The House of Lords voted in favour of an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LAPSO) Bill to exclude victims of industrial disease from the changes to the ‘no-win, no-fee’ system. The changes planned will mean that personal injury claimants will have to pay some of the costs of bringing a claim out of their compensation, but the House of Lords has agreed that Industrial Disease Victims should not have to do this. Unfortunately, the House of Commons can still overrule the House of Lords when the Bill returns there for further debate, so this decision could be reversed.
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Chief Executive Deborah Evans welcomed the decision but added
“It is still, however, a devastating blow for justice that the same degree of consideration was not given to the proposals for other innocent victims of injury, whose lives may also have been shattered through no fault of their own”