The university in the office

Professor Dominic Regan runs university style masterclasses in law firms, with Burcher Jennings

Law firms are being temporarily transformed into universities for their partners in an initiative from leading costs and pricing consultancy, Burcher Jennings.

As part of the Burcher Jennings costs programme, firms are being offered a masterclass with leading law academic Professor Dominic Regan. Professor Regan was adviser to Lord Justice Jackson as he devised the new civil costs regime and is widely acknowledged as the UK’s leading academic on legal costs.

The Burcher Jennings costs programme is a half day learning experience, led by an experienced costs lawyer, designed to build expertise among fee earners and colleagues. Firms undertaking the programme have reported significant improvements in revenue and profitability.

Now selected firms are to benefit from Professor Regan’s involvement, alongside Burcher Jennings team of experienced costs practitioners, led by Rob Parness.

Professor Dominic Regan said:

“Costs is an often misunderstood field. It is certainly complex. I hope that I can explain some of the rationale behind the Jackson approach and offer some tips on how to identify and overcome the most common problems and possible mistakes.”

Martyn Jennings, CEO of Burcher Jennings said:

“Who else would you want to quiz about civil costs, other than the expert who helped Lord Justice Jackson devise the current regime?  The Burcher Jennings Costs Programme is already unique, in that it brings together two distinct but overlapping disciplines – costs and pricing – to give the firm understanding and technique to price appropriately while building trusting relationships with clients. We are fortunate to be able to involve Dominic in this way. He brings a different, strategic perspective.”

Partners at leading Kent firm Thomson Snell & Passmore were among the first to welcome Professor Regan as part of their training session on costs and pricing.

Simon Slater, Thomson Snell & Passmore practice director said:

“In today’s ever more complex litigation climate, it makes sense to keep a close eye on developments and ensure that our lawyers are up to date with current expectations and thinking.  We were therefore very pleased to have this opportunity to spend high quality time with an expert in the field of the stature of Professor Regan.

“It was particularly beneficial to have the opportunity to pose questions directly to two different, but equally expert, perspectives on the same topics, in Rob and Dominic.”


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