Hampshire Law Society - Referral Fees
Press statement: Ban on referral fees for personal injury cases
13 June 2012
Ban on referral fees for personal injury cases will work but the measures adopted need to be straightforward, proportionate and effective, says Law Society.
Commenting on the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) discussion paper on the Government's ban on referral fees in personal injury cases, which comes into force in April 2013, as part of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), President of the Law Society, John Wotton said:
'We support a ban on referral fees in personal injury cases and had extensive dialogue with the Ministry of Justice on the drafting of the statutory provisions. We are ready to work with the SRA and other interested bodies in making the ban on referral fees for personal injury cases work - the measures adopted need to be straightforward, proportionate and effective. Care needs to be taken in implementation to ensure that the Parliament's intentions are achieved without unintended consequences. For instance, the ban should not prevent firms' legitimate marketing activity.'