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Personal injury lawyer who faced “perfect storm” is struck off

A personal injury lawyer who faced “what could almost be described as a perfect storm” of legal aid cuts and a doubling of his rent has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The SDT said that rather than approaching his bank, the solicitor took a decision to “plunder client account”.

July 11th, 2016 | No Comments »

Lawyer-led ABSs are leading the way, says head of Jackson Canter as it doubles in size

Lawyer-led alternative business structures are leaving their rivals behind, the head of North West firm Jackson Canter has said. Executive chairman Andrew Holroyd was speaking as the firm announced the acquisition of Lees Solicitors, doubling its size to over 280 staff.

May 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

Pure Legal announces first purchase of law firm, buying Pryers for £13m

Pure Legal, the alternative business structure set up by former head of Quindell Legal Services Phil Hodgkinson, has announced its first purchase of a law firm. Pure has bought Pryers, a medical negligence specialist based in York, for £13m.

December 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

Law Society president defends chief executive over role at NHSLA as fees fight looms

Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, has described chief executive Catherine Dixon as “fully committed” to ensuring that medical negligence lawyers are “fairly rewarded” under any new fee regime imposed by the government, despite her previous role on the other side of the fence.

August 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

‘Panicked’ assistant solicitor fabricated counsel’s advice and expert reports

An assistant solicitor has admitted to having “fabricated” advice from counsel, two expert reports and a series of letters on a medical negligence case because she felt “completely panicked and couldn’t see a way out”. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found that she “had not been thinking rationally at the time”.

August 11th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Law firm consumer brand sponsors Judge Rinder

Patient Claims Line, a consumer brand of Fletchers solicitors, has become sponsor of ITV daytime show Judge Rinder, in one of the first deals of its kind.

February 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

Exclusive: Fletchers launches Medical Law Network to take on big firms

North-west firm Fletchers Solicitors has launched a medical negligence marketing network with three other niche practices in a bid to compete with the biggest players in the market.

February 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

Law firm’s medical negligence advert “likely to cause distress to pregnant viewers”

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a TV medical negligence advert for Merseyside personal injury specialists Michael W Halsall Solicitors was “likely to cause undue distress to pregnant viewers”.

November 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

Law firm’s medical negligence advert was misleading, ASA rules

An internet banner advertisement by an Essex law firm which showed a woman’s face above the slogan “awarded £40,000 after cosmetic surgery – claim now” was misleading, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

May 21st, 2014 | No Comments »