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Cap on legal fees for clinical negligence work does not go far enough, defence organisations warn

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 02 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3730
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

Proposals to limit the amount lawyers can claim in costs on medical negligence cases worth less than £25 000 (€28 000; $33 000) do not go far enough, medical defence organisations have said.

In a review of civil litigation costs,1 Lord Justice Jackson has recommended that the Department of Health and the Civil Justice Council should set up a working party to develop a process for handling clinical negligence claims of under £25 000.

He said that the process should have a grid of fixed recoverable costs …

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