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Ten years on what does the future hold

At First4Lawyers, we are very proud of the fact that the business celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and it is tempting to spend much time reflecting on the last ten years, how the industry has changed or how in some cases it hasn’t. However, with a few weeks of 2018 now under our belts and insurers already irking the industry, such as with the news that policies cost drivers on average an extra £70, or 9% on 2016, I prefer to look ahead and see where the industry is heading.

February 13th, 2018 | Comments Off on Ten years on what does the future hold

Already hoping for Christmas yet to come

Shortly before Christmas, Aviva announced that whiplash and minor injuries reform inaction has left motorists picking up costs of £5m per day since George Osbourne’s 2015 autumn budget. This started me thinking. As I read on further, Aviva went on to detail that nearly £1bn has been paid out in legal costs, which they say would not have happened if reforms cutting compensation and preventing lawyers from recovering low-value claims costs took place. What was this reminding me of?

February 8th, 2018 | Comments Off on Already hoping for Christmas yet to come

Have PI firms become early adopters?

The legal sector isn’t particularly well known for its marketing innovation, but the world around us continues to change at a rapid pace and artificial intelligence, voice search, programmatic marketing and mobile marketing are already being embraced by various industries. So, is the legal sector keeping pace or is it falling by the way-side? And are all law firms created equal or are certain sectors carving themselves out a niche as early-adopters within a snail-paced industry?

February 6th, 2018 | Comments Off on Have PI firms become early adopters?

Mental health: Helping the vulnerable make claims

With so many people suffering from mental health diseases, the legal sector needs to be ready to do everything it can to support them when they most need help says Qamar Anwar

September 15th, 2017 | Comments Off on Mental health: Helping the vulnerable make claims

The great £750 million insurance rip off

A recent investigation by The Telegraph has found that insurers are charging “not at fault” drivers up to 100 per cent more for labour rates than the repair costs should actually be. This provides the insurance companies with extra money to line their pockets, to the tune of £750 million per year according to The Telegraph. This means that drivers are paying an average of £22 extra per policy per year, which works out at about 5% of each driver’s annual insurance premiums.

August 7th, 2017 | Comments Off on The great £750 million insurance rip off

PI reform: the battle goes on

We previously warned claimant lawyers “not to get the bunting out quite yet” after the snap general election saw the Prisons and Courts Bill shelved as we all knew that if the Conservatives formed the next government, there was every chance that the personal injury (PI) reforms contained in the Bill would be revived.

August 2nd, 2017 | Comments Off on PI reform: the battle goes on