Extra help for anyone working at home
In my article about working from home, I mentioned the need to have access to a human being for advice and support. Most firms will be providing this support to its staff. As an extra layer of support, I have set up an email address for anyone who has a problem or issue where they could do with some help.
This is a free service to for individuals and firms -
If you send me brief details and contaxct details, I will get back to you.
I suspect that I will not be going far over the next few weeks!
QPI and Freelancers
I have worked with QPI Legal for nearly 20 years. They are insurance brokers and leading experts in the field of Professional Indemnity Insurance. They are always my 'go to' brokers when I am advising firms on insurance matters.
Since November 2019 it has been possible for individual solicitors to set up as Freelancers. One hurdle has been the need for ‘adequate and appropriate indemnity insurance’. This has proved hard to find. Indeed, one umbrella network announced last month that it had been unable to get off the ground because of this issue.
I work closely with Gillian Anderson at QPI. Gillian has identified an insurer which is willing to issue policies to freelancers. If you are interested in finding out more please contact me.
Retainers and Client Costs Disputes
Many firms are concerned about their retainers, particularly following the case of Herbert v HH Law Ltd EWCA Civ 527.
There are businesses which are advertising to clients encouraging them to bring actions to recover success fees and other deductions from damages. I can review your client care letters and other retainer documents and, if necessary, redraft these to ensure that you are protected.
Contact me for details.
Having been trained by Steve on a dental negligence course, I would highly recommend him. He was able to trike the very difficult balance of providing in depth technical knowledge and keeping us entertained. Superb. Mark Quinn, Taylor Rose
Steve is my 'go to' blogger for legal advice & opinion. Love to hear his view\take on things. His love for justice always shines through & he always adds a bit of humour too. I try to ignore the fact that he is a blue Donna Scully, Director, Carpenters
We have worked with Steve over the last year, with particular regard to our medical negligence department. Steve has produced very useful and informative sessions at both ends of the experience curve. Whether it is specific training for new entrants to the clinical negligence world or advanced training for our experienced practitioners, we have found Steve’s sessions to achieve the desired outcome. Steve is able to tailor his training and approach to fit the audience that he is speaking to and the feedback to his sessions, at all levels, has been overwhelmingly positive - Stephen Threlfall, Fletchers Solicitors
I've known Steve for almost a decade due to his involvement with Liverpool Law Society - he was President 2011/12. Steve was able to identify gaps in our education programme and provide training events in his area of legal expertise and as a keen blogger he has also provided events about the effective use of social media. Steve provides good, clear information and has a clear and concise delivery - feedback from our delegates has been very good. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Steve and will confidently continue to include him in our training programme – Jo Downey, Director of Education and Training, Liverpool Law Society
I have known Steve all my working life. He is passionate about the law which is evidenced in his presence on social media. I always turn to Steve’s tweets/blogs /posts for a compassionate, fair and balanced view on emerging topical legal issues. On a personal level, he is approachable and always willing to support his co- professionals and the legal profession as a whole Emma Carey, Managing Partner, MSB Solicitors
I consulted Steve regarding a merger . He was excellent throughout . Thorough and diligent . He conducted negotiations from start to finish and was trusted and respected by both sides His knowledge and experience is vast and his advice and guidance was always available and greatly appreciated .He brought about what could have been a difficult exercise with the ease and firmness of a true professional .All aspects were completed speedily diligently and to my complete satisfaction. He is a lovely man to deal with – straightforward, honest wise - and his fees are very reasonable ! I would not hesitate to recommend him - Leslie Cheeseman, Cheeseman and Co, Solicitors
I have worked with Steve for over 15 years in relation to Solicitors Indemnity Insurance - both in relation to renewal and new start-ups. He has an in depth knowledge of the requirements of insurers and the SRA. He also has many years experience in the management of risk - Phil Edwards, QPI Legal
I have known and worked with Steve for many years. He has an excellent grasp of the issues affecting the profession, and a track record of responding to and dealing with these. He’s also very good company – and a great source of information, both personally and through his superb blogs which demonstrate the depth of his knowledge in many areas Alison Lobb - Managing Partner, Morecrofts Solicitors
Steve and I originate from the same part of the country and have a number of things in common – university, law college and football club! We also share determination and a sense of justice. Steve is the paragon of a committed claimant litigation lawyer who has worked tirelessly, in and out of the office, to promote and defend the interests of injured people. Acknowledged as one of Liverpool’s leading lawyers, a great blogger and a kind, principled man – Steve will no doubt continue to help those he can and be a role model for aspiring young lawyers – Michael Williamson, Williamsons Solicitors
I initially knew of Steve through his exceptional reputation within the legal and wider business community across the North West and was aware he had previously been President of the Liverpool Law Society and Senior Partner of a highly regarded legal firm. However I have gotten to know Steve personally in recent years and can say that his down to earth, approachable manner, sense of humour, integrity, intelligence and not forgetting his great photography skills coupled with experience, skills and those personal qualities make me have no hesitation in recommending Steve. I do this knowing that in a crowded market Steve stands out David Wafer, McIver Scott Recruiting
I have known Steve throughout the whole of my legal career and although we have never worked for the same firm he has been generous with his support and time. He has vast experience in a wide range of civil litigation work and is known for his tenacity in seeking justice for his clients Chris Topping – Partner, Broudie Jackson Canter and President Liverpool Law Society
Steve’s talent for management and strategic planning was a great boost to the Liverpool Law Society when he was an officer, and he has always been and remains supportive and I value his advice in carrying out my role now. He is an expert in law firm risk and management and has graciously shared that vast knowledge at conferences and more informal events. On top of all that , he is a genuinely nice guy and always a pleasure to work with Nina Ferris, Hill Dickinson and Immediate Past President, Liverpool Law Society
I would recommend Steve as a knowledgeable lawyer who is able to deal compassionately and sympathetically with clients and colleagues. He has a pragmatic and calm approach to practice management Karen Hosker, HOFA, EAD Solicitors LLP
Steve is a technically gifted lawyer with a most comprehensive command of a notoriously complex subject matter. I would not hesitate to recommend him Paul Currie, Partner and Head of Industrial Disease, EAD Solicitors
Working with Cook Legal Ltd - the Costs Experts
I am pleased to announce that I am now working in association with Cook Legal Ltd. they provide a full costs management service that includes drafting, advovacy and negotiation. They will also provide budgets, where required. his includes the monitoring of begetted costs and help with applications to amend. Above all, Rob and Michael are nice guys who are down to earth and easy to talk to.
They recently worked with Merseyside Firm, Higgins and Co in the landmark case of Higgins & Co v Evans in which the High Court ruled that, what is known as the, death clause in the Law Society's standard CFA is enforceable. Full details are here -
They are experts in all aspects of legal costs and particularly in relation to retainers.
Their website is https://www.cook-legal.co.uk/
Or you can speak to me if you have any questions...
President Liverpool Law Society 2012
Higher Courts Advocate (Civil) 2002
Fellow Emeritus - APIL 2017
Senior Partner - EAD Solicitors LLP - 2011 - 2017