Clinical Negligence Screening
Screening of Clinical Negligence Cases is extremely important. I offer the following options at different stages of a case.
This is all about accepting or rejecting cases at the start. I will review initial instructions and provide a preliminary view on merits including limitation and any advice given by previous solicitors. I have handled hundreds of cases over the years and can often identify whether a matter should be taken on. I will also summarise the issues and what steps are required to investigate. In most cases a light investigation will suffice. In others it might be clear that a full investigation should begin right away.
Cost – for a free-standing screening £50, but I am happy to agree a fixed fee for looking at larger numbers. The fee is only payable in cases where I recommend acceptance.
This will follow the initial medical report. It will include advice on merits, quantum and any further evidence. This can also include a risk assessment for CFA purposes.
Cost - as above but reduced by 50% if I have previously done a Stage 1 screening.
Full support package
I also offer consultancy support throughout the life of case to include the above screening and then further reviews at key stages including reviewing letters of claim, responses from NHS resolution, settlement, issue of proceedings and review of pleadings, directions etc. This will include assistance by email, telephone as required as the matter progresses.
For this full package I am happy to work on the basis of an initial payment of £50 and then 10% of your base costs payable at the conclusion of a successful case only.
I am also happy to mix and match the above if preferred.
Check your retainer
I have been helping firms with their response to the recent Court of Appeal decision in Herbert v HH Law Ltd and the impact on how PI firms calculate their success fees and other deductions from damages. I have reviewed client care letters and other retainer documents. I have redrafted these documents and advised on what is needed to ensure that firms can ensure that their arrangements are compliant. Contact me to discuss further.
Associates - McIver Scott Recruitment
I have often been approached by lawyers who are looking for a new challenge and have been able to place them with firms who are looking to recruit. I have also worked with law firms who are looking for new talent. In order to offer the best possible help, I am now working in association with McIver Scott. They are a multi award winning recruitment company headed by well known Liverpool business leader, David Wafer. If you have any recruitmrnt needs please contact me for a discussion.
Consultancy and Training
I am currently running the fiollowing courses
Occupational Disease and
Practice and Procedure
I am regularly asked to speak at training events and conference. In April 2018 I spoke at the Associaltion of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Annual Conference on Social Media Lawyers. In September 2018 I spoke at the PI Futures Conference on the topic of success fees and risk assessments. In April 2019 I am speaking on ther future of Personal Injury work at the SK Medical Conference in Liverpool.
I do contiunue to offer consultancy services. For the last 2 years I have assisted lawyers and law firms in relation to - Practice Management, Compliance, Training and Social Media. I have advised on start up projects including ABSs. In July 2018 I helped well known Liverpool firm Cheesemans with their merger with MSB Solicitors. This has enabled their principal to work towards retirement in the knowledge that his staff are secure and that he does not have the worry of buying run-off indemnity cover.
I also help lawyers in relation to personal injury work and costs.
I am committed to Access to Justice for All and was shortlisted for the Law Works Outstanding Contribution to Access to Justice in 2018.
Full details of the advice and help I offer are set out in theTraining and Services sections of this site.
Associates - Statement Drafting
Statement Drafting Services
I am delighted to announce my association with Statement Drafting Services
They offer a highly professional services drafting statements, particularly in complex cases including Clinical Negligence. They also assist in accident reconstruction, injury photography and translation. This type of service is invaluable in many hogher value cases. They are based in Liverpool but offer a nationwide service. Their directors, Gilly and Jenny are also very friendly and approacable.
They are on 0151 372 4444 and their website is at statementdraftingservices.com
Or you can contact me and I will discuss your needs and contact them for you.
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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
President Liverpool Law Society 2012
Higher Courts Advocate (Civil) 2002
Fellow Emeritus - APIL 2017
Senior Partner - EAD Solicitors LLP - 2011 - 2017
I am currently helping firms whho are reviewing their client care documents and funding agreements following recent developments including the recent Court of Appeal decision in Herbert v HH Law Ltd and recoverable success fees. I will review your existing documents and assist with amendments to the documents thremselves or the entire process. In most cases I will do this for a fixed fee of £300. Contact me