Personal Injury Practice: An Expert Guide

This report focuses on personal injury practice and provides updates and advice for solicitors in this area. It  provides expert advice on topics such as client care, costs budgeting, limitation issues, and more.

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A variety of changes in recent years have made the personal injury sector a challenging environment for law firms to operate in. With referral fees banned, mandatory costs budgeting introduced, and insurance premiums rising, there is no doubt that, for many firms, personal injury work is less profitable now than it used to be. But those firms that have embraced the new environment have shown that there are significant opportunities to grow and increase profits in this sector.

Personal Injury Practice: An Expert Guide takes stock of the state of personal injury law and offers practical tips on how practitioners can respond – and have responded – to the changes taking place.

Key topics include:

  • Recent reforms that personal injury solicitors should be aware of and their impact on injured persons;
     
  • The post-Jackson environment and the challenges to client care which this presents;
     
  • How focusing on the ‘golden rule’ of personal injury, client care, can ensure compliance, protect against fraudulent claims, and encourage new and repeat business and referrals;
     
  • Preparing, managing, and monitoring your case budget;
     
  • New guidance on working with experts;
     
  • Recent case law and prevalent myths relating to limitations;
     
  • Case studies from Asons Solicitors and Colemans CTTS describe how these firms have adapted to the
    post-Jackson environment.

Contents

Chapter 1: The onslaught of reforms and the effect on injured individuals

Chapter 2: LASPO changes in the personal injury sector: A half-term report

Chapter 3: Putting the injured person at the heart of everything we do

Chapter 4: The golden rule remains post-Jackson: Put clients centre stage

Chapter 5: The post-Jackson challenge

Chapter 6: Preparing, managing, and monitoring your case budge

Chapter 7: New guidance on working with expert

Chapter 8: Knowing your limits: The impact of limitation rule

Chapter 9: Ten myths about limitation that every personal injury litigator should know

Check our Executive Summary and full table of contents here

Authors

Kamran Akram
Principal and co-founder at Asons Solicitors. Under Kamran’s supervision, Asons has become Lexcel accredited, has won the ‘Gold’ Investors in People Award, and continues to be recognised for its focus on employee development and retention strategies.
Alan Bacon
Senior/managing partner of BTMK Solicitors LLP (BTMK) and the head of their personal injury/clinical negligence department. Member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel (since 1994) and a fellow of APIL (since 2007, having been a member since 1990). Trustee of Headway Essex and the chair of the Essex Acquired Brain Injury Forum. Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.
James Barker
Head of the personal injury department at North West law firm Kirwans. Specialises in a wide range of PI matters, including accidents at work, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, and Highways Act claims. Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Greg Cox
Partner in Colemans-ctts LLP, a solicitor-advocate, and mediator specialising in litigation and dispute resolution. Appointed as an assessor in the High Court on Appeals involving the costs and funding issues and is a co-author of the Law Society’s Litigation Funding Handbook.
Gordon Exall
Barrister and Head of the personal injury group, Zenith Chambers. Author of the latest editions of Munkman on Damages for Personal Injury and Death, The APIL Guide to Fatal Accidents, Personal Injury Litigation 4th edition, and Periodical Payments – the New Law.
Vijay Ganapathy
Senior solicitor, Leigh Day. Undertakes industrial disease (mainly mesothelioma and other asbestos disease claims) and complex injury cases including those involving public accidents and child injury. Best known for having successfully represented Mr Chandler in Chandler v Cape plc [2012], which set a new legal precedent both in tort and company law as the first case of its kind to hold a parent/group company liable for one of its subsidiary company’s operations. Has been writing the quarterly personal injury update for Solicitors Journal for the last seven years.
Ian Gascoigne
Partner, Eversheds LLP.
David Johnstone
Managing director, PI-Solutions.
Sue Nash
Current chairman of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) and has been a qualified and regulated costs lawyer since 2008, having practised in costs since 1987. Lectures at conferences and is a CPD accredited training provider through the ACL. Sue can be contacted at suenash@costslawyer.co.uk.
John Spencer
One of the UK’s leading personal injury solicitors with over 27 years of experience. President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a fellow since 2006, as well as a Law Society PI Panel member. Much quoted in the national and professional press and is regularly invited to speak around the world at industry events. Also writes regularly about legal issues on his blog.

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