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Changes to lawyers’ fees in personal injury cases are set to save the NHS millions

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2112 (Published 01 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2112
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government is to change the rules for lawyers’ no win, no fee deals in England and Wales, in a move which is expected to save the NHS millions of pounds a year.

Under the current regime, claimants’ lawyers can claim up to double their normal costs if they win a case—their usual fees plus a “success fee” of up to 100%. The whole package is payable by the losing defendant—which in most clinical negligence cases is the NHS.

The defendant is also liable to pay the premium for the insurance the claimant takes out to insure against the risk of losing and having …

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