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London Accident Claims Lawyer Instructed to Act in 3 New High Profile Cases

Jenkins Smith is an accident claims lawyer who specialises in civil litigation and banking litigation. He is currently working on some very high profile cases involving governments, banks, and large corporations as you can see from the recent cases that are highlighted below.

For more information visit this recent press release on a London legal and law website.

Case 1 – IG Index Plc v Colley & Others (2013) EWHC 478 (QB)

Case 1 IG Index Plc v Colley & Others [2013] EWHC 478 (QB)
BC1 Confidential? no
BC2 Case Name
BC3 Case Description (100 words max) Complex and long running commercial dispute alleging insider dealing and derivative fraud. I acted for the 2nd Defendant in a 3 week trial before Stadlen J resulting in the longest written judgment delivered in the QBD in 2012 and currently pending Appeal
BC4 Instructing Solicitor Grosvenor Law LLP
BC5 Opposing Counsel David Mayall (Lamb Chambers)
BC6 Current Status Pending Appeal
BC7 Link to press coverage? Multiple http://www.ftadviser.com/2013/03/12/investments/alternative-investments/judge-orders-dealer-to-repay-m-over-fraudulent-trades-KtwkHmQ9OaX6kaF84OBULJ/article.html

Case 2 – Prest & Prest (Court of Appeal (2012) EWCA Civ 325

Case 2 Prest & Prest (Court of Appeal) [2012] EWCA Civ 325
BC1 Confidential? no
BC2 Case Name Prest v Prest
BC3 Case Description (100 words max) Landmark divorce proceedings with unprecedented commercial ramifications involving a high profile and widely publicised dispute regarding the availability of commercial assets and interests accumulated during the course of a marriage. I acted for the family estate asserting an interest in property alleged to fall within the husband’s pool of assets and was instructed to intervene in the ancillary relief proceedings (which were ultimately determined before the Supreme Court).
BC4 Instructing Solicitor Marc Traube of HCLS Solicitors
BC5 Opposing Counsel Jeremy Posnansky QC   Tim Amos QC
BC6 Current Status Concluded
BC7 Link to press coverage? Multiple http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed96625

Case 3 – Kevin Munday & Others v Paul Hilburn and Darren Fields and Fast Track Solutions

Case 3 Kevin Munday & Others v Paul Hilburn and Darren Fields and Fast Track Solutions
BC1 Confidential? n
BC2 Case Name Munday v Hilburn & Others
BC3 Case Description (100 words max) Landmark commercial misrepresentation claim, which is being closely followed by the FCA. The case is being treated as a landmark claim in review of the permitted scope and authority of partnerships within ‘Sale and Rent Back’ which is a regulated activity as defined by the FCA (formerly regulated under the auspices of the FSA)
BC4 Instructing Solicitor David Vaughan of Berrymans Lace Mawer
BC5 Opposing Counsel Adam Soloman Littleton Chambers
BC6 Current Status 2 week trial listed in February 2014
BC7 Link to press coverage?

Case 4 – Fairstate Limited v (1) General Enterprise & Management Limited (2) Atef Sarian [2010] EWHC 3072 (2B). 2010 WL 4810793

Case 4 Fairstate Limited v (1) General Enterprise & Management Limited (2) Atef Sarian [2010] EWHC 3072 (2B). 2010 WL 4810793
BC1 Confidential?
BC2 Case Name
BC3 Case Description (100 words max) I acted for the Defendants in a claim seeking rectification of contractual guarantee. R Salter QC sitting as a deputy High Court judge dismissed the claim. The judgment was widely published and the subject matter of a subsequent lecture given by the Chancery Bar Association as the leading authority for applying the relief of rectification in contractual disputes.  It has been reported widely and is featured in a stand-alone chapter in the current issue of ‘The Law of Guarantees’.
BC4 Instructing Solicitor Direct Access
BC5 Opposing Counsel Nicholas Berry
BC6 Current Status Concluded
BC7 Link to press coverage? http://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk
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Some Recommended Software and IT Solutions for Legal Firms and Solicitors

This week I sat down and reviewed different software packages and IT solutions that are most commonly used by legal firms and solicitors. What I’ve done is list them out below and review the pros and cons of each package. It’s not an exhaustive list by any stretch, but should provide some good pointers for lawyers and solicitors who are thinking about increasing their use of technology in their offices to help them with everyday tasks to streamline their business. You might also find a recent post I wrote about legal content marketing useful too.

amicuAmicus Attorney

This package is billed as being “designed by lawyers for lawyers” and is a legal practice management software solution. The great thing about this package is that you don’t need to use an expensive IT support company to get everything up and running. The software technology lets you control all IT aspects to your firm including billing, time management, document management and more. It can be used on standard PC, Mac, plus now iPad and iPhone if you are on the move and mobile frequently. They currently have a free trial on offer.

abcABC Law

Created by an IT Support company in London, this software lets legal professionals manage their own back-office solution without the need to outsource their IT requirements.  It is superb for those practicing in civil litigation, criminal defence, family law, personal injury, and immigration cases.  Comes with the standard items you would expect such as billing solutions, professional services, court rules and workflows, legal document templates, and also has mobile access.  No free trial is available with this one unfortunately but a great IT package none the less.

lawrdLawRD

This software and IT solutions helps lawyers and solicitors keep track of time and expenses.  But it doesn’t stop there.  It also lets you invoice clients with highly detailed billing documents and sheets, produces instant reports on profits and productivity, and lets you have an immediate top down view on their financial position of your clients.  The IT company behind the product states that LawRD helps to measure ROI (return on investment) and can improve productivity and profitability.  It is possible to set up a demo account on their website.

clioClio

According to their website, thousands of lawyers save time using Clio (and they have data that shows savings of up to 8 hours per week when using this software).  Comes with time and billing, calendars, collaboration features, and other advanced law practice management functions.  The bills and invoices that get produced by Clio look very good and can help to really make your law firm look a lot more streamlined and professional.  Pricing is handled on a monthly subscription basis with pricing starting at around £30 per month for the standard package.

imgpepPeppermint Technology

This company is an award-winning legal software provider, who have developed their Legal Service Platform.  It’s built on a Microsoft platform and includes legal case management software, document management, legal accounts, billing and time recording, business intelligence reporting, risk management features, legal online services, knowledge centre, and a CRM and marketing application.  Definitely one of the leaders, and is developed by an IT support company based in Nottingham in the Midlands. Worth a second look for sure.

imgcogCognito Software

A personal favourite of mine, this comes with practice management software, case management applications, legal accounting software, probate software, case tracking management, and even offers up hosting services for solicitors and lawyers.  They have been providing legal software services for over 20 years and are one of the longest standing players in the industry.  They are based near London (in Harlow, Essex), and can support your company either on a remote IT support basis, or over the telephone or via a contact form.

Summary and Conclusion

So to summarise and conclude, there are literally hundreds of software products on the market that are aimed at legal practices, lawyers, and solicitors – far too many to feature in this blog article.  Choosing the right package for you should be done diligently, and I would recommend taking the free trial or demo offers available before making a final decision.  Having effective IT support for your legal firm can be achieved by spending as little as £30 per month, but of course, those costs could dramatically increase depending on how many staff you employ and your personal requirements.

For legal firms with more than 50 staff, I would recommend that you use a dedicated IT support company in addition to one of these packages in order to support you with IT infrastructure and networking, as a small software package isn’t going to be the answer to all of your technology needs.

Search for software packages online and trial some services for a month before you make that final decision on which provider and supplier to go with.

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Welcome to My New Website for 2015!

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