Fighting for justice

Tony Cornell

Ever since the 1999 Access to Justice Act abolished legal aid in civil cases and allowed no-win-no-fee cases, it was inevitable the justice system would follow the US model with increasing awards, with the legal profession taking the lion’s share.

The principle was right in that innocent parties could still obtain compensation without having to pay up front or risk money they did not have, and the burden would be transferred from the taxpayer to the private sector. The legislation was flawed –

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