Clause 41 - Conditional fee agreements: success fees

Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishmentof Offenders bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 13th September 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice) 12:00 pm, 13th September 2011

While the Minister was concluding, I was looking at some of the other cases. There have not been many, but they include South African workers poisoned by mercury, Namibian uranium miners claiming for throat cancer, asbestos miners, torture claims by Peruvian anti-mine protestors, and Colombian campesinos who suffered damage to land. Those are the sort of claimants in such cases. We have had no evidence from the Government that such cases with such claimants against such defendants will be possible. We have not seen such evidence in impact assessments, and we have seen no evidence on how the new system will work, so does my hon. Friend agree that we have no basis on which to trust the Government’s assertion?