PI Futures: 18 September 2018, Liverpool

2018’s PI Futures conference could not come at a more important time for claimant personal injury lawyers. Anyone with a stake in the industry cannot afford to miss this year’s debate.

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Event Details

Date: 18th September 2018 ( 09:30 – 17:00 )

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool

Phone: 020 3567 1207

Email: contact@legalfutures.co.uk


The sixth PI Futures conference could not come at a more important time for claimant personal injury lawyers.

With the Civil Liability Bill reforms less than seven months away, lawyers, claims companies, medical reporting organisations, funders and others involved in the industry need to be looking now at the implications for their businesses.

But equally they cannot ignore the many live issues affecting them now, and for some time to come even once the government has its way. These include challenges to deductions from damages, the continuing viability of the 100% success fee model for low-value claims, enduring questions about MedCo, and the impact of fixed fees and defendant tactics in relation to holiday sickness claims.

All of these issues will be debated at PI Futures 2018 and anyone with a stake in the industry cannot afford to miss it.

We will hear from those involved in putting the claimant case to politicians with the latest on the Bill, and a panel of market leaders on what firms should be doing to prepare for the future.

We will investigate the dangers of deduction challenges and whether the 100% model is broken, and hear from the head of MedCo and its critics. Those on opposite sides of sickness claims will debate whether the heat has gone out of the market.

But irrespective of reform, firms cannot survive without clients and First4Lawyers will be launching its latest white paper to help solicitors better understand customers and the tactics needed to attract them. We will also hear from the new Chief Customer Officer at the highest-profile consumer law firm in the land, Slater & Gordon.

Note: CPD (Costs Lawyers only) –  PI Futures will count for 5 CPD points with the CLSB



Welcome by Neil Rose, Editor, Legal Futures


Civil Liability Bill – where are we now?
By the time of the conference, the bill should have reached the House of Commons. Leading campaigners will update delegates on the current state of play and where the opportunities to make changes to the legislation still lie.


Brett Dixon, President, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Matthew Maxwell Scott, Director, Access to Justice

Simon Stansfield, Chairman, Motor Accident Solicitors Society


Sick no more?

Holiday sickness claims were the hot issue at PI Futures 2017. A year on, is the market now calming down, especially now fixed fees are in place?


Monica Savic-Jabrow, Director, Barrister Direct

Paul Edwards, Director, Keoghs


Sponsor presentations


Tea and Coffee Break


Unfair compensation deductions – is the 100% success fee model broken?

There has been a sudden wave of cases where former clients have sought access to their files with a view to belatedly challenging deductions from their damages. And then the High Court recently said solicitors still need to undertake individual risk assessments before setting the success fee – rather than just applying 100% across the board. Do claimant solicitors need to change the 100% success fee model as a result?


Mark Carlisle, Director, Checkmylegalfees.com

Erica Bedford, Kings Chambers


MedCo – Past, present and future

From poor-quality reports, to litigation and rising fees, MedCo continues to be a contentious part of the claims process. And how will it cope with the government reforms? The head of MedCo, a leading claimant lawyer and representatives of MROs will consider the present and look to the future.


Martin Heskins, CEO, MedCo

Jon Scarsbrook, Partner, Irwin Mitchell

Mike Cutler, Managing Director, Premex Services




The new era of CMC regulation

Next April, the regulation of CMCs moves from the Ministry of Justice’s Claims Management Regulation Unit to the Financial Conduct Authority. The man leading that work will outline what it is doing to prepare and what difference the change will make to CMCs and those who use them.


Garry Hunter, Head of Claims Management Regulation, Financial Conduct Authority


Understanding customers

Whatever comes of the various reforms facing PI lawyers, they will still need to attract clients. Using new research being unveiled at PI Futures, this session will explore the customer journey and what law firms are doing right – and wrong – to turn them into clients.


Andy Cullwick, Head of Marketing, First4Lawyers

Martyn Beauchamp, Chief Customer Officer, Slater & Gordon

Vidisha Joshi, Managing Partner, Hodge, Jones & Allen


Tea and Coffee Break


Where next for the market?

After a day charting the many challenges facing claimant lawyers, the closing panel will draw on the rich experience of a panel of leading practitioners to consider the future for the market and the options law firms should be examining to survive and thrive in the post-reform world.


Andrew Ritchie QC

David Bott, CEO, Bott & Co

Neil Hudgell, Managing Director, Hudgell Solicitors

Donald Fowler, Chief Executive, Examworks UK


Conference closes


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool

St. Nicholas Place

Pier Head

Princes Dock

Liverpool L3 1QW

Getting there:

You can park in the Crowne Plaza car park. Tariff charges are:

Up to 2 hours£ 5.00
Up to 4 hours£ 10.00
Up to 8 hours£ 15.00
Up to 10 hours£ 18.00
Up to 24 hours£ 24.00


There are also several NCP car parks near the venue. The closest is on Rumsford Street.

The nearest train stations are Moorfields, Liverpool James Street, Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street all of which are no more than a 10 minute taxi ride away (traffic permitting).


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