SRA issues personal injury fraud warning

SRA issues personal injury fraud warning

The Solicitors Regulation Authority have issued a warning notice on potential fraud in personal injury cases and reminding the profession of its obligations.

The warning notice, whihc will be found on the SRA web site at (– has been issued following publication of a report by the Insurance Fraud Task Force in January, calling for more to be done to ensure solicitors were not involved in bogus insurance claims.

The SRA has drawn up a list of areas where there may be concerns for solicitors dealing with personal injury work and is asking firms to make sure they are fully compliant. Those areas include:

  • Cold calling,
  • Breaching the ban on referral fees,
  • Acting on instructions without client approval,
  • Paying damages to third parties, and
  • Bringing claims without clients’ knowledge,

and has also produced a series of case studies highlighting how these issues can arise in practice.

The SRA will be carrying out a comprehensive review of the personal injury market later this year.

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