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.
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