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Resources: Fee sharing and referrals

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Ban on referral fees in personal injury cases

A ban on the payment of referral fees in personal injury cases was introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) on 1 April 2013.

Regulated persons should be able to determine from LASPO itself the arrangements which will be prohibited and the risks associated with entering into referral arrangements.

However, we have produced our own interpretation and analysis of the relevant provisions of LASPO and how these might affect various kinds of arrangements.

Guidance on the prohibition of referral fees in LASPO 2012, sections 56-60

Referral fees FAQs

Decision tree: Is my referral fee prohibited by LASPO 2012?


Ethics FAQs

Question of ethics

Topic-based ethics guidance


Rules and regulations in force before 6 October 2011