Complete Counsel sponsor the Women Lawyers Merseyside Annual Charity Quiz

Complete Counsel are proud to sponsor the Women Lawyers Merseyside Annual Charity Quiz.

All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Marie Curie.

See below for full details.

Andrea Barnes finds Complete solution to costs practice

Leading costs lawyer and former head of costs at Clerksroom has decided to use Complete Counsel to manage part of her costs practice.

Complete Counsel is a business offering targeted support for barristers on a contractual basis. Barristers can use its services as a sole Practitioner or whilst remaining a tenant at existing chambers.

Andrea said ‘I was recommended CC by Michelle Fanneran, another cost specialist and was curious to see if such a business would work for me. After a short trial period I found the service swift, appropriate and value for money. I am happy to have found such a good home for some of my specialised costs work, particularly in the Midlands and North West of England.’

Claire Labio, Practice Director Of Complete Counsel commented, “Andrea is very much in the mould of a barrister who will benefit from using our service. She is a specialist with a resourceful approach. She is clear in her expectations and we believe we can meet those.”

Andrea will continue to practise from 218 Strand Chambers in London.

Here’s to 2018

So, as another year passes I thought I’d look back on the achievements of 2017 and think ahead to 2018 with all the promise it could bring.

We started out in 2015 with the sole purpose of creating a lean model, one with collaboration, co-working and non-conformity at its heart.

Sure there were naysayers, those who thought there was no room in the market for a niche company providing all the support a barrister needed at a fraction of the cost and no building noose around their necks. Fast forward almost 3 years and I’m pleased to say those sceptics were quite obviously wrong. Our starting team of 3 Barristers became 8, all with established and flourishing practices.

We have no overdraft and no need for one, consultancy contracts in place of full time employees allowing me to buy in what I need from whom whenever I need it. Our IT, social media sites and para legal support all provided by energetic, idea fuelled individuals with a thirst to shake things up a bit, heck perhaps even a lot with their brilliant but cost effective ideas. 2018 I hope will continue in the same vein. Excited to see who the 9th Barrister to join us will be. Happy New Year everyone.

Thank you to all those who continue to support me on the best journey of my life. Your friendship is invaluable.

Band 1 again in Chambers & Partners…

2nd November 2017

Band 1 again in Chambers & Partners and spotlight table for Charles Feeny in Clin Neg and Industrial Disease. ‘Widely recognised as leading clin neg specialist. Popular choice for firms looking to fight intricate cases on causation and quantum’.  ‘Highly esteemed by peers for his exceptional expertise in Industrial Disease matters, approachable, authoritative and excellent’.

Ana Samuel to present at NAMDET

Ana Samuel is delighted to be speaking on Medical Device Incidents at the NAMDET conference in Birmingham today. Looks to be an eventful day.

http://namdet.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Final-2017-CONFERENCE-PROGRAMME.pdf

Charles Feeny has been invited to join the CEDR Mediator Panel

We are delighted to announce that Charles Feeny has been invited to join the CEDR Mediator Panel and becomes their only accredited Mediator in Liverpool.

View Charles’ profile page here.

The next CEDR event deals with ‘Mediation in Public Healthcare’ which is due to take place on 26th September. Full details can be found here.

Spotlight on Claire Labio – My Planet Liverpool

Thanks to My Planet Liverpool for featuring Complete Counsel in the recent issue of their magazine. Take a look at the images below or visit their website to view the digital version.

Mediation: the cost effective answer for Employers following the Supreme Court’s ruling

Mediation is already quicker and cheaper than more traditional legal practices, and it could be about to become a far more practical solution for businesses across the UK.

A Supreme Court ruling that the imposition of fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims is unlawful is set to have an enormous impact on the number of claims, which could put some companies in severe financial danger.

The imposition of the fees led to a 79% reduction in claims over the last three years, but the ruling will no doubt result in an exponential rise in claims, which will result in increased costs and disruption for businesses.

The potential costs include meeting the claim and potentially, through the imposition of a revised fee regime, a requirement to pay a fee to defend a claim.

Not only does the decision have implications for future claims but there is a real potential for those who did not pursue previous claims, due to the level of fees involved. They will now seek to bring a claim out of time and try to argue that either it was not reasonably practicable to bring a claim within the requisite time period due to the cost of fees involved and/or that it would be just and equitable to extend the period of time for bringing a claim.

Offering mediation as an alternative will not only cut the time taken to achieve a result, but it will also be significantly more cost-effective for employers. Not only is it cheaper in the long term but less time is also lost preparing for and undertaking the full legal process, as mediation can be organised and settled within a week.

While it has a success rate of between 80-90%, mediation also means the matter is kept confidential between parties and the outside world, meaning the effects on the business will be kept to the minimum.

Complete Mediation has a diverse team of experienced mediators, a number with Employment Law backgrounds who can assist you in resolving your dispute.

Mediation fees start from just £200 plus VAT, so for more details, please contact support@completemediation.co.uk or call us on 0333 241 2331 to see how we can help you.

All change – new discount rate

On the 27th February 2017 the MOJ announced that the discount rate, previously set at 2.5%, would drop down to -0.75% with effect from the 20th March 2017.

Whilst a drop had been expected no one could have predicted such a massive decrease. 
The resultant effect will be a significant increase in respect of future losses in personal injury claims.

Whilst the government has imposed the change it has failed to provide amended Ogden tables to accompany the rate change. However, PI calculator has provided amended calculations to assist in the short term.

What does this change mean?

  • Claimants are likely to withdrawn part 36 offers.
  • Defendants are likely to try to accept part 36 offers before they are withdrawn.
  • JSM’s are likely to be postponed as Claimant’s seek to re-calculate and Defendant’s await the possibility of the discount rate being re-visited following potential judicial review.
  • There are likely to be arguments over the applicability of part 36 offers and whether they afford cost protection in the future.
  • Schedules and Counter-schedules will need to be re-drafted.
  • There may be arguments over the calculation of a -0.75 discount rate given that it is not as straight forward as averaging the rates for 0-.5% and -1%.
  • PPO’s are arguably redundant, as it would make little sense for a Claimant to choose a periodical payment when they could have a lump sum calculated on a negative discount rate.
  • Costs are likely to increase given that an increase in damages will make higher cost bills proportionate.
  • Insurance policies are likely to increase in cost to cover the additional financial liability.
  • What becomes of Table 27?

Does this impact on all future losses?

– It is unclear at present whether it applies to Roberts v Johnstone calculations for future accommodation costs. If it were to apply then this would lead to a negative outcome, which can’t have been intended given that the basis for altering the discount rate was to make future loss figures fairer for Claimants.

Conclusion

The imposition of a negative discount rate absent guidance will lead to uncertainty, increased costs and satellite litigation.

Come to our Chronic Pain Seminar

Chronic pain is a controversial presentation in PI claims. Claimants often seek damages for what are said to be life-changing conditions, which are not always wholly explained by established pathology and which Defendants and insurers frequently dispute. Issues as to vulnerability and causation cause further complication.

Pro-Vide Law, in association with Complete Counsel, are presenting an interactive seminar on chronic pain at 2pm on Friday 5th May at The Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 6 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool.

We have a great line up of Speakers to include Dr Andreas Goebel – Associate Professor at the Liverpool Walton Centre and Assistant Professor for Pain medicine at The University of Liverpool, Dr Eric Ghadiali – Clinical Neuropsychologist, Professor Gus Baker – Emeritus Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Barristers Charles Feeny and Tom Goodhead from Complete Counsel.

The seminar will explain the various pathologies which can be implicated in a chronic pain disorder by reference to a fictional case and discuss the criteria for diagnosing such a disorder. The alternative possibilities of a factitious disorder or malingering will be explored.

The seminar will include an interactive “hot tubbing session” where the experts will present conflicting views as to credibility, diagnosis and prognosis.

The audience will be given the opportunity to raise issues and questions with the experts. Spaces are limited for this event. Tickets are £35.00 per person.

Registration – 2:00pm
Seminar – 2:15 – 4:30pm

Seminar followed by drinks and a chance to discuss the issues.

To book a place, please email claire.labio@completecounsel.co.uk