PI solicitors are facing claims based on deductions from damages following Belsner case
The latest member survey conducted by the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) has found almost half of costs lawyers (46 per cent) have seen an increase in the number of solicitors being sued by former clients.
The increase is likely due to the fast-growing industry of personal injury clients being encouraged to sue their former lawyers for deductions made from damages awarded to the client, following the ruling in Belsner v Cam Legal Services  EWHC 2755 (QB).
In Belsner, the judge ruled the solicitors had not provided enough information to their claimant client about the potential costs and so their client was unable to give informed consent to deductions from damages.
The profession eagerly awaits...