Another prominent new entrant into the personal injury market has trumpeted its arrival. BT Claims has applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority for a licence to become an Alternative Business Structure (ABS). In effect this will mean that it will have its own in-house law firm, which will handle personal injury claims.
Accordingly to the Law Society Gazette (16 February 2012), a spokesman for BT Claims said: “The initial focus will be on handling motor claims and litigation, which may be transferable to other sectors. It is about getting claims settled quickly and for the right price rather than stringing things out” [our emphasis].
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Is this another example of the pile it high, sell it cheap and forget the detail approach to civil justice?