Queensland Law Society

Queensland Governments plan to eliminate claim farming welcome but not timely

QLS has welcomed news that the State Government would introduce legislation in 2019 to stamp out claim farming in the state, after agitating for a change over several years.

Society president Ken Taylor said that although the news was welcome, the timing was not ideal.

“We have been pushing for the elimination of claim farming for some time,” Mr Taylor said.

“Action by the Queensland Government is indeed welcome, however, we wish this action would come sooner.

“We have been working with the government and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) on legislative reform, making submissions back in 2016.

“These practices are against the public interest and we urge the government to consider making their move earlier than planned.”

Mr Taylor explained that claim farming could be directly or through a consultancy model, and was a stain on the legal profession.

“There are two key goals when dealing with claim farming: to protect the public and to maintain the ethical standards of our practitioners,” he said.

“It is paramount that Queensland solicitors remain above reproach and are trusted by the public.

“We have been actively alerting our members to the dangers and consequences of claim farming and encouraging the public to always speak directly to a solicitor when making or investigating a claim.

“We are pleased to hear that the government will work with stakeholders – including MAIC – to roll out more awareness in this space, but we had hoped to see a more expedited approach to such a key issue.

“As always, we stand ready to engage with the government and we have a plethora of experts in this space who can assist in speeding up the process.”