this article today. It is rather misleading. I am getting tired of being labelled an 'ambulance chasing lawyer' and I want to just set the record straight; again. " />

5000 firms chasing whiplash claims

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BL Claims Solicitors specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and travel claims, providing our clients with hands-on support, nationally.

We are rated as one of the top firms in the UK and believe in speaking to our clients in jargon-free language and ensuring you're speaking to a highly qualified lawyer right from the outset

There are around 5000 regulated lawyers in the UK representing victims of accidents.  They have undergone years of training to become accomplished in this niche area of law. Most will be graduates and the very best in the profession are awarded accreditation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).  Save for the odd surviving sole practitioner, they all work for law firms.  Some of those firms specialise only in personal injury work whilst some, like Blake Lapthorn, cater for the extremely varied needs of organisations and individuals.  There are not 5000 law firms doing this work.

The story says that there are 5,399 Claims Management Companies (CMC's) operating in the UK. If that is true then presently there are significantly more CMC's than there are law firms offering expertise in personal injury claims.  That's a startling statistic, given that only a lawyer can actually represent you. 

I commented recently upon the rising cost of whiplash claims.  I repeat again the recommendation that I gave to those involved in a road traffic collision:   Call a lawyer directly.  One preferably affiliated to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).  If they have reasonable prospects they will be told so, by the lawyer.  None of these promising adverts and text messages declaring: '…you are entitled to claim £thousands for your accident'.  There is no exchange of cash between other third parties... "Simples?" 

Grant Evatt
Senior Solicitor - Personal Injury team

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