I must tread carefully here because, as a rough rule of thumb, I try to avoid mixing it with lawyers. Even more, as a born-again wimp, I would not to wish to cross swords with the ultra fierce, Ms. Anna Raccoon, a former lawyer herself. Happily, on this occasion I can sit back and enjoy her (barely disguised) enjoyment of the apparent fact that some very big lawyer outfits are about to receive a mighty kick in the SRA, er, that's the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the body that runs the 'rules 'n' regs' for solicitors.
Apparently there has been a change in the law such that, if 'Mr. A' makes a claim against a company, say, 'B&C Ltd', on the grounds that he suffered injuries because of their incompetence and/or carelessness and during the course of the trial it becomes clear that 'Mr. A' is lying through his teeth probably because he had been tempted by all those personal injury ads on the 'telly', then henceforth the costs involved in that lost court case will not only be laid against 'Mr. A' but also against his lawyers, such as the famous 'Messrs. Sue, Grabbit & Runne'.
So far so good but Ms. Raccoon saves the best for last. Apparently, that very distinguished and, of course, highly proper firm of lawyers, Slater & Gordon, who are leaders in the field of personal injury claims, recently paid a fairly massive wedge to a Mr. Rob Terry for his legal company called Quindell which had fallen on difficult times. It now transpires that thousands of the cases they paid good money for were personal injury claims so one must hope and pray, along with the partners of Slater & Gordon, that all those claimants are true-blue, truth-tellers whose stories will stand up in court.
I should add, without even a hint of a snigger, that Slater & Gordon are an Australian firm of lawyers, one of whose partners was the delicious and delightful, if incomprehensible, former prime minister, Ms. Julia Gillard. Yeeeeeees, quite!