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LOW VALUE CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS: Caring for clients in a cost-effective way

26 May 2017  

Richard Baker reflects on how practitioners can adapt to preserve access to justice

I was called to the bar in the year 2000. When I started practising, the profession was coming to terms with the ‘new’ civil procedure reforms and with conditional fee agreements, which had been introduced some years before. There were rumblings within the profession that these changes would bring an end to the world as my predecessors knew it; and that access to justice would be impaired because, in selecting those cases to take forward under a conditional fee agreement, the legal profession would only run those cases where there was a guarantee of success and where profit would follow, thus removing access to justice from the poor and vulnerable, who would otherwise have been supported by public funding.

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