Pannone has signed up St Johns Buildings to handle commodity litigation work stemming from its white-label arm Affinity Solutions.
The organisation chose the Manchester set as its referral partner after speaking with a number of chambers and will send all its low-value insurance litigation work to the set. In exchange St Johns will provide the firm’s lawyers with training and join in pitches to bulk-work providers.
Pannone will still use 1 Chancery Lane for travel litigation, however.
“St Johns is a forward-thinking set,” said Andrew Morton, head of Affinity as well as the firm’s holiday accident and travel team. “We did talk to one or two other sets, but we found St Johns to be much more commercial; and also they have the necessary size.”
Earlier this year St Johns merged with Liverpool’s India Buildings Chambers and has agreed to combine with Sheffield’s Paradise Chambers by December, creating the largest set in the country (The Lawyer, 17 October).
Affinity was established on 1 May (The Lawyer, 21 April) and partners with companies to offer their customers own-label legal services.