Reynolds Porter turns down place on NHSLA legal panel

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

last week turned its back on the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) after seven years as a panel member.

The NHSLA recently concluded a review of its 13-adviser panel, retaining all the firms, including Reynolds Porter. However, following discussions within the firm, Reynolds Porter declined the offer of a place.

Chief executive Adrian Martin said the decision was taken after a review of Reynolds Porter’s work profile and strategy, which took place over the past year. He said the work offered by the NHSLA no longer fitted with Reynolds Porter’s business plan.

However, Martin added: “In the past we’ve found there were conflicts when acting for the NHSLA.”

The firm carries out work for insurers on a variety of clinical negligence claims, and conflicts can arise if an insurer launches a claim against the NHS. Reynolds Porter plans to continue with its strategy of acting on medical malpractice cases.

Martin refused to comment on the rates offered by the NHSLA and whether they were a factor in Reynolds Porter’s decision. However, it is understood that the authority pays less than many firms would normally charge a commercial client, particularly for work carried out by London partners. The remaining 12 NHSLA panel firms are understood to be Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Bevan Brittan, Brachers, Browne JacobsonCapsticks, Eversheds, Hempsons, Hill Dickinson, Kennedys, Ward Hadaway and Weightmans.

The NHSLA declined to comment.