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Master of the rolls speaks out on misconception of compensation culture


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Lord Dyson, Master of the rolls and the second most senior judge in England and Wales has urged the ‘government, courts and legal profession’ to address some of the media-created notions of a ‘compensation culture’ in order to educate the public.

He made the comments while giving a lecture, adding that there had been no developments in the law that he felt were encouraging a compensation culture. Lord Dyson furthermore dismissed the idea that the UK is developing a ‘rampant litigation culture’ like that in America, but said that while the media were not helping to overcome this perception, they were creating a false impression of a claims culture.

He said: ‘I doubt very much whether we are likely to see – in the medium term at least – any reduction in news stories expressing concern about our compensation culture. It is something of a mystery to me why the media find the compensation culture such a fascinating subject…All of this may also require a substantive educative effort on the part of government, the courts and the legal profession to counteract the media-created perception that we are in the grips of a compensation culture.

It may also require greater public legal education. Given the possible benefits to society of reducing the perceived need for businesses, local and central government and so on to engage in unnecessarily defensive practices, it is to be hoped that this educative effort will pay for itself.’

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-05-01 09:05:10 in Legal Articles

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