London based law firm Hodge, Jones and Allen have called for an end to cold calling for personal injury claims to restore faith in the industry.
PR-Inside.com: 2016-03-09 11:35:25
Hodge Jones and Allen - themselves a personal injury law firm based in London have been campaigning for an end to cold calling by claims management companies. They rightly believe that the only way to restore public faith in the industry and to protect us all from fraudulent claims is to clamp down on the companies at the heart of the cold calling industry which plagues so many of us. Although it may seem odd that the very people who benefit from the industry want to see crack downs it's a story that's echoed across the board.
Last year alone there were more than 175,000 complaints made to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) about unwanted cold calls and text messages with one company National Advice Centre making over 6 million nuisance calls in a six month period.
This was echoed yesterday at the Motor Insurance Summit, the chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Deborah Evans, told delegates that an end to cold calling was essential in re-establishing integrity to the marketplace and safeguarding against fraudulent claims.
'The practice of cold calling by claims management companies is widely hated by the man on the street. To put an end to it could restore some credibility and respect and, stop the dishonest and impressionable few from thinking it is standard practice to make a claim for an injury they do not have,' she said
Hodge Jones and Allen ( hja.net
) were amongst the first to sign up to the Ethical Marketing Charter, pledging never to cold call, text or email, engage in the unethical buying of accident data, nor use misleading advertising. A spokesperson for the firm said “People who suffer injury due to another’s negligence are often in a vulnerable state, as they seek answers and justice. Helping to promote ethical and professional marketing, with the aim of protecting consumers against nuisance and misleading advertising, is important to us.”
Hodge Jones and Allen
Hodge Jones and Allen employs over 220 staff, based in Euston NW1. The firm’s team of specialists deal with Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Industrial Disease, Civil Liberties, Criminal Defence, Court of Protection, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family Law, Military Claims, Serious Fraud, Social Housing, Wills & Probate and Property Disputes.
Recognised as a Tier 1 firm across a number of disciplines by Chambers UK
Named as a leading firm by The Legal 500
Listed as number 137 in the Lawyer UK 200
Shortlisted for firm/not for profit agency by Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2014
Shortlisted for law firm of the year by Halsbury Legal Awards 2014