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Has LASPO ‘come good’ for victims of clinical negligence?

Government figures on funding of clinical negligence cases suggest no win, no fee agreements can replace legal aid

8 July 2015

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 has, quite rightly, been heavily criticised by lawyers, campaigners, and politicians worried about how the most vulnerable and deserving in society will be able to access justice without the financial means to do so.

LASPO effectively turned off the tap of public funding for civil claims. The coalition government's reasoning to help the nation out of the black hole of 'deficit' by discouraging unnecessary litigation at public expense has left hundreds of thousands unable to seek legal redress without resorting to 'DIY justice'.

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