Defendants in the Claims Direct test case have welcomed the findings of the senior costs judge, Master Hurst, last month that various disbursements and payments made under Claims Direct's scheme were in the nature of 'referral fees' for new business.
Although Claims Direct is in administrative receivership, Master Hurst's 'tranche two' judgment will also apply to schemes of a similar nature involving other claims management companies.
Andrew Parker, litigation partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs
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