Press release: 22 September 2011

Proposed Ban on “referral fees” Not Enough!

Paul Mulderrig has welcomed government attempts to ban referral fees for insurance companies who pass on details of accident victims, but says the steps announced by the Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke don’t go far enough.

“I think the public will welcome the news that insurance companies such as Admiral will no longer be able to sell details of injured claimants. But what I would really like to see is a complete ban on so-called “claims management companies” being allowed to advertise,” says Paul who has worked in personal injury claims for more than 25 years.

“These people are not proper lawyers, they are simply marketeers with an eye to the main chance. Their business model seems to be to contact accident victims and then sell their details to the highest bidder.

“This proposed clampdown is a start, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. It does nothing to address the distasteful “claims industry” tactics of door-stepping, text messaging, cold calling or accosting people as they leave the supermarket.

“There’s really no need for these companies to exist at all, and it would solve most of the problems if the only people allowed to advertise for personal injury services were properly qualified and properly regulated solicitors.

“Mulderrigs have been involved in personal injury law for many years , but we have never paid for a referral and we never will!

“We give objective legal advice and our clients come direct to us, usually after a recommendation.

“The recent media reports have given a misleading impression that the whole dubious practice of payments for referrals will be outlawed by banning insurance company but the sad truth is that they are just the tip of the iceberg.”

Mulderrigs have a team of solicitors specialising in personal injury accident compensation claims, medical negligence claims and claims for professional negligence.

For the past 10 years we have received the Law Society’s Lexcel award for practice management standards which is awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards.  We are also also appointed to the panel of legal experts approved by the brain injury association, Headway.