"Clarke in Jackson reform climbdownTuesday 24 April 2012 by John Hyde
Justice secretary Kenneth Clarke today made a surprise U-turn to postpone Jackson reforms for mesothelioma cases.
The issue has been the most controversial aspect of part two of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill, with the Lords voting for a second time on Monday to oppose the government. Clarke today tabled an amendment in the House of Commons postponing LASPO reforms for all claims relating to mesothelioma cases.
The postponement will allow time for a review of the likely effect of the reforms. The Ministry of Justice will report on the review’s conclusions.
The amendment means that in mesothelioma cases, after-the-event insurance and success fees are likely to remain recoverable from losing defendants after April 2013, the date when Jackson reforms are due to be implemented. The amendment is a surprise climbdown from the government, which as recently as the Lords debate on Monday was arguing that cases could not be differentiated. ..................."
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Apr 24, 2012 18:12:13 GMT
All well and good until the poor victims of this awful disease come up against the merciless benefits system and battle to get ESA/DLA/PIP or Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit; - if they can make the heartless decisions they do in other cases - they will in mesothelioma cases - the long and short of it they don't want anyone getting benefits to which they are lawfully entitled, yesterday's votes on this made that abundantly clear. Shame they were't around to help me out in today's 'non - legal' caseload.