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03 October 2016

PM announces crackdown on law firms that make vexatious claims against troops

Theresa May has announced a crackdown on 'no win no fee' law firms that 'impugn' the name of the army by making vexatious claims against members of the armed forces.

By Victoria Basham

Matthew Gibson

During a visit with Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, to meet members of the 1 Mercian regiment, the PM said that she wants to end the ‘industry’ of vexatious claims against the armed forces.

Her comments come amid mounting criticism of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat), which was set up to investigate allegations of murder, abuse and torture by British troops.

‘A national disgrace’

Former soldiers have claimed they have been hounded through the courts on unfounded claims and there are growing calls for Ihat to be shut down. MP Johnny Mercer, a member of the Defence Select Committee who is heading an investigation into Ihat, has described the legal pursuit of troops as ‘a national disgrace,’ while former PM Tony Blair commented that he did not think the process ‘should ever have been put in place.’

Ms May added that the government has taken action and she hopes that ‘we will be able to announce some further steps in the next few days.’

Source: The Telegraph

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