Legal No-Go Area
Posted by shutah on January 18, 2011
Is this fair?
The BBC has been told that Legal aid cuts will make it impossible to challenge pharmaceutical companies in the courts.
The government plans to cut the legal aid budget by £350m which means lawyers representing claimants against drug companies will be unlikely to get funding in England and Wales.
The current alternative is a mixture of no-win no-fee agreements with lawyers, and insurance against a patient losing and being liable for the winning side’s substantial costs.
The government is currently consulting on its proposals and insists reforms will be fair.
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