Mesothelioma Justice welcomes news from earlier on in July 2014 which confirms that Mesothelioma claims will continue to remain exempt from the affects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). This means that mesothelioma sufferers will continue to be protected from After the Event Insurance, success fee and disbursements reductions from their damages, protecting 100% compensation recovery in their cases.

The lift of exemption

The lifting of the exemption was widely expected to occur during this month, bringing mesothelioma claims into line with all other asbestos disease cases which remain subject to LASPO. However, the Ministry of Justice recently confirmed that the exemption will not be considered again until the autumn of 2014. The cause of the delay was said to be due to “technical reasons”.

Allegations Against the Insurance Industry

Labour MP, Andy McDonald recently quizzed justice minister Shailesh Vara MP surrounding allegations that the insurance industry had been brokering secret deals about mesothelioma claims. The government was also accused of “doing a rotten deal with Conservative party funders in the City to the detriment of dying people” by Stephen Hepburn MP. Such claims were denied by the minister who suggested that Mr Hepburn should deal with matters of fact rather than supposition.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers will no doubt also welcome the reprieve as APIL president, Matthew Stockwell has stated : “If ever a claimant needed full compensation, it is surely the claimant facing a death sentence  just because he turned up for work.”

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