Mediation is the key component in the battle to bring down legal costs in  personal injury claims.

That is the view of Inter Resolve’s founding director Peter Ashdown-Barr, who  has been among the first from the injury claims mediating community to offer a  response to the  Prime Minister’s six point plan outlined in yesterday’s motor premium  summit.

Commenting on David Cameron’s pledge to reduce legal costs by working  alongside insurers to reduce red tape and pass savings on to consumers,  Ashdown-Barr claims the answer to slashing costs is through mediation.

He said: “One of the main focuses of Cameron’s Insurance Summit was reducing  legal costs in personal injury claims. It is the drivers who ultimately end up  bearing the brunt of these costs through their premiums. The Summit overlooked  the fact that this is already a solution to this issue – one which is already  stipulated by the courts under the civil procedure roles and yet often  overlooked – that of mediation.

“In family disputes the courts encourage and even enforce mediation as a  primary method of resolution. The Government needs to do the same with small  undisputed motor claims, and understand that by encouraging the industry to use  mediation as an alternative solution will be a positive step forward.”

What is more, the Inter Resolve boss states that the practice of mediation is  already favoured by the vast majority of non-fault drivers involved in small  undisputed motor claims.

He added: “We have found that, in the matter of small undisputed motor  claims, 95% of non-fault drivers will choose this method over seeking the legal  solution – when they are given the choice to do so. The industry has to accept  that lawyers are not always automatically required in processing undisputed  motor claims – and processing claims this way is ultimately harming consumer  premiums and the industry as a whole. ”

Peter Ashdown-Barr, Founder Director InterResolve

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