Changes to the rules relating to injury compensation cases will not be applied to industrial disease claims, a government official has pledged.
Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly has insisted that the proposed legal reforms - which will see successful claimants handing over some of their award to their solicitor - are not going to affect cases brought about due to asbestos-related illnesses.
Mr Djanogly explained these new regulations have only been created to drive down the number of false claims being made, but because the severity of conditions such as mesothelioma cannot be disputed, these will be exempt.
"The government is committed to action on this point," he told the House of Commons.
Under the terms of the reforms, solicitors will be restricted to a maximum of 25 per cent of the total settlement awarded to their client, meaning they will no longer be able to claim fees from the opposing party.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson