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7116.1111h (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1111
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has announced a wide ranging shake up of legal aid and civil justice, which will have far reaching repercussions for medical negligence litigation in England and Wales.

    Legal aid is to be withdrawn from all money and damages claims, including medical negligence. The government expects lawyers to fill the gap by a big expansion of “no win, no fee” deals (in which the loser pays the winner's costs). But the Bar and the Law Society warn that the high costs that …

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