The Prime Minister has ordered a crackdown on abuse by lawyers pursuing spurious claims against British soldiers.
It is clear that there is now an industry trying to profit from spurious claims lodged against our brave servicemen and women. This is unacceptable and no way to treat the people who risk their lives to keep our country safe – it has got to end.
The National Security Council will produce a comprehensive plan to stamp out this industry, including proposals to clamp down on no win, no fee schemes used by law firms, speeding up the planned legal aid residence test, and strengthening investigative powers and penalties against firms found to be abusing the system. We will also take firm action against any firms found to have abused the system in the past to pursue fabricated claims.
Our armed forces are rightly held to the highest standards, but our troops must know that when they get home from action overseas this Government will protect them from being hounded by lawyers over claims that are totally without foundation