On 1 December 2020 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Pimlett v Curo Places Limited EWCA Civ 1621 where prior judgments in the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal were overturned.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is pleased to have been ranked as a Band 1 firm once again for Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant, Family/Matrimonial and Social Housing, having also been recognised as a ‘national leader’ in Social Housing for the 6th year running.
Other ranked departments include Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant, Social Housing: Finance, Charities, Court of Protection, Local Government, Public Procurement, Construction and Employment.
Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant
A well-regarded team offering a wealth of expertise in a broad range of claims involving brain injury, negligent surgery and misdiagnosis. Demonstrates additional aptitude in handling human rights matters. Offers a comprehensive client service, including access to in-house qualified experts to advise on the medical intricacies of cases.
Equipped to advise sizeable local and national clients, including a number of housing trusts, on sophisticated matters. One client commends the team for its "supportive and comprehensive legal service delivered in a friendly and easy-to-understand way."
Sources say this is "probably the best firm in the Midlands for children law," adding that "its solicitors are extremely driven and focused" as well as "leaders in the field."
[Elizabeth] possesses a market-leading practice in financial remedy proceedings, including cross-border mandates. Sources enthuse: "She is one of the doyennes of family law in Birmingham."
She is incredibly knowledgeable, forthright and a pleasure to work with. "She's excellent - extremely dedicated and very client-focused."
[Jonathan] attracts an impressive roster of housing association clients. "He is an absolute star; creative, responsive and supportive and a real expert in the field."
[Lucy] is a dedicated social housing property lawyer who acts for registered providers on wide-ranging development and regeneration transactions, including site acquisitions and planning-related issues. "Lucy Worrall is knowledgeable, very responsive and reliable."
Maintains a strong reputation for his longstanding sector expertise, which enables him to advise registered providers and local authorities on a range of regulatory concerns. "He has a real strategic overview of the sector and is very solution-focused."
Described by interviewees as "an exceptional lawyer" who "has a laser-sharp legal mind and is tactically astute.” A source highlights that his "intelligence is matched by tremendous empathy towards his clients and the ability to simplify what might be quite complex issues."
Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant
Birmingham-based team fielding notable experience in representing adult and child claimants. One client appreciates that the team "made the whole process, which was pretty scary at times, so much easier."
Social Housing: Finance
One source reports: "They provide regular briefings which are informative, clear and well presented." adding: "They are professional, offer good value and work well together as a team."
[Jas] is knowledgeable in child care law, including cases involving domestic abuse and adoption matters. Sources say he is "excellent in his field."
[Natalie] is experienced in a range of social housing finance matters. "She is very knowledgeable and experienced, has good commercial knowledge and strong negotiation skills." "She is a fantastic lawyer."
"Victoria Jardine is an excellent leader whose approach is both professional and pragmatic, with a clear focus on delivering her clients' objectives." "She is pragmatic and commercial."
Associates to watch
"He has sound knowledge of the area and is good on both defined contribution and defined benefit schemes."
She has experience in cases entailing claims of abuse and domestic violence. One interviewee describes her as "extremely well organised."
Advises on a variety of clinical negligence claims, including birth brain injury cases.
Praised by one source for being able to “explain and simplify the complexities of a case,” with another interviewee adding that she is “good at dealing with the complicated and very high-maintenance cases.”
For part 3 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews senior associate Madhur Sharma on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
On 26 November 2020 further changes to the 'Building Regulations: Fire safety - Approved Document B' will take effect.
Last week, the NHF published its final version of its new Code of Governance and made some important changes from the previous draft that will impact on those housing associations looking to adopt it.
As the end of 2020 beckons, we take a look at what progress the Sterling market has made in its preparations for the end of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) on 31 December 2021.
Finally, there is a glimmer of hope that perhaps the Covid-19 pandemic could be reaching its end.
For part 2 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews senior associate Lisa Whitehouse on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
Delayed since Spring 2020 as the Government tackled the Covid-19 crisis, Tuesday 17 November saw the publication of the Social Housing White Paper, setting out the future regulation of the sector
In this ebriefing, we examine how the duty holder regime will apply to social housing providers with existing HRRBs in their housing stock.
Following Katherine's "heads up" last week, the Government has now confirmed that for claim periods post 1 December, employers will not be able to claim for employees who are serving their notice
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