• A reputation for professional excellence with integrity

    A reputation for professional excellence with integrity

  • Accurate understanding and technical analysis

    Accurate understanding and technical analysis

  • National and International Experience

    National and International Experience

  • 34 years in private legal practice

    34 years in private legal practice

  • A focus on events and consequences, not gossip

    A focus on events and consequences, not gossip

  • Helping lawyers, brokers, accountants, surveyors and other professions

    Helping lawyers, brokers, accountants, surveyors and other professions

  • There when you need him

    There when you need him

Industry News - March 2018

19 Mar 18

Industry News

Since the scrapping of fees for employment tribunals, following a Supreme Court decision last year that they were unlawful, claims to the tribunals have soared by 90%.

A prominent brand in litigation funding, Burford Capital, has announce plans to launch its own insurance company to underwrite other-party costs risks in high value commercial cases for which it is also providing own-side funding.

A survey of 3,000 junior lawyers by recruitment firm Douglas Scott has revealed that while 79% of men are aiming to make partner, just 66% of women have that ambition, with more than 40% of women citing stress and work/life imbalance as reasons why they might avoid seeking partnerships.

Increasing competition between firms chasing personal injury work has added substantial ‘cost per click’ premiums for the most valuable key words on search engines.

Changes last year to the rules by which high awards of damages for long term injuries are actuarily calculated has led to big uplifts of insurance pay-outs, and consequently of insurance premiums. One insurer, Allianz, says its profits are £22m lower as a result.

The latest Law Consultancy Network survey of law firms has revealed that most are unaffected (55%) or only slightly affected (35%) by Brexit; and only one in ten is significantly impacted.

City firm Travers Smith is encouraging staff to use a phrase and twitter label ‘#that’s not cool’ to call out inappropriate language.

A solicitor has avoided strike-off but been suspended from practice by the SDT for using 00s of text messages to send practical professional information to criminal clients in prison, naively ignoring that mobile phones are supposed to be banned.

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