The defence of catastrophic and complex injury claims is being shaped by the impact of the Civil Justice Reforms, including the front-loading of costs by claimant solicitors and the vigilant stance on cost budgeting adopted by the Judiciary. We are better placed than any other firm to deal with emerging challenges and trends in this area – based on the level of specialist resources we offer and our market presence.
We manage cases with total reserves approaching £1 billion, some of which involve the most sensitive claims in our customers portfolio. Our lawyers are instructed by leading global, UK and specialist insurers, corporations, health and public sector bodies and defend the greatest range and volume of catastrophic injury claims in the UK today.
Each case is handled according to a bespoke strategy to best protect our customers position and drive a fair and timely resolution at an appropriate level of damages. Whether instructed from Day 1 or at a later stage, our collaborative, no-nonsense approach relies heavily on fostering constructive dialogue with the claimant’s representatives. We encourage regular contact and information exchange, negotiation, ADR and mediation to create an environment in which early resolution is possible and achievable.
Customer feedback consistently underlines the strength and depth of our offering. Our lawyers form part of a Catastrophic Injury Group that builds on our experience and assists in identifying innovation and sharing knowledge on strategy, claimant tactics and judicial attitudes. We also use our links with leading experts to ensure you benefit from the pre-eminent input in the field.
We work closely with the Civil Justice Council (CJC), FOIL, the Association of British Insurers and other industry and government bodies to exchange ideas and participate in key industry discussions. Our specialists are helping to coordinate an industry-wide group to examine legal costs in high value litigation and we are also working with insurers to pilot new approaches to catastrophic injury litigation to speed up the process for resolving claims and controlling costs.