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LAW 2013 Roadshow

In May the Lowry Hotel in Manchester saw the return of the popular conference and networking event organised by the SOLICITORS group – the LAW 2013 Roadshow. It was home turf for Your Expert Witness – members of the magazine’s staff were on hand to introduce those amongst the estimated 1,000 or so legal professionals in attendance still unfamiliar with the title to the range of news and special features the journal has to offer.

The LAW 2013 Roadshow combines continuous professional development conferences for legal professionals with an exhibition of services on offer. The popularity of the exhibition led to a welcome boost in circulation for Your Expert Witness, while new friends were made and old acquaintances renewed.

The two days of concentrated activity meant the many experts who advertise in Your Expert Witness saw their services promoted to an even wider readership among solicitors than previously.

Director of business development Ian Wild was enthusiastic about the results. “It was certainly a worthwhile event. We generated a lot of interest in the publication and added value for our advertisers,” he said. “We will certainly be attending further events this year to promote the magazine to an even wider audience.”

The event was one of a series of roadshows around the country. The 2013 series launched in Birmingham in February, where Ian and his colleagues saw similar success.

The roadshows, however, are just one element in the whole range of events and services on offer from the SOLICITORS group – the largest collection of law firms in England and Wales and organisers of the profession’s largest legal conferences and training exhibitions across the UK.

It claims a membership of 22,000 likeminded professionals and offers training services and the profession’s largest buying group.

Law firms join either as an associate or full member. Associate membership is free of charge and the full membership fee is set according to the size of the firm.

Among the range of services available to the legal profession, in addition to the CPD training events throughout the country, are DVDs and CDs on a full range of CPD topics, online training modules and inhouse courses.

There is also a range of directories featuring experts in all areas of law.

The latest innovation from the group is a news channel available on You Tube:

Because the SOLICITORS group has a large number of law firms in membership it is able to partner with suppliers of all kinds to the legal profession to generate special offers and discounts for its members.

Everything from insurance to stationery and from accounts software to property searches is available at a special rate from the group’s preferred suppliers.

See this along with much more in our Online Edition

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 11:18

Manchester lawyers cycle Arctic Norway for charity

Dan-Walker-and-Jim-TruscottA duo of Manchester lawyers swapped their suits for cycle helmets for an Arctic adventure raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Jim Truscott (Partner) and Dan Walker (Associate) from Manchester law firm Heatons LLP have returned triumphant from their 1000km, 10 day challenge which saw them travel from Bodo, just above the Arctic Circle, to Hammerfest, the most northerly city in the world.

With a mission statement of ‘getting out there, setting and achieving personal challenges’, the team overcame aches, pains and other obstacles to raise over £2,500 for three poignant charities; Christies, Sands and Arthritis UK.

The expedition was completely self-funded, with any donations going straight to the causes.

Heatons Partner, Jim Truscott noted;

“At times we felt like we were on Man v Wild – I’m sure even Bear Grylls would have found it tough going. We had to contend with challenging terrain and punishing weather, it was relentless. Saying that, the experience was one of a lifetime and raising that amount for charity is the icing on the cake”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 20:52

Expert witness use in family courts is on the decline, study finds

Picture of the Royal Courts of Justice for Your Expert Witness storyResearch published on 6 June by Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – indicates that the instruction of expert witnesses in cases involving care applications in family courts is decreasing. Experts were instructed in 70% of the cases in a study sample, in contrast to a study concluded in 2009, which found that experts were instructed in 92% of cases.

According to the report, the findings are in line with recommendations in the Family Justice Review, published in 2011, which acknowledged the positive contribution of expert evidence, but identified a “…trend towards an increasing and…unjustified use of expert witness reports, with consequent delay for children”.

While the study found that fewer experts were instructed in the sample cases than had been found in previous research, a survey of Cafcass Children’s Guardians found they felt that those who were instructed were beneficial to cases, rating 88% of expert witnesses as ‘overall beneficial’.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 16:04


Family court experts face MoJ crackdown

Picture of Lord McNally for Your Expert Witness storyThe Ministry of Justice has announced national standards aimed at raising the quality of experts in family courts. The ministry says it is in order to “…get rid of time-consuming evidence which adds little value in helping judges reach a decision”.

It is the latest in a series of reforms which are designed to improve and speed up the family justice system. The MoJ says the standards will mean evidence provided in a family court can only be given by qualified, experienced and recognised professionals.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 16:01


APIL claims DWP whiplash figures expose insurance ‘myths’

Photo of Matthew Stockwell for Your Expert witness storyThe Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has released figures showing that the number of claims for whiplash injuries has fallen to a five-year low. The figures form part of the association’s evidence to a cross-party inquiry into the issue of whiplash claims and was obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Welcoming the inquiry, which follows claims of fraud and excessive claims by the insurance industry and the Government, APIL’s President Matthew Stockwell said: “The Transport Committee inquiry finally presents a real chance to challenge hackneyed and groundless propaganda about whiplash-related injuries which has been promulgated by the insurance industry for far too long.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 16:47