Leading PI firm plots post-Civil Liability Act growth
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Express Solicitors gears up for legislation changes with senior promotions
As part of its strategy to deal with changes brought in by the whiplash reforms next year, Manchester-based personal injury law firm, Express Solicitors, has promoted partner Kimberley Kirkby to Head of the RTA department and Rachel Price to associate partner in the same team.
Kimberley joined the firm as part of its very first new client team in 2007 and has worked her way up through the ranks to the position of partner in the Employers’ Liability department and then head of RTA, where she will lead a team of 53 fee earners and support staff.
Joining the firm two years ago, Rachel worked as an associate solicitor in the Occupiers’ and Public Liability department before gaining a promotion to associate partner, which includes a move to the RTA department.
Express Solicitors has undergone a complete reorganisation of its RTA department in preparation for changes in legislation in April 2020, which will see a tariff system for whiplash claims introduced, settlements without medical evidence banned, and and the small claims threshold raised to £5,000.
Commenting on her promotion, Kimberley said: “I’m delighted to have achieved my goal of becoming a partner and head of department at the firm, which was something I was told was possible at the very beginning when I started out in the new client team.
“Heading up the RTA department following the whiplash reforms will be challenging, but we have prepared for them as much as possible and will adapt when they come to ensure claimants continue to get the justice they deserve when they’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault.”
Express Solicitors’ Managing Partner James Maxey said: “It is a policy of the firm to promote from within, where possible, in order to reward those lawyers who’ve shown commitment, tenacity and expertise.
“These current promotions have been part of our strategy to protect the department against the dramatic reforms that will be brought in next year. In Kimberley and Rachel, we have two experienced lawyers with the skills to guide the team through these challenging times.”
Express Solicitors continues to grow at pace and now has 290 employees, including 29 partners and 55 fee earners. It is ranked in The Lawyer Top 200, its lawyers and the firm are recognised in The Legal 500 and the firm is noted in Chambers and Partners. Express Solicitors specialises in personal injury and accident claims, clinical negligence claims and serious injury cases.
£23m settlement for brain injured child – with no real winners
A multi-million pound settlement for a brain injured child has been achieved by a Manchester law firm.
Early this week the High Court approved a £23m compensation settlement for a 10-year-old boy who suffered brain damage at birth as a result of medical negligence, one of only a handful of personal injury settlements awarded over £20m.
Ben Gent, head of clinical negligence at Manchester-based personal injury law firm, Express Solicitors, acted on the case.
The settlement is thought to be in the top five highest awards ever reported in an injury claim.
The child, whose identity is protected under an anonymity order, developed cerebral palsy after hospital staff missed signs of distress during his mother’s labour in 2008.
Investigations revealed that neither the consultant obstetrician nor the midwife at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, were paying attention to the CTG trace, which recorded the pattern of his heartbeat.
As the trace deteriorated there was a delay in the delivery, which meant the child was deprived of oxygen for the 15 minutes before he was born.
Injuries include significant behavioural problems, special educational needs and impaired movement patterns.
He is incontinent at night, has difficulties with communication and poor social awareness and will need support throughout his life.
In November, lawyers at Express Solicitors agreed a compensation package consisting of a lump sum payment of £5.3m to help buy and adapt safe, accessible accommodation, compensate him for the fact he will never have a job, and pay for his therapy costs.
In addition, he will receive index linked annual payments of up to £200,000 to pay for a team of carers for the rest of his life.
Solicitor Ben Gent said: “The financial and emotional consequences of this negligent obstetric care are immense and will endure for decades into the future, and this money will ensure AC is taken care of properly in years to come. “Patient care can only improve when mistakes are acknowledged and investigated openly and independently. The political trend to see access to justice as an expensive luxury undermines patient safety and makes this kind of tragedy more likely to happen again.”Express Solicitors end of year results
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Express Solicitors reports best ever financials
18 Sep 2017 North West Business Richard Frost
Express Solicitors, the Northenden-based personal injury law firm, has posted its best ever financial results.
The firm has generated a turnover of £13.75m in 2017, up by 12 per cent on a year earlier. Sister medical company Ontime Reports contributed a further £3m.
Caseloads grew to 8,385 from 8,041 over the same period. Express Solicitors now has 198 employees including 78 fee earners and 22 partners.
Managing partner James Maxey said: “Our ability to grow in this tough sector is down to our skilled, dedicated and compassionate team of lawyers and other staff who remain fully committed to getting injured people the justice they deserve.”
Express Solicitors added that the firm is progressing well towards achieving its goal of reaching £20m turnover within five years.
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