Burcher Jennings strengthens advisory board

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22 May 2014

Leading legal costs and pricing consultancy Burcher Jennings has announced a further strengthening of its Advisory Board with the appointment of renowned family lawyer Christina Blacklaws.

Christina joins the Burcher Jennings Advisory Board after leaving Co-operative Legal Services, where she was a Board member and Director of Policy, to establish a consultancy specialising in supporting legal businesses to adapt and thrive in the new legal services market. Prior to joining Coop Legal Services, Christina established Blacklaws Davis, which at the time of its merger with TV Edwards in 2011 was the largest specialist family law firm in England and Wales, with 50 employees and a further 50 engaged as consultants. Christina represents the Women Lawyers Division on the Council of the Law Society and is an executive member of the Family Justice Council.

Chairman Richard Burcher said:
“Our Advisory Board already contains some of the most impressive legal minds; Christina’s appointment joins that of acclaimed legal commentator Professor Stephen Mayson, costs expert and advisor to Lord Justice Jackson Professor Dominic Regan, influential barrister Ben Williams and law firm Managing Partner and Chambers ‘Leading Individual’, Robert Camp.  I’m looking forward to working closely with Christina and her colleagues. Our aim is to test our existing client offering and proposed enhancements with expertise and insight from these leading figures, developing the value we add for our client law firms, by helping them to properly assess and price the value they add to their own clients.”

Christina Blacklaws said:

“In combining leading edge expertise in both pricing and costs, Burcher Jennings offers a service which is unique in the sector, and one which firms who wish to succeed in a competitive environment cannot afford to do without. I have been impressed with the vision of Richard and Martyn and their commitment to continually refine their services to meet the needs of clients in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.”

Burcher Jennings offers law firms on-site pricing training, pricing templates and guidelines, negotiation and pitch training, assistance on budgets and estimates, simplified client care documents and advice on pricing individual cases. These comprehensive solutions improve profitability and cashflow.  With fewer time and fee write-­offs, safer margins and less time lost to resolving cost complaints, firms can ensure their costs and pricing policy matches their potential.

Chief Executive, Martyn Jennings said:
“Recent cases have demonstrated in stark terms the focus which Jackson places on budgeting and estimating costs. Whereas costs draftsmen used to provide law firms a mechanical function, linked to the hourly rate at the end of a case, now a complete suite of pricing and payment options is required. This is the integrated service which Burcher Jennings was created to provide.  With the help of the leading thinkers and experienced practitioners on our Advisory Board, Burcher Jennings will continue to develop and evolve its services to reflect and anticipate the needs of well-run law firms.


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