“We stood with unions” – Thompson’s disappointed in Civil Liability Bill Commons defeat

Thompsons’ Solicitors has said the government’s Civil Liability Bill is a “deliberate attack” on access to justice.

Speaking after Labour’s amendments were this afternoon rejected by MPs, chief executive Stephen Cavalier said: “The Civil Liability Bill and the associated changes to the small claims limit are deliberate, cynical attacks on access to justice by the government.

“Like the introduction of fees in employment tribunals it places barriers in the way of working people claiming what is rightfully theirs – in this case damages for workplace injuries.”

He continued: “This will affect up to 350,000 people a year and put power even more firmly in the hands of employers and their insurers.

“We stood with trade unions and working people to demand MPs support #justice4injuredworkers by backing amendments which would ensure that it is limited to fraud in whiplash cases – which has always been the government’s stated target.

“Now this package of changes has made it it through Parliament, workers will find themselves having to take on their own legal cases at their own expense.

“These are seismic changes affecting huge numbers of people (including children and those with mental capacity issues) and it’s completely unacceptable for the government to push through the most damaging parts of their changes hidden away in a statutory instrument removing any real chance for MPs to scrutinise them through open debate.”

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