House of Lords defeats conditional fee proposals

The saga concerning the government’s plans to alter the availability of conditional fee agreements [more commonly known as “no win no fee“] drags on. In particular, the House of Lords have now given the government a series of bloody noses – the three latest defeats of government proposals means that the government has actually lost nine votes so far. With regard to personal injury work, the critical change was that, unless this latest defeat should be overturned in House of Commons, those suffering from mesothelioma, and respiratory or other industrial disease, which has resulted from their employers’ negligence, will be excluded from the planned reforms to the no win no fee claim system.