Ministers have been warned that banning personal injury referral fees will put thousands of jobs at risk and do nothing to reduce insurance premiums. Darren Werth, chairman of the Claims Standards Council, which represents claims management businesses, admitted he was shocked by the government’s announcement. Werth accused the insurance lobby of running a ‘propaganda campaign’ against the industry and warned that many people will be worried about their jobs following the ban. ‘I cannot understand any motivation for this other than a witch hunt and it has caught everyone totally unawares,’ he said. ‘There are roughly 3,500 claims management companies in this country with thousands of staff. You’re talking about a loss of revenue in corporation tax and VAT, not to mention potential unemployment for many. ‘Insurers are the real offenders here and as a result claims management companies and solicitors will suffer, with no benefit for the client – indeed premiums will probably rise.’ Werth stressed that just 14% of personal injury cases are filed as a result of a referral fee, with a far greater proportion of clients finding a solicitor through advertising or word of mouth. He said claims management companies usually receive around £200 for an average referral involving a name and contact details, with the charge only rising when the CMC carries out lengthy vetting work and background checks that save time for both the solicitor and insurer. ‘Referral fees are an effective way of marketing and why should the legal profession not be allowed to market their services? ‘One insurer in 2009 spent £182m on advertising but no-one is questioning that. There is no evidence that premiums will fall as a result of this and the worry is that it will push referral fees underground.’ He said the Claims Standards Council will now wait for more details on the ban, including how the government plans to define a referral fee and when the ban is likely to implemented.
OXFORD — Two of Ole Miss’ senior stars have a chance at winning national hardware.Cornerback Senquez Golson and quarterback Bo Wallace were named semifinalists for the Bednarik and Maxwell Awards, respectively, on Monday. There are 20 remaining semifinalists for each trophy, which go to the top defensive and offensive players in the country.Golson is second nationally with nine interceptions in as many games this season. He has at least one in Ole Miss’ last five games, including two against Tennessee. Golson made headlines when he intercepted a pass in the endzone to seal an upset of then-No. 3 Alabama on Oct. 4, but has continued to be a special talent for the Rebels (7-2, 4-2 SEC). Golson also has five passes broken up and 28 tackles.Wallace is also having a career year with 2,416 yards passing, a 63.5 percent completion rate and 20 touchdowns (to go with seven interceptions). He’s in the top-20 nationally in passer rating, and also has three touchdowns rushing. Wallace had maybe his best game of the season on Saturday in a loss to Auburn, completing 70 percent of his passes (28-of-40) for 341 yards and two touchdowns.NOV. 4 UPDATEAnother semifinalist inclusion for Wallace, who was named to the Davey O’Brien Award’s list of 16 remaining candidates.Here’s the rest of the remaining candidates:2014 Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalists:J.T. Barrett, Ohio StateTrevone Boykin, TCUShane Carden, East CarolinaRakeem Cato, MarshallConnor Cook, Michigan StateEverett Golson, Notre DameBrett Hundley, UCLAMarcus Mariota, OregonNick Marshall, AuburnBryce Petty, BaylorDak Prescott, Mississippi StateBlake Sims, AlabamaClint Trickett, West VirginiaBo Wallace, Ole MissJake Waters, Kansas StateJameis Winston, Florida State
By Paul SzmalDUNDEE, N.Y. (May 19) – Shawn Bruce won for the second time this season, in the Farmers Insurance/Marion Decker Agency IMCA Modified feature Friday at Outlaw Speedway.Brad Smith and Scott Sebring brought the field to the green for its 20-lap feature and Sebring grabbed the lead as Jake Karlnoski moved into second spot. Smith spun a lap later and on the restart Sebring maintained the lead as Glenn Whritenour and Bruce battled for third.Trouble struck on lap six and Bruce inherited second spot. He fought Sebring for the lead until Sebring slid high in turn four on lap 10, giving Bruce the top spot.Bruce pulled away from Rich Karlnoski at the finish to take his second IMCA Modified feature of the season, with Sebring third.
Archer is available after missing England’s series-levelling win at the same ground following a breach of coronavirus protocols.In a Daily Mail column published on Wednesday, the 25-year-old admitted to an error of judgement but said he had not “committed a crime”.He added some of the criticism he had faced on social media following the incident had been racist and he had reported the comments to the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board).“I need to be 100 percent mentally right so that I can throw myself into my cricket this week,” Archer wrote. “If I play and don’t bowl 90 miles an hour it’s going to be news.”Veteran England paceman James Anderson said skipper Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood would have to assess with Archer whether he was “in the right place to play”.There is certainly no denying the Barbados-born Archer’s talent.In eight Tests since his debut last year he has taken 33 wickets at an average of 28.12, with his tally already including three five-wicket hauls.But as they showed during their 113-run win in the second Test, England have plenty of pace bowling options, with Stuart Broad taking six wickets on his return to international duty.England have been rotating their seamers throughout a series that forms part of a gruelling schedule of six Tests, including three against Pakistan, in seven weeks.Veteran spearhead Anderson could now return on his Lancashire home ground, having been rested from the series-levelling win, as could Mark Wood.Meanwhile left-armer Jack Leach, who will turn the ball away from the tourists’ clutch of right-handed batsmen, may be recalled in place of fellow Somerset spinner Don Bess.– ‘Amazing Stokes’ –England’s Ben Stokes is now the top-ranked Test all-rounder. POOL/AFP/File/Jon SuperSomeone unlikely to be rested, barring injury, is Ben Stokes.The Durham star went to the top of the Test all-rounder rankings and number three in the batting charts with 176 and 78 not out, as well as taking three wickets, in the penultimate match of this series.“To have that talent in our team and to be able to watch it first-hand is amazing,” said Anderson.West Indies, the Wisden Trophy holders, remain in the hunt for their first Test series victory in England since 1988.“We’re constantly reminding them that they’ve got a chance to change something that hasn’t happened for 32 years,” said West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick, whose side won the first Test at Southampton by four wickets.‘Ready to go’ – West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick is confident fast bowler Shannon Gabriel will be fit to face England in the third Test. POOL/AFP/Mike HewittWhile England have rotated their seamers, the West Indies could field the same pace quartet of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph and captain Jason Holder for all three matches.Both Gabriel and Joseph left the field with minor injuries during the second Test but Estwick said: “Shannon was ready to go into the nets today (Wednesday) to have a bowl. The rain curtailed that but I think they’ll be fine.“I saw Kemar last night and he was looking fresh.”The West Indies also have the option of bringing in giant spinner Rahkeem Cornwall on a pitch expected to take turn.Batting, however, remains West Indies’ major problem in a series where they’ve yet to post an individual hundred, although several batsmen have shown their talent with attractive fifties.“It is disappointing,” said West Indies coach Phil Simmons, who could replace members of his misfiring top order with Joshua da Silva and Shayne Moseley.“Our batsmen need to make hundreds because our bowlers have been doing their jobs.”