The Law Society-sponsored working party on standards in accident compensation has announced plans to convene regularly after the inaugural meeting was described as "very useful".

At the first meeting of the working party, which took place last week, representatives from three proposed industry bodies - the Institute of Claims Management, the Personal Injury Federation and the Personal Injury Association - explained their plans for industry standards.

A Law Society spokesman said: "It was a useful meeting. It was agreed that the working party should continue to meet and identify the areas where it would be good to draw up common standards for approaches to consumers, so that the consumer has proper protection at every stage of a claim.

"Two proposed bodies - the Institute of Claims Management and the Personal Injury Federation feel there is scope to combine their plans and are going to meet to discuss that."

He said the Law Society had facilitated the working party to "encourage high standards among everyone who is involved in helping someone to make a valid claim for compensation."