"Osborne Clark Solicitors only receive claims that have PASSED some sort of SCRUTINY from the PI (Dux etc)/ third party (BBC, NHS, etc) solicitors”
Having been asked to comment on several signed witness statements supposedly so checked, I would advise you (or the solicitors) against assuming this. The impression I have got is that absolutely no checks are done whatsoever except the most desperately obvious, and often not even then. AFAICS all they do is simply write down whatever they are told, re-arrange it into the appropriate format and get them to sign it. (This is not Dux, but one of the several similar scammers). They seem to be often cut and paste jobs.
There are frequently things that are not a matter of opinion, interpretation, or belief - there are things that are either impossible, or utterly improbable.
The one thing that is true, confirmed to me by a solicitor with many years experience of this stuff, is that these people, for all their public shouting about how much they care, are bone idle, and incompetent. They ignore judges guidelines, don’t bother to do anything etc.
The reason they get away with it is because often the ‘defending’ solicitors are equally lazy. It is (IME) almost often two sets of solicitors not trying too hard, not picking up obvious things. the solicitors almost have an arrangement not to push each other too hard, it is really just a negotiation about how much money should be paid out rather than whether the claimants claims are remotely credible.
Anyone working for the trust must check that their solicitors are fighting hard, making the likes of Dux’s job difficult. It is very easy, IMO, for them to get into a position where they are just both running up bills ‘checking’. I have read things and said - look this is actually impossible, this is utterly implausible.
There are two reasons for this ; firstly under pressure they fall apart, make really simple errors. Secondly, because they are basically lazy, and claimant whose case is ‘too difficult’ is just abandoned. The compo solicitors basically rely on no-one bothering too much, and when they are pushed they can collapse in a heap.