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Jackson LJ approved an amendment to CPR 3.8 (following on from the case of Hallam) to allow parties to agree a short time extension of up to 28 days.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors has represented two people who suffered injuries as a result of tripping in a sunken drain that had been left in an unsafe condition for nine months.
Personal injury bulletin: liability download
The claimant in Rainford v Lawrenson was walking with her sister from her home to a bus stop on the A588 to catch a bus to school when she was knocked over by a car.
The Court of Appeal has recently handed down its judgment in a series of appeals arising out of applications for relief from sanctions.
This bulletin assesses numerous cases, including Collins v (1) Secretary of State for BIS (2) Stena Lane Irish Sea Ferries Ltd and Ahktar v Boland.
Two former Pannone personal injury big-hitters have become the latest to break the three-year lock in to leave Slater & Gordon, moving to ABS rival Irwin Mitchell.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors has once again been recognised for meeting high standards of legal practice in personal injury and medical negligence.
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One area of our expertise lies in CICA criminal injuries where we offer assistance to victims of crime.
We have a focused team specialising in holiday claims — whether it is holiday illness or something more serious such as an accident.
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Neil Hudgell Solicitors has a dedicated serious injury team with special expertise in dealing with injuries to the spine, brain and head and, in certain cases, fatal injuries.
As part of a drive to reduce the number of road traffic accidents, traffic calming measures have been introduced in abundance throughout the UK.
Our personal injury team is led by a number of senior team leaders who have competently concluded numerous complex cases.
No5 Chambers’ Nageena Khalique has appeared in the Court of Appeal to represent a protected party who lacked the capacity to make a decision about amputation.
Wagenaar v Weekend Travel Ltd and Serradj highlights the importance of costs consideration for defendants in personal injury claims.
MoL managers have discretion as to whether to send out an inspector when an employer calls after-hours about a workplace accident, a recent decision suggests.
Irwin Mitchell grew revenue by 1.2 per cent from £200.3m to £202.7m and saw profit before tax drop by 8.5 per cent from £18.7m to £17.1m last year, according to audited figures.
Slater & Gordon’s UK revenues have smashed through the £100m barrier, with an 119 per cent increase in turnover from £46.1m to £101m (A$182.5m) for the 2013/14 financial year.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), ‘asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK’.
Laura Thompson, a solicitor at IBB Solicitors, has discussed wilful neglect or mistreatment issues for health workers.
Compensation for abestosis and mesothelioma: government criticised over mesothelioma review download
The Justice Select Committee has criticised the government for its approach to compensation for asbestos sufferers.
Parabis has begun a consultation affecting some 41 staff over the future of its Bristol and Colchester offices.
Blake Morgan has launched a spin off of its personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers into a new brand BL Claims Solicitors.
It may come as a surprise that something like 300,000 people each year enter our hospitals having suffered a traumatic head or brain injury.
A new Ontario Bill will make employers liable for the WSIB costs of injured agency employees working for them.
In Chandler v Cape, it was held that a parent company owed a direct duty of care to an employee of a subsidiary who contracted asbestosis.
Alan Jolliffe, personal injury solicitor at IBB Solicitors, has discussed the Mesothelioma Act 2014 in the The Personal Injury Brief Update.
Cheshire-based industrial disease specialists Roberts Jackson has received a £15m cash injection from private equity firm NorthEdge Capital.
Justice secretary Chris Grayling will hear his new Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill 2014–5 debated in the House of Commons on 21 July 2014.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors has won €1.75m for engineer Hendrik Donkers, who lost two limbs in an accident that took place as he went to service a tyre below an aircraft’s nose.
Kings Chambers has welcomed Richard Borrett as a full member of Chambers. Called in 2009, he joins from 3 Paper Buildings.
In Moore v Getahun, the plaintiff suffered a wrist injury in a motorcycle accident and claimed medical negligence against the treating doctor.
Understanding serious brain injury download
At any time, as those who have suffered a serious injury to the brain or have been close to someone who has will know, your life can be turned upside down in less than a fated second.
Scarcely a day goes by without there being a report of someone being cyber bullied. Incidences are not limited to celebrities but can, and do, affect anyone and everyone.
Society would probably like to think that children are given priority over all other members of society. Unfortunately that is not the case.
On 14 June, two of Kings Chambers’ clinical negligence practitioners, Helen Mulholland and Claire Steward, swam in the waters of Windermere to raise money for the Child Brain Injury Trust.
AIM-listed consumer financial services business Fairpoint Group has stated its commitment to expanding Simpson Millar after it completed its acquisition of the firm earlier this week for an £8m consideration.
Members of Kings Chambers are taking part in the Great North Swim this weekend. The swim is one mile long and takes place in Lake Windermere.
Slater & Gordon (S&G) has confirmed a UK management re-jig and taken on 105,000 sq ft of office space in Manchester.
Malcolm Underhill, personal injury solicitor and accredited brain injury specialist, speaks to Jane Clarke, chair of Headway, a brain injury charity.
Anna West, personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discusses how to make a personal injury and medical negligence claim.
Anna West, personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discusses hate crimes against vulnerable adults.
Alison Wright, senior litigation executive in IBB’s personal injury and clinical negligence team, discusses ‘conditional fee agreements’ to fund personal injury claims.
In this video, Malcolm Underhill, partner at IBB Solicitors and accredited brain injury lawyer, discusses brain injury claims and compensation.
Malcolm Underhill, partner and brain injury solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discusses the possible symptoms and consequences of traumatic head and brain injury.
Alan Jolliffe, who is based in the personal injury and clinical negligence department at IBB Solicitors, discusses noise-induced hearing loss.
Gerard McDermott QC was presented with the award of ‘Excellence in Legal Care’ at the SIA’s ‘Rebuilding Lives After Spinal Cord Injury’ awards.
In this video, Alan Jolliffe, senior litigation executive — personal injury and clinical negligence at IBB Solicitors, focuses on mesothelioma.
An employer’s assertion that ‘everyone just knew’ the safety rules was not a defence to charges under the OHSA, an Ontario court has held.
A teenager who has suffered severe brain damage as a result of her mother drinking alcohol while she was in the womb has been awarded £500,000 in criminal injuries compensation.
There are groups who appear to consider the compensation principle is being exploited, to the extent that Britain has a ‘compensation culture’.
Third Circuit concludes personal injury causes of action against a successor to debtor’s business are generalised claims download
Personal injury claims of individuals allegedly harmed by a bankrupt debtor’s products cannot be asserted against a pre-petition purchaser of the debtor’s assets.
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Irwin Mitchell has announced the promotion of 10 lawyers to partner, a slight drop on last year’s record promotions round of 14.
The question of where a non-delegable duty of care occurs has been addressed in the recent case of Woodland v Essex County Council.
Ian Bridge of No5 Chambers, instructed by Shakespeares, has defended a major supplier of sand and aggregates based in the south east.
Philip Williams from No5 Chambers, instructed by Jacqui Kendall at Plexus Law, has represented the Dover Roman Painted House Trust in a damages case.
Warren Collins, a personal injury practitioner and former head of Simpson Millar’s catastrophic injury team, has joined the Penningtons Manches personal injury team.
Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn have finally decided that three’s a crowd and, after months of flirting with Boyes Turner, gone ahead with a traditional two-way merger.
Penningtons Manches is regarded as one of the leading specialist personal injury advisers in the UK, especially for serious injury claims involving brain and spinal injuries.
Our dedicated and highly experienced team of lawyers can help you pursue a claim at no financial risk to you wherever you are in the world.
Our specialist team has established a reputation for advising and assisting on a range of issues relating to personal injury trusts, capacity and deputyships.
Private swimming pools by-laws download
The City of Johannesburg has published the fourth draft Safety Measures for Private Swimming Pools By-laws for public comment.
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The travel law team specialises in providing fast, innovative and effective solutions for travel industry clients in this complex and ever-changing area of law.
Irwin Mitchell has expanded its new IP practice with the hire of IP lawyer Katrina Burchell and is planning on doubling in size over the next year by taking a personal injury volume approach to the IP market.
At IBB Solicitors, our team of personal injury and clinical negligence solicitors are here to give you the help, advice and support you need.
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has settled a 20-year pay-out fight and agreed to pay a seven-figure settlement compensating Nathalie Sugden.
Anthony Collins Solicitors has secured £195,000 for a client who suffered spinal injury following surgery.
The court has emphasised the onus on a plaintiff to ensure their case is progressed expeditiously and the need to balance that obligation with the European Convention on Human Rights.
Manchester-based Linder Myers has avoided administration through a debt restructuring deal including investment from Assure Law director Tony Stockdale, who has become chief executive.
Blake Lapthorn is set to merge with Morgan Cole on 1 July 2014 to create a firm with a combined turnover of £72m.
No5 Chambers is sponsoring this year’s Child Brain Injury Trust Conference and Exhibition, which is due to take place on 26 March in Manchester.
Barrister Adam Farrer from No5 Chambers has acted for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) in two catastrophic brain injury cases.
No duty of care to passers-by download
For a duty of care to be established in a personal injury claim, foreseeability of harm on its own is not enough; proximity between the parties is also required.
Attorneys He Haojun and Xu Pengwei from Dacheng’s Kunming office have argued that damages for psychological injury should still apply in breach-of-contract cases.
Penningtons Manches has secured a favourable judgment for a British family following a High Court trial to determine who was responsible for a fatal road traffic accident in Portugal in 2010.
The New York Court of Appeals, in K2 Investment Group, LLC v American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company, has vacated its own prior decision.
Private rights, public wrongs: Trafford v Blackpool Borough Council — the public law control of contractual discretion download
This case is a reminder that while local authorities have the power to do ‘anything that individuals generally may do’, this does not mean they are free to make decisions as individuals might.
Outer Temple Chambers has achieved a payout of more than £500,000 in the case of Ceri Leigh v The London Ambulance Service.
The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the long-running case of Woodland v Essex County Council and in the process rewrote the common law.
The Brussels Regulation sets out a system that allocates jurisdiction to the courts of EU member states.
Australian-listed Slater & Gordon has confirmed the completion of its merger with Manchester-based Pannone with an announcement on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) this morning.
Rankeshwar Batta, Ann Houghton, Alexandra Loxton and Rose Klemperer have all been shortlisted in recognition of their work in the legal sector.
ABS Minster Law posted a £599,000 loss in 2012/13 after being swallowed up by price comparison site comparethemarket.com owner BGL in May 2013.
Irwin Mitchell is due to open its ninth UK office in Southampton on 7 April.
The regions might stand shoulder-to-shoulder with London on criminal justice issues but there is everything to fight for when it comes to commercial work
Leigh Day is to open an office in Manchester so that it can provide legal support to members of the British Cycling and the British Triathlon Federation.
Western Australia’s workers’ compensation scheme commenced operation in 1981.
Health and safety: FAQs download
Shoosmiths partner and regulatory specialist Ron Reid answers questions on health and safety received from more than 1,200 viewers.
London’s mayor is all bluster but produces little action for fellow cyclists, says the lawyer in the capital who several weeks ago forced prosecutors to drop a fixed-penalty fine in a landmark decision.
Bolton-headquartered insurance firm Keoghs has put 41 staff at risk of redundancy following a restructuring of its counter-fraud team.
Acquisitive personal injury firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors has bought the personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence practices of two regional firms in separate deals valued at £1m.
The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has handed down judgment on two appeal cases brought by companies contesting the level of fines each received.
Two recent solicitors’ claims deal with the consequences of clients failing to read documents.
Slater & Gordon UK chief executive Neil Kinsella has set the firm a 12-month target to fully integrate its merger with Pannone after the deal is complete.
Southport-based Barnetts Solicitors has sold the business off to four separate buyers having appointed administrators on Tuesday (21 January).
A recent decision from an appellate court in Pennsylvania is good news for policyholders who manufacture products.
Allianz Insurance has appointed DAC Beachcroft, Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM), DWF and Keoghs to its claims legal panel for England and Wales.
The top of equity has plummeted from £278,000 to £162,000 at Morgan Cole with the top earner taking home 40 per cent less than last year, according to the firm’s latest LLP accounts.
Building on its experience and reputation in criminal cases, Three Raymond Buildings is regarded as a leading set in health and safety and fire safety work.
Following Prof Löfstedt’s review of health and safety legislation in the UK, a number of changes were introduced to address some of the concerns that had been identified.
Michael Rawlinson QC of Kings Chambers was instructed to admit breach of duty but deny causation on a novel basis in A v Avalon Solicitors.
Pannone has put more than 100 people on notice of redundancy since the firm agreed to press ahead with a tie-up with Australian-listed Slater & Gordon.
The Chambers UK Bar Guide has ranked No5 Chambers in 15 practice areas.
The EAT has held that an employee’s self-diagnosis is not necessarily conclusive.
Personal injury specialist Neil Hudgell Solicitors has opened a London office, having purchased collapsed litigation boutique Harris Cartier’s book of personal injury work.
Chadwick Lawrence has become the latest outfit to sell off its personal injury (PI) book, with the firm offloading the business to Slater & Gordon.
Slater & Gordon has confirmed to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) that a sale agreement for £33m has been made with Pannone.
Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has confirmed that it is in tie-up talks with Pannone following months of silence from the firm about the top-level discussions.
Pannone has delayed a partner vote on its proposed merger with Slater & Gordon for a second time.
Follett Stock’s 30 remaining staff were made redundant at midday on Monday (4 November) when the firm was liquidated at a High Court hearing.
The AA has become the latest high-street company to be granted an ABS licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after launching a joint venture with Bristol-based Lyons Davidson.
Freddie Humphreys has joined Kings Chambers’ planning and public law team.
Machine safety download
There are dozens of deaths and more than 40,000 injuries each year related to the use of machines.
Slater & Gordon is to take over niche industrial disease firm John Pickering and Partners, the Australian firm’s fourth acquisition since August.
Slater & Gordon’s planned takeover of Pannone has hit delays with the firm forced to allay individual concerns before any acquisition can go ahead.
DWF has picked up an 11-partner team from Greenwoods following its decision to merge with defendant insurance firm Plexus Law in May 2013.
Outer Temple Chambers is supporting Headway East London by hosting an exhibition of artwork created by survivors of brain injury.
Those firms for whom personal injury is no longer viable should not wait to put a get-out plan in place
Outer Temple has been named Chambers of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2013.
Three new trainee solicitors have been taken on at law firm Sintons as part of its commitment to supporting aspiring legal talent in the region.
Trainee quadriplegic lawyer Matt King, who was awarded an OBE for services to disability and charity in 2012, is challenging London Marathon organisers over their refusal to allow him entry to the 2013 event because he needs to use a motorised vehicle.
Manchester firm Express Solicitors has increased its turnover from £5.3m in 2011/12 to £7.2m in 2012/13.
The No5 Chambers personal injury group has over 60 members, includes four silks and works with its own team of highly experienced clerks.
Outer Temple’s personal injury and clinical negligence teams and David Westcott QC have been shortlisted in the newly launched Legal 500 UK Awards.
Dr Simon Fox, a member of No5 Chambers’ clinical negligence and personal injury groups, has been shortlisted for barrister of the year at the Bristol Law Society’s 2013 Awards.
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Charles Crow considers how claimants can move their cases between the tribunal and the court without getting caught by the doctrine of estoppel.
An employer’s failure to allow an employee to have his appeal against the rejection of a grievance dealt with by a different manager could amount to a breach of the implied duty of trust and confidence.
Anna Macey has joined Kings Chambers’ employment and personal injury team.
The personal injury practice group stands out for the growth in its numbers of members, amount of work done and its overall profile.
Two recent cases focus on the court’s discretion to disapply the Limitation Act 1980 and allow a claim to proceed that would otherwise be time barred.
Slater & Gordon is circling Manchester-based Pannone with the intention of making the firm’s consumer business its next strategic acquisition.
Slater & Gordon has spent £1m with M&C Saatchi on an TV advertising campaign that comprises of three advertisements to be aired at both peak and off-peak slots.
Slater & Gordon sets out to become the biggest name in UK consumer law
Personal injury (PI) firm Winn has attracted investment from two high-profile investment companies, with JZ International (JZI) and Souter Investments taking a 60 per cent stake in the outfit.
Outer Temple Chambers has received three nominations in the 2013 UK Bar Awards.
Slater & Gordon has topped off a month of merger activity with the completion of a move into the Liverpool market through a tie-up with personal injury firm Goodmans Law.
Accident claims company Helphire Group has given its backing to a barrister-led alternative business structure specialising in road traffic accidents (RTA).
Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has announced a 10 per cent increase in UK turnover and the acquisition of UK personal injury practice, Fentons.
Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has finalised its acquisition of Taylor Vinters’ Cambridge-based personal injury and Court of Protection practice.
US consumer firm Jacoby & Meyers has enlisted the help of private equity boutique MJ Hudson to move into the UK market, with plans to acquire similar firms in the UK and Europe under an ABS banner.
Mrs Williams has a potential claim against two separate parties: Great Crest Care Home and Spotless Floors.
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Newly-listed Australian personal injury firm Shine Lawyers has set plans to expand into UK through acquisition, following in the footsteps of its listed rival Slater & Gordon.
JMW has parted company with eight of its 12 secretaries in its personal injury (PI) department, citing challenges caused by the Jackson reforms as a reason for the cuts.
Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon is to bulk up its UK presence with the acquisition of Simpson Millar, Goodmans Law and the personal injury practice of Taylor Vinters.
Hogan Lovells has secured a victory in the Supreme Court on behalf of its client, US Airways, in US Airways v McCutchen.
Firms cannot automatically be held liable for costs when they have funded a claimant’s disbursements in a failed claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has expanded its partnership after promoting 17 associates, with the majority of the promotions made in London.
King & Wood Mallesons comments on a case where an indemnity agreement for a work-related injury was revoked for obvious unfairness.
Jeff Winn’s extraordinary journey from small-town solicitor to £10m-a-year road accident law mogul is proof that entrepreneurialism pays
It is not every year that you make history in your firm, but 2012 has been significant for both Alison Eddy (scroll down for video interview) and Irwin Mitchell.
Like a handful of her peers, Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC chose the bar because a man told her it was no place for a woman.
Gregory Shields (scroll down for video interview) showed off his taste for trying out the new as far back as 2007, when he led the first pure management buyout of a law firm in the UK.
Forster Dean has confirmed that more than a dozen lawyers and staff have left the firm following a redundancy consultation.
Personal injury and conveyancing firm Forster Dean has announced a redundancy consultation with up to 13 jobs under threat.
Irwin Mitchell has turned to AIM-listed airline and logistics company Dart Group for the hire of its new chief financial officer.
Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer, one of the first to announce a conversion to an ABS, has unveiled plans to create 300 new positions over the next 12 months.
A new legal franchise aimed at rivalling QualitySolicitors has been launched, with plans to attract 50 high street firms to team up with local corner shops to market their services.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has handed a victory to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) after it ruled that only conditional fee agreements (CFA) entered into after 1 April 2013 will benefit from a 10 per cent rise in damages.
Have you suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault? Well, tough, because the case is too risky to take on.
North West personal injury firm Edwards Hoyle has revealed its most bizarre personal injury claims from the last year.
Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer is set to become the first law firm to be acquired by a listed company after Quindell Portfolio announced it had agreed to pay almost £20m for the firm.
A new personal injury law firm that will shun referral fees has been launched in the wake of the Government’s plan to ban the controversial payments.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to expand rapidly the number of consumer products promoted through Claims Direct to compete with the arrival of alternative business structures (ABS) in the consumer markets.
Firms should be forced to disclose to clients when referral fees have been paid for cases, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has concluded.
The future of Pannone’s longstanding relationship with the Co-operative is in doubt as the mutual retailer prepares to ramp up its legal services division later this year.
Irwin Mitchell is to open an office in Bristol in a bid to break into the South West legal market.
The personal injury (PI) claimant market has launched an all-out assault on Lord Justice Jackson’s report into civil legal costs, arguing that his proposals would actually impede access to justice.
?Richard Copson has joined Pannone to head the disability rights legal services team following a move from Glaisyers.
Law firm Bott & Co has launched a personal injury (PI) iPhone application that allows claimants to get instant access to a PI solicitor if they have been involved in an accident.
Thompsons has merged with rival Rowley Ashworth, making the largest trade union firm in the UK.
Will justice ever be seen to be done when a profession regulates itself? Nicholas Braslavsky QC of Kings Chambers says it’s time for the independent regulation of healthcare professionals
Lawyers have rounded on NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) allegations that the claimant profession is bleeding the NHS dry by racking up massive legal bills.
One of the bar’s leading clinical negligence sets, 6 Pump Court, will dissolve on 17 January 2005.
The RAC has hit out at recent proposals to raise the ‘small claims’ limit for personal injury work to £5,000. RAC Legal Services head Jonathan Gulliford said the plans, outlined recently by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, will seriously affect many people claiming compensation for injuries. “Raising the small claims limit is throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” he said.
Hill Dickinson has re-corded a 34 per cent turnover rise for the first six months of the 2004-05 financial year.
Clifford Chance has sealed its first major UK deal for Blackstone Capital Partners (BCP), advising on the private equity firm’s recommended bid for care home business NHP.
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has scooped an IP partner from Hammonds. Head of Hammonds’ biotech/life sciences practices, Marija Danilunas is dual-qualified as a Canadian barrister and a solicitor in England. She left Hammonds in September and becomes the fourth partner lateral this year to arrive at LeBoeuf’s London office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 10 November
In ‘NHSLA launches new panel review’ (page 4, 11 October), it was incorrectly stated that George Davies & Co was a panel firm of the NHS Litigation Authority. George Davies Solicitors had been a panel firm until 2003, when it made a strategic decision to stop its clinical negligence work. We are happy to set the record straight.
Established in 1890, Hempsons is anything but an old-fashioned firm. In the 115 years since it was created, when its partners broke away from Slaughter and May, the firm has remained independent, preferring, as managing partner Janice Barber puts it, to “slip the baton and ...
With top sets growing in size to improve financial security, 1 Crown Office Row (1COR) has hired four tenants, including leading clinical negligence silk Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC.
The philosophy at Taylor Walton is simple: regional is best.
the Law Society’s stance on referral fees.
There has been much lobbying for tough laws on corporate killing, but the Government has reneged on its promises to make them. By Joanne Harris
Cobbetts has bolstered its IP, information, communications and technology and media teams with the hire of two solicitors for its Manchester office. Laura Harper arrives after a five-year stint at Pannone & Partners, while Sonia Luthra joins the top 50 firm from DWF Solicitors.
Personal injury lawyers hit out yesterday (Wednesday 8 August) at the Law Society’s stance on referral fees.
A new network of London firms is being launched to give personal injury advice across the capital.
Edinburgh firm Balfour & Manson has bolstered its private client practice by merging with GW Tait & Sons. The move will see two GW Tait partners, George Tait and Allen Kerr, join the partnership, along with three associates and the majority of the firm’s staff. The 18-partner firm has expanded significantly this year with the acquisition in May of a substantial part of the personal injury practice of Aberdeen firm Burnside Kemp Fraser and the opening of an Aberdeen office, its first outside ...
Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office has appointed a new managing partner.
In our article of 9 August 2004 about Merriman White, we reported that the firm was closed for business. We understand however that the firm has been taken over by two new partners: Andrew Crossley and Dominic Murphy, who have bought the practice from its former partners. Merriman White acts for the majority of its predecessor’s clients and employs the vast majority of its support staff and fee-earners and, as before, will be a specialist practice in its core areas of commercial and ...
Some of the highest achievers start late in life. Some of those people end up at the very top of their professions. It’s the benefit of life experience, they say.
Davies Arnold Cooper has announced a trio of promotions and a new appointment at associate partner level. Janie Castle joins the commercial litigation team in London from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, while Gillian Dada, Mark Shaya and Crispin Tomlinson have all been promoted to associate partner level in the product liability, insurance and property divisions. The promotions follow the recent announcement of five new equity partners at the firm.
David Bott, the sole proprietor of Bott & Co, is a man on a mission. He says he wants to “put the people” back into the law.
Gateley Wareing has recruited a new associate to bolster the corporate services division in its Birmingham HQ. Chris Reed, who specialises in acquisitions and disposals as well as joint ventures, joins from Wragge & Co.
Matthew Arnold Baldwin announced a string of promotions last week, including Karen Jones, who became a partner in the firm’s IT and e-commerce division. Five lawyers have also been made up to associate.
Civil Justice Minister David Lammy last week launched another consultation paper on conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), proposing to scrap regulations introduced less than four years ago.
Ian Hopkins, managing partner of South Wales law firm Leo Abse & Cohen (LAC), makes no bones about how the firm needed a shake-up two years ago. “We recognised that big changes were needed and went through an enormous cultural shift,” he admits. “We were a sleeping giant, but we’ve woken up.”
Maxwell Batley has announced a slew of new appointments as part of its ongoing expansion drive. Mandeep Ubbey and Una McNamara join the London firm from Herbert Smith, where they were assistants in the real estate department. Emma Thornington arrives after completing her training in commercial property, property litigation and corporate work at Memery Crystal.
Thames Valley firm Pitmans has appointed a new senior solicitor to its defendant personal injury team. Alan Davies joins from Merriman White, a firm based in London and Guildford. Davies was previously a partner at Gregory Rowcliffe & Milners and Edward Lewis in London and specialises in insurance litigation.
The Law Society is to seek the repeal of a prohibition against limiting the liability of a solicitor in a contentious business agreement.
With sports claims becoming more prevalent, Richard Davies QC and Jonathan Bellamy discuss who will hold the burden of the claims
Barber v Somerset County Council has resurrected the debate on PI claims for occupational stress. Jeff Zindani and Adam Korn give the employer and employee perspectives
No one can be forced to mediate, but refusal to do so could be risky. Ralph Lewis QC reports
The Civil Justice Council has agreed the level of success fees payable under conditional fee arrangements in employer liability accident cases.
The Better Regulation Task Force criticised stories suggesting that the UK is in the grip of a “compensation culture” in a report published last week. ‘Better Routes to Redress’ looks at the perception and management of personal injury claims. It concluded that media reports and claims management companies are encouraging people to make unreasonable claims and that, in response, public bodies go to unnecessary lengths to protect themselves from litigation. The report’s recommendations ...
Bishop Longbotham & Bagnall Solicitors (or, as it would prefer to be known in these days of abbreviated law firm names, BL&B Solicitors) perhaps sums up the dilemma faced by many established regional firms early in the 21st century. Should they keep the faith and retain tried-and-trusted ways of doing things, or jettison the status quo in favour of trendy alternatives, such ...
Leigh Day & Co’s London and Manchester offices have parted ways after the North West four-partner group opted to set up as a separate entity.
Specialist pensions law firm Sacker & Partners has promoted three associates to the partnership: Claire Carey, Alison Cribbs and Joanna Matthews.
JS Miller Solicitors senior managing partner Jeanette Miller knows more than just the technical side of personal injury (PI) litigation. As a trainee solicitor she became a victim herself after she fell down some faulty steps and injured her back at work. She successfully sued and the experience motivated her to form her own eponymous practice. Its ethos would ...
Hopes of a sudden rise in mediation have been shattered after the Court of Appeal ruled against fining two companies that refused to consider alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
South East firm IBB Solicitors is boasting a record turnover of £10.59m for this financial year, an increase of 12 per cent from last yeart. In May, personal injury partner Malcolm Underhill joined the firm from Vizards Wyeth.
A lot of law firms talk about understanding their clients’ needs, but Clarke Willmott claims to offer “more understanding”. This is the South West firm’s brand, and it means what it says. “It could sound a bit nebulous,” says managing partner David Sedgwick, “but we’re serious.”
Edinburgh’s Balfour & Manson has scooped the bulk of the personal injury (PI) practice of Aberdeen’s Burnside Kemp Fraser, gaining its first office outside the Scottish capital in the process.
One of the bar’s top personal injury barristers has effectively been barred from sitting as a part-time judge because of a perceived claimant bias identified through articles he wrote for The Lawyer.
Taylor Wessing shuts down clinical negligence group" /Taylor Wessing has closed its defendant clinical negligence department, which brought in £1m a year, because of the squeeze by insurers on lawyers’ rates.
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.
Birmingham mega-set No 5 Fountain Court has become the first set to reach 150 tenants with the hire of a five-strong personal injury (PI) team from local rival St Philips. The set is also poised to launch a Bristol office, its third site in the UK after London and Birmingham. Graham Cliff, formerly head of the PI team at St Philips, Stephen Campbell, David Tyack and William Pusey are all to join No 5’s highly-rated PI practice. In turn, St Philips has taken on rated employment barrister ...
Withy King managing partner Martin Powell is unequivocal in his commitment to new ways of doing things. “To move with the times a firm has to be run as a business, not a traditional partnership,” he argues. “You’ve got to recognise the value of your capital assets and finds ways to value the firm’s work-in-progress and its goodwill in a way that keeps everyone enthused.”
Crown Office Row has hired two junior tenants from Kings Chambers in Manchester. The barristers, John Cooper and Simon Antrobus, specialise in health and safety and corporate manslaughter. For the last seven years they have acted for the Department of Trade and Industry in Griffiths v British Coal Corporation.
A judge made the case for tougher laws governing illegal motorists after being forced to cut his own sentence in the controversial case of an asylum seeker who failed to stop after he ran over and killed a nine-year-old boy.
A radical overhaul of funding arrangements for group action litigation is understood to be under consideration.
Lawyers at Wiltshire-based firm Withy King have won a major victory against two hospital trusts, with a Coroner’s Court returning the unusual verdict of death by “natural causes, contributed to by neglect”.
It was an eventful 2003 for Newcastle’s Gibson & Co. In just a year the 300-year-old firm grew from four partners to six with the hire of two Allen & Overy (A&O) litigators.
The funding of multiparty clinical negligence actions can be anything but fair, says Adam Korn
The amount of criticism aimed at PI means practitioners need to move with the times, argues Fraser Whitehead
The bad times of Claims Direct and TAG are still fresh in the memory, but as Keith Miles argues, PI lawyers are positive about what the future holds
Law firms’ PI practices are fighting a tempestuous market and the legacy of the claims managers. Brendan Malkin investigates the flipside of the PI market
A group of South West firms has responded to a troubled personal injury market by banding together to promote their services. Under the banner of the ‘Wessex Accident Link’, the eight member firms, which are based across Dorset and Hampshire, have each contributed to the cost of local radio advertising and the use of a call centre. The firms, ranging in size from two partners to 14, are Biscoes, Churchers, Dickinson Manser, Glanvilles, Knight & Co, Lawcomm, Steele Raymond and White ...
The people of Milton Keynes were, until recently, inhabitants of the largest conurbation without a league football team in Europe. The consortium Inter MK was formed to change all that. It spearheaded the drive to bring London’s Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes. This season, Wimbledon has played in front of capacity crowds in its temporary home of the Milton Keynes ...
Last November, Kent firm Whitehead Monckton underwent a complete rebranding in a bid to raise its profile, not only in Kent but also across the South East. Its aim was to signal that the firm was no longer just a high street practice.
The Master of the Rolls yesterday attacked the UK’s shameful record on looking after accident victims. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers made a plea for the Government to back the rehabilitation of those affected in its forthcoming plans to deal with the spiralling costs of employer’s liability insurance.
Alexander Harris has lost its head of personal injury (PI) to South London law firm Anthony Gold. Jenny Kennedy is a serious injury specialist. She joins the firm as a partner. The appointment follows on from Anthony Gold’s recent mergers with local firms Warren & Co in Streatham and Jockelson McNulty & Co in Walworth.
The Birmingham office of Russell Jones & Walker is to lose one of its three partners at the end of the year, with the departure of John McDonnell and a senior associate.
A triumvirate of law firms has joined forces for one of the fewbillion-pound deals of the year, General Electric's (GE) £5.7bntakeover of UK healthcare group Amersham.GE has turned to its usual UK law firm Slaughter and May for corporatead...
Clarke Willmott has broken new ground by arranging a separate funding facility with its bank, RBS, for its burgeoning personal injury (PI) practice. The move is an acknowledgement of the practice area's recent growth at the firm and the nature of PI work generally.The funding, established in the current financial year, is based on a proportion of the value of the work in progress (WIP) Clarke ...
Children in child abuse cases may go unprotected because doctors are too afraid to speak out. Bertie Leigh reports
As with any kind of new technology, telemedicine's growth is unstoppable. Will Marshall warns that this brave new world needs regulating
Does the Chief Medical Officer’s report into clinical negligence in the NHS signal the end of the Bolam test? Nicholas Wilkes discusses the merits of the old method as against new plans
The judgment in a groundbreaking challenge to the current law relating to IVF treatment, as laid down by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, is expected at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 October.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has launched a campaign to raise awareness among women of the dangers lurking in hair dyes.
Personal injury (PI) firm Underwoods held talks last Friday (12 September) with Nottingham Law School on establishing a formal tie-up to train solicitors for its recently-launched South African operations (The Lawyer, 1 September).
Legal profession voices fears that 'vague' guidelines will hamper health and safety investigations
Stringent criteria ruling the law on psychiatric injury do not allow for cases to be judged individually. Alan Eadie says that worthy cases may not be getting the justice they deserve
The Government is hoping to dig itself out of a hole with its new £30K NHS redress scheme. But will victims of negligence get short changed?
Manchester firm Donns Solicitors is seeking damages and an injunction against a former partner after she allegedly solicited for business from clients before leaving the firm.Former personal injury partner Lesley Casey allegedly sent letters to clients on Donns' headed notepaper together with the brochure for her new firm, Alexander Harris, on 25 April this year.She is now being sued personally by Donns senior partner Raymond Donn, who is understood to hold all ...
Personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence firm Pattinson & Brewer is being sued for negligence by a brain damaged former electrician.
Nick Brown has quit 4 New Square for Doughty Street Chambers to develop his civil liberties and clinical negligence practice. Brown's broad-based professional liability practice has increasingly focused on clinical negligence and personal injury claims. He also developed a niche civil liberties practice. He is presently acting for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the prominent black activist on death row in Pennsylvania.
A professional negligence barrister is seeking leave to appeal to the House of Lords to overturn a finding of negligence against her.
Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has bolstered its London-based corporate practice with the appointment of Jonathan Brooks, head of Boodle Hatfield's corporate department. Brooks specialises in a wide range of work for private companies and joint ventures with particular focus in the healthcare, financial services, computer software and e-commerce sectors.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has sought to distance its New Claims Direct service from that of The Accident Group (TAG), which collapsed last week, as well as from the old Claims Direct service, which RJW purchased in February 2003.
Leading medical negligence silk Paul Rees QC is himself being sued for negligence by the Medical Defence Union (MDU).
Claimant lawyers acting in the organ retention litigation were slammed in the High Court last week for overestimating the number of hours they would spend in preparation and during the trial.
Heavyweight personal injury (PI) firms, including Leigh Day & Co and Pannone & Partners, have signed up as shareholders of Manchester firm Amelans' TV-advertised claims company injurylawyers4u.
Brick Court Chambers has recruited Tim Lord from 2 Temple Gardens. Lord has focused on personal injury and insurance work in the past, but has been signed to assist Brick Court with its banking and financial services work. He spent 10 years at 2 Temple Gardens after qualifying at Slaughter and May.
TAG might not be the most popular company, but it is certainly successful. Its founder Mark Langford meets Jon Robins and tries to dispel some myths
GlaxoSmithKline is carrying out a complete review of its outside law firms and will have a new panel by the end of the year.
New head Wilkinson to reassess external lawyers; Bristows to benefit
Allen & Overy (A&O) is acting on what is believed to be Europe's largest ever biotechnology deal.
Clarke Willmott & Clarke's medical team has hired the clinical negligence specialist who is advising the National Committee Relating to Organ Retention (Nacor).
Bristol firm Burroughs Day has launched a specialist biotechnology acquisition and intellectual property (IP) unit.
Fiona Callister finds out how Bevan Ashford chief executive Nick Jarrett-Kerr is reacting to a reduction in work for English firms due to changes prompted by Welsh devolution
Nabarro Nathanson has clinched a biotechnology deal for Genpak through its involvement with a venture capitalist workshop, dubbed Venturefest.
Personal injury (PI) firm Thompsons has appointed a chief executive officer, a chief finance officer and a chief operations officer as part of its strategy to devolve decision-making away from the partners. Senior managing partners Geoff Shears and Frank Foy have been appointed CEO and COO respectively. Both partners are PI and trade union lawyers.
Personal injury firm Thompsons has defied years of legal tradition by becoming the first major law firm to structure itself as a plc.
The head of legal at biotechnology company Novartis UK is leaving to join Clyde & Co.
Lawrence Graham is turning its back on two partners and around £1m worth of fees in the closure of its defendant personal injury practice.
Long-established personal injury (PI) and professional and clinical negligence chambers 199 Strand is to undergo a major overhaul of its management structure as it becomes more proactive about bar reforms.
Will PFI lead to healthcare privatisation by the back door? Robert Parr reports on the implications for lawyers
London firm Vizard Oldham is taking on a leading healthcare litigation partner from Capsticks in a drive to turn its focus away from insurance litigation.
Neither Thomas Beecham, who launched his Beecham's laxative pills way back in 1842, nor John K Smith, who opened his first drugstore in Philadelphia several years before, could have imagined the huge empire their businesses would become.