Liability Claims

Our aim is straightforward - to help our clients get the results that they want.

Personal Injury is in a state of flux for claimants and compensators alike. Our experience shows that an individual relationship with the local authority and their liability claims team provides a service which best serves the client's priorities and concerns.

We offer a dedicated and experienced team operating at significantly discounted rates who will have focussed input into the day to day running of cases, regardless of their value or complexity. In addition we allocate a small "bespoke" team of support fee earners and staff to the client.

This ensures that we get to know you and understand your priorities, concerns and preferred tactics for each case sent to us.

We will work with your team to ensure that key liability evidence is gathered effectively and a realistic assessment of prospects taken at an early stage.  We offer support and assistance should you need a sounding board or guidance at any time. We encourage regular communication between our teams as we know that developing personal relationships enhances the working relationship and our understanding of your ethos - enabling us to deliver a truly individual service.

The service                  

We work according to three key objectives:

  • Know when to settle and when to fight;
  • Be robust on costs; and
  • Recognise and challenge a fraudulent or dishonest claim.

We offer support with the Low Value Personal Injury Claims Portal Process including guides to the new costs rules and "health checks" on stage 2 negotiations for RTA, EL and PL cases to ensure that only the right cases proceed to stage 3, thereby avoiding unnecessary cost and delay.

Specialisms
  •  Accidents at work
  • Occupier's liability claims
  • Fatal accidents
  • Tripping and slipping accidents
  • Occupational disease
  • Road traffic accidents including:
    • Animals Act claims
    • Claims on behalf of children or those under the Court of Protection
    • Claims involving catastrophic and complex injuries
    • Claims involving head injuries
Relevant Experience
  • Recognising a weak claim: advising a local authority where C allegedly fell in pot hole. Primary liability admitted but causation disputed because of discrepancies in evidence. C speaks English as second language. C put to proof regarding the circumstances of the accident. no offers made. Counsel advised settle but C solicitors eventually offered a "drop hands" which was happily accepted by our client.
  • Dealing with a claim for distress from a relative whose father's grave had been disturbed. This case required sensitive but firm handling to avoid adverse publicity for the local authority.
  • Successfully defending a school in a claim brought by a child injured when his arm became trapped behind a radiator. Defending a claim by a child was dealt with carefully to avoid adverse publicity.
  • Acting for an employer facing a claim by a disabled employee for failure to install a right and left side stair handrail at work which (it was alleged) resulted in injury. This case involved scrutiny of the risk assessments carried out on the employee and the employee's own access habits at work.

Key Contact

Flora Wood

Partner

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+44 (0)1392 334020


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