Nockolds Backs Ban on 'Ambulance Chasing' Cold Callers
The Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Team at Nockolds is backing a House of Lords move to ban 'ambulance chasing' claims management companies that cold call potential clients over the telephone.
An amendment is being proposed to the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill, currently before peers, which would make unsolicited touting for claims illegal. The amendment has been tabled by the Conservative peer, Baroness Altmann, and is to be debated today.
The amendment would make it illegal for claims management companies to 'instigate the use of a public electronic communications service for the purpose of making unsolicited telephone calls for direct marketing'. It would also ban unsolicited emails by claims managers or those acting on their behalf.
Experts estimate that about 51million calls and text messages are received in the UK from companies encouraging people to make personal injury claims.
Lady Altmann's amendment has won the support of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), which mostly represents law firms acting for claimants. APIL has long waged a campaign against claims management companies, which we fully support.