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Banning Referral Fees - One year on

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM (BST)

Banning Referral Fees - One year on

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Banning Referral Fees - One Year On:

Is the personal injury field now more ethical?

Tuesday 8th April 2014, 6pm


UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, 
London WC1H 0EG 



John Spencer, Spencers Solicitors, Member of the Civil Justice Council, APIL

Stephen Mayson, Consultant, leading commentator on the legal profession

Andrew Hopper QC, leading authority on professional regulation

Kathryn Mortimer, Managing Director, DAS Law

Chaired by Professor Richard Moorhead, Director CELS, UCL Laws


About the Event

The banning of referral fees was one of the less controversial elements of the Jackson proposal but it nevertheless split the professions and their regulators.  Some defended them as essential or sensible elements of business; cheaper and more effective than other forms of marketing.  Insurers were criticized for deriding the claimant personal injury market whilst generating income streams from referral fees themselves.  The Bar, in particular, compared referral fees to bribes.  The professional regulators varied in the extent to which they welcomed or tolerated the referral fee ban.  Doubts about enforceability have routinely been expressed. 



The UCL Centre for Ethics & Law was established in 2009 to reflect the growing need for enhanced collaboration between academics, practicing lawyers and industry, given the fast changing and increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the global issues lying at the intersection between ethics and regulatory compliance. The work of the Centre is resolutely multi-disciplinary and practice-oriented, focusing on a number of current themes including the professional ethics of in-house and external legal counsel, ethics of risk, anti-corruption, global business and human rights, and distributive justice.

with thanks to our donors Norton Rose, Ernst & Young,
Shell, BAE, HSBC and Carillion



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UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
WC1H 0EG London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM (BST)

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