Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of ignoring the legal profession following his “tea and cakes” meeting with the insurance industry over whiplash.
This week Cameron met with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and leading insurance firms and businesses at Downing Street for what was described as a “summit” on the rising cost of car insurance.
Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson wrote to the Prime Minister last month to encourage engagement with the profession but has spoken of his “disappointment that our offer to work with him and his Government in addressing public concerns over whiplash claims has been ignored.”
He added: “There are many options to address, from government, opposition, and others, which need proper consideration. Government should not be limiting itself to tea and cakes with one partisan set of stakeholders - the insurers.”
Following the meeting – reportedly attended by motor insurers including Royal Bank of Scotland, Admiral , Axa, Aviva, and Zurich Financial Services – the prime minister said he wanted to stop "trivial claims" and said insurers had promised to pass any savings on to consumers in return for Government action.
The meeting followed a recommendation last month by the Commons Transport Select Committee that the Government should bring forward primary legislation to require objective evidence - both of a whiplash injury and of it having a significant effect on the claimant's life - before compensation is paid.