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James Bell investigates how the government works

By Principal Lawyer, Clinical Negligence

A piece of legal dynamite in the Guardian on Saturday.
The government minister in charge of reducing access to justice (Jonathan Djanogly) has a financial interest in the insurance industry. Quelle surprise.It turns out that Ma and Pa Djanogly’s insurance company is one of many that are set to benefit from the coalition government’s attack on personal injury victims.The newspaper states that... "In the past three years Djanogly has been entitled to an average annual payout from the underwriters (Mum and Dad's business) of £41,000. In 2009 Djanogly was eligible to almost £97,000 from the profits of the partnership – more than his current ministerial salary of £89,000."The insurance industry is set to receive a billion pound windfall as a result of these “modernising reforms”. If past performance is anything to go by then that windfall will not be passed on to consumers or shareholders and more than likely it has already been earmarked for bonuses for the top executives.The Djanogly gang will be one of the beneficiaries of the bill that Djanogly junior is steering through parliament. This is a clear conflict of interests.James Bell is a Partner in the Russell Jones & Walker clinical negligence team. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.