The 2006 Compensation Act is clear that “an apology, an offer of treatment or other redress, shall not itself amount to an admission of negligence or breach of statutory duty”. Nevertheless, some say the clause is not sufficiently clear to give lawyers confidence in advising their clients to follow this.
It is hard to see how a simple piece of business and consumer-friendly legislation to do this (with no costs to the taxpayer) could do anything but good, meet approval from opposition parties and reflect well on any government.
Nevertheless, the Secretaries of State for Justice and for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have both said that they do not consider it a priority.
Here are copies of our correspondence.
Reply from Ministry of Justice (18 July 2017)
Letter to new Secretary of State for Justice (23 Jun 2017)
Reply from DBEIS (4 April 2017)
Letter to Secretaries of State for Justice and business (3 April 2017)
Letter to Secretaries of State for Justice and business (2 February 2017)