MP hails re­think af­ter ‘count­less’ jobs saved

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

SOUTH­PORT MP Damien Moore says “count­less jobs” have been saved in the town af­ter the Gov­ern­ment amended its per­sonal in­jury re­forms.

Mr Moore had lob­bied the Min­istry of Jus­tice to re­move vul­ner­a­ble road users from the re­forms – sav­ing hun­dreds of jobs in South­port.

The Civil Li­a­bil­ity Bill aims at re­duc­ing in­sur­ance costs for mo­torists but the orig­i­nal pro­pos­als risked mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists, and mo­tor­cy­clists to find le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

The plans would have left road ac­ci­dent vic­tims un­able to re­cover their le­gal costs un­less their claim was worth more than £5,000.

Ed Fletcher, whose Fletch­ers Solic­tors prac­tice spe­cialises in de­fend­ing th­ese vul­ner­a­ble road users, feared the ef­fect of the re­forms on his firm.

MPs had al­ready crit­i­cised the Civil Li­a­bil­ity Bill for not es­ti­mat­ing its im­pact on the le­gal sec­tor.

Rory Ste­wart, the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the leg­is­la­tion, agreed to re­move vul­ner­a­ble road users af­ter Mr Moore lob­bied for their ex­clu­sion.

The Con­ser­va­tive MP thanked the min­is­ter for lis­ten­ing to his con­cerns and de­scribed the de­ci­sion to change the bill as “great news”.

He added: “Some of our town’s big­gest em­ploy­ers could have lost count­less jobs if this change hadn’t been made.”

Mr Fletcher said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the changes to th­ese re­forms and are grate­ful to MP Damien Moore for tak­ing this on board on our be­half.

“The un­in­tended con­se­quence of the leg­is­la­tion would have mas­sively im­pacted on vul­ner­a­ble road users and it would po­ten­tially have had an im­pact on 400 jobs in South­port.

“This is great for Fletch­ers so we can con­tinue to pro­vide jus­tice to peo­ple who wouldn’t have been able to ac­cess qual­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tion from fan­tas­tic lawyers who are hugely ex­pe­ri­enced.

“It also means that we can keep peo­ple em­ployed and con­tinue to grow sus­tain­ably in this area.

“Vul­ner­a­ble road users be­ing ex­cluded from this leg­is­la­tion is great news for Fletch­ers and great news for jus­tice.”

Damien Moore MP, right, with South­port so­lic­i­tor Ed Fletcher

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