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5 December 2012
Draft regulations to implement part of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) were defeated in the House of Lords on Monday (3 December), after it was pointed out that they had failed to fulfil a commitment made during the passage of the Act.
A spokesman for the Law Society said:
“The Government’s headlong dash towards implementation of the LASPO Act would appear to be introducing errors on detail – such as the one exposed by the almost unprecedented defeat for secondary legislation in the Lords yesterday – and miscalculation of its effect – as in the preposterous proposals to slash fees for handling of road accident claims. The Government would be well advised to take a more considered, thoughtful approach, to work closely with all stakeholders – not just insurers - to mitigate the effects of these unpopular changes and ensure the detailed drafting matches the commitments made as the primary legislation made its way through Parliament.”