"I find it hard to accept that a responsible Government would react in such an irrational and indiscriminate way to a legitimate legal challenge. I can only hope that the reports are unfounded, as such a move would amount to a side-swipe at injured people as punishment for an attempt to exercise our democratic right to scrutinise our Government, which is a fundamental part of the rule of law."Karl also used his address to take the Government to task over another of its "rushed and dangerous" reforms, namely those proposed in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. "A late amendment was brought forward without any consultation, which seeks to change the law, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 relating to compensation for accidents at work, by removing civil liability for breach of regulations," he said. "That effectively takes the legal position back to how it was at the end of the 19th century."
Legal Costs Must Not Be Cut At The Expense Of Access To Justice
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