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Set in stone: meeting the new rules regarding fixed fees for clinical negligence cases

Ed Fletcher considers how firms need to evolve to meet the new rules regarding fixed fees for clinical negligence cases 

22 March 2016

Clinical negligence is the latest area of law to come under the spotlight of politicians and civil servants seeking to reign in the legal sector's pull on the public purse. The motivation for this change has little to do with patient rights and everything to do with the current state of the NHS' legal bill: £1.3 billion and rising at last count.

By October this year, most of us expect there to be a new regime in place that radically alters the financial realities of running a clinical negligence practice. Time is running out for firms to prepare themselves for the new system.

At Fletchers, our process of change started in earnest three years ago, as we began to rethink how to structure and run our practice in preparation for exactly this kind of eventuality. As a result, we believe that we operate a lean and effective process that's ready for whatever the new regime...

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