Bond Pearce in clinical negligence expansion” />Bond Pearce has launched a claimant clinical negligence practice in Bristol as it continues to expand its insurance defence offering.
The firm is pinning its hopes on winning referrals from local firms and has instituted referral fees as a sweetener.
Maria Voisin, who established Bond Pearce’s claimant clinical negligence practice in Plymouth, has relocated to Bristol as part of the push. Voisin will continue in her role as assistant deputy coroner for Plymouth after last year becoming the first woman appointed to the post.
The firm has also hired a former lawyer from Browne Jacobson in Birmingham to assist the growth of the practice.
“There’s an opportunity for us in developing Bristol as a market,” said Voisin.
Bond Pearce managing partner Simon Richardson denied that the firm’s claimant practice created conflicts with its longstanding insurance arm.
“[Clinical negligence] is something the firm has been doing for a number of years,” said Richardson. “We keep a careful eye out for conflict issues and deal with them as they arise.”
Earlier this year, Bond Pearce took an extra 4,400sq ft of space next to its Bristol Bridge House premises to accommodate its growing insurance division.
The moves come amid the firm’s continuing expansion into the South West Peninsula. Bond Pearce opened in Bristol in 1998 with one partner, later merging with 11-partner Bristol firm Cartwrights in May 2001. The firm estimates that the 28-lawyer Bristol office will this year turn over in excess of £1.5m.
Bond Pearce also has offices in Exeter, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as a four-lawyer London office servicing the Lloyd’s insurance market.