15 Mar Dodgy Solicitors Roberts Jackson Chasing The Cannabis Ambulance

The rise in ambulance chasing solicitors has to be one of the most destructive, morally repugnant, despicable trends in British society. These people who hold themselves up as an example of honour and integrity are often exactly the opposite. Claims for damages for whiplash have reached record levels in Britain as unscrupulous solicitors have encouraged clients to present dubious evidence to secure insurance payouts which result in massive premium increases for the rest of us.

Roberts Jackson, a firm of solicitors from Wilmslow, Cheshire, has taken this practice to new heights of dishonesty with its ridiculous idea of claiming for health problems related to cannabis.

The story appeared in a blatant advertorial in the Manchester Evening News.

I have made a complaint to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

—– Original Message —–
From: Peter Reynolds
To: [email protected]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 6:55 PM
Subject: Complaint concerning Roberts Jackson Solicitors

Dear Sirs,

I wish to make a complaint concerning the above firm of solicitors.

I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the Leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), a registered UK political party, of P.O.Box 674, Salfords, Redhill, RH1 9BN. For the purposes of correspondence, please use my personal address as below.

An article was published in the Manchester Evening News today, 15th March 2012, headlined “Law firm Roberts Jackson predicts ‘cannabis claims'”. It is still available online: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/business/professionals/s/1488299_law-firm-roberts-jackson-predicts-cannabis-claims

The same article is also published on the Roberts Jackson website: http://www.robertsjacksonclaims.co.uk/news-article.aspx

The article says that Roberts Jackson “…is predicting a rise in claims from people exposed to cannabis in their working environment…already represents clients who have been exposed to a hazardous substance found in the class B drug. Called tetrahydrocannabinol, it is known to cause a number of health problems, including nasal and congestion conditions.”

These claims about cannabis are false. There is no truth in them whatsoever. They are a deception, constructed in order to solicit false claims for damages. They amount to a clear intent to defraud insurance companies. As such, the partners in Roberts Jackson are guilty of gross professional misconduct and their practising certificates should be withdrawn. They bring the whole of the legal profession into disrepute.

This is an example of the very worst kind of “ambulance chasing”. Not only is it an exploitative and dishonest attempt to gain financial reward but there is no medical or scientific evidence on which such claims could be based.

It is inaccurate and misleading to describe cannabis or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as “hazardous”. The scientific measure of toxicity, the “therapeutic ratio” of cannabis is between 1:20000 to 1:40000. In comparison, the therapeutic ratio of alcohol is 1:20, of paracetamol 1:30.

THC is the principal psychoactive ingredient of cannabis although only one of more than 400 compounds present in the plant. There is no evidence at all that THC causes any health problems, particularly not “nasal and congestion conditions”. On the contrary, THC is a therapeutic agent and cannabis acts as a bronchodilator, alleviating congestion problems.

I would be grateful if you would deal with this complaint at your earliest convenience. It is, of course, for Roberts Jackson to provide any scientific evidence in support of its claims. I will be happy to provide any further information required.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Reynolds