All the latest news from the legal industry as well as information relating to Bott & Co and our company developments and events.

In depth articles written by our expert legal team members covering subjects such as specific cases, changes in the industry and changes in law.

Civil Liability Bill: It’s a Liability

By David Bott. The government has decided that in order to reduce fraud and the perception of a compensation culture they will slash the amount of compensation that you, an innocent motorist is entitled to.

The Power of Bicycles

Bott & Co are teaming up with the Bott Cycle Team and World Bicycle Relief (WBR) to help promote the fantastic #Challenge95 campaign!

A Hat Trick for Bott & Co at 2017 Modern Claims Awards

This year’s awards saw Bott & Co shortlisted in five categories and we managed to scoop Law Firm of the Year, Technology Initiative of the Year, and Specialist Legal Team of the Year and was highly commended for Employee of the Year and Employer of the Year.

A guide to the Proposed Whiplash Reforms 2017

On Thursday 17th November the Ministry of Justice published “Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury (“whiplash”) Claims Process. A consultation on arrangements concerning personal injury claims in England and Wales”.

5 minutes with… Nelema Akhtar

Nelema joined Bott & Co in 2015 as a Legal Assistant for the Holiday Sickness Team. We take a coffee break to find out all about Nelema.

5 minutes with…Holly Atkinson

Holly joined Bott & Co in 2015 as an Administrative Assistant for the Road Traffic Accident Team, handling client queries daily. We take a coffee break to find out all about Holly.

5 minutes with… Tuesday Porritt

Tuesday has been at Bott & Co since 2008 when she got a job as an Office Junior after leaving Wilmslow High School Sixth Form and deciding university wasn’t for her. She has more recently moved into the Operations Team from the accounts department.

Dave is braving the shave!

David Bott, Senior Partner at Bott & Co Solicitors has decided to “Brave the Shave”. David is doing this for Macmillan Cancer support in memory of his father, who unfortunately passed away in 2006 after a short 3 month battle with cancer.

5 minutes with…Gemma McCarthy

Gemma started at Bott & Co in 2015 as a member of the Flight Delay Compensation Team. Since joining, Gemma has decided that she wants to pursue a career in law and is currently studying CILEx through the Bott Academy alongside her job role.

5 minutes with…Laurence Taylor

Laurence started at Bott & Co in April 2015 as an Office Junior. Within a few months he progressed to the role of Legal Assistant and now specialises in the relatively new area of law – holiday illness.

5 minutes with…Tony Tierney

Tony is a Legal Manager at Bott & Co with direct responsibility for the Road Traffic Accident department, Credit Hire and LVI/Fraud Teams.

5 minutes with Claire Shallcross

Claire started at Bott & Co in 2015 as an Office Assistant and is now a member of the Flight Delay Team, specialising in recovering flight compensation for passengers with delayed and cancelled flights.

Bott & Co celebrates its 15th Birthday

When Bott & Co was first set up on 22nd January 2001 by David Bott, Gary Froggatt and Paul Hinchliffe, the firm was a small personal injury company with just 23 members of staff.

5 minutes with… Saphina Uddin

During her time at Bott & Co, Saphina has risen through the ranks from Office Junior to Office Administrator and more recently on to Portal Fee Earner. Whilst working, she has also been studying through the Bott Academy to further her career.

5 Minutes with… Judith Mason

Judith is a Legal Executive who joined Bott & Co in 2004. Her role involves handling all types of personal injury cases, namely workplace public liability and road traffic accidents. More recently, Judith has been involved in the inception of the Holiday Illness Team at Bott & Co.

5 Minutes With…Jodi Ferns

Jodi is a Portal Fee Earner who joined Bott & Co in November 2014. Jodi specialises in Road Traffic Accidents, taking on claims from the initial call. She likes to interact with new clients and ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.

5 Minutes With…Nicki Warburton

Nicki Warburton joined the Bott & Co Flight Delay Team at the end of March this year. Nicki’s previous jobs have been varied but she now believes she has found her calling in life.

David Bott Prepares for La Marmotte

David Bott, Senior Partner of Bott & Co is this year taking part in La Marmotte – an annual, one-day cyclosportive event in France. The ride, which is considered as one of the hardest in Europe, covers 109 miles and 5,180m of ascent over four of the Tour de France's notorious passes.

5 Minutes With …Tristan Sands

Tristan is a Solicitor specialising in Road Traffic Accidents at Bott & Co. Tristan has over 7 years experience dealing with all aspects of Road Traffic Accident claims, from uninsured loss recovery to personal injury claims.

Social Media, the Internet and Insurance Companies

Written by Adele Farnaby The internet and social media has undoubtedly made the world a far smaller and more accessible place. Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and Instagram to name a few, have enabled us to stay connected and share information with people all over the world, however information shared on these sites is often available for public viewing and people we don’t even know can see information we put out there.

5 Minutes with… Sanita Gillespie

Sanita is a Litigation Executive specialising in Road Traffic Accidents here at Bott & Co. She started her career with us as a Junior in 2003 after studying Law, Performing Arts, Business and English Literature at college. Her hard work and dedication meant she quickly climbed the ladder to become a Team Leader here at Bott & Co.

5 minutes with Kim Allen

You may have seen Bott & Co client Kim Allen in the media a lot recently because of a flight delay claim that we’re handling for her.

5 minutes with… CFRT

Our in-house Client First Response Team works over 90 hours a week, including evenings, weekends and bank holidays to deliver expert advice and care to our clients when they need it most.

5 Minutes With… David Bott

Meet the man who puts the Bott in Bott & Co! David Bott is the Senior Partner at Bott & Co and established the firm along with Paul Hinchliffe and Gary Froggatt in 2001. We catch up with David to hear his thoughts on 2014, what motivates him and what he is most looking forward to in the year ahead.

5 Minutes with… The IT Crowd

Bott & Co’s IT team work extremely hard to maintain our high standards of client care. The team plays a key role in keeping the business online which means we are able to access your case records at the click of a button whenever you call.

Bott & Co Cycle For Charity

Bott & Co staff were joined by the Bott Cycle Team and their sponsors to ride 60 miles for charity from Manchester to Blackpool on 13th July 2014. Staff have so far raised £1,759.01 for Cancer Research and The Spinal Injuries Association.

More than 20 employees at the law firm were joined by the official Bott cycle team which includes Roy Holmes, the current British Cycling and LVRC 50+ Road Race Champion.

UK Car Insurance Premiums Drop by 12.5%

The average comprehensive motor insurance policy fell by £92 in 2013 to £644 according to Confused.com’s price index, but selective price increases appeared across some policies.

Injured Victims Would Be Losers If No Win No Fee Ended

The Legal Ombudsman is considering scrapping the term ‘no win, no fee’ after a recent report showed some law firms had wrongly charged clients who had entered into no win, no fee agreements.

The watchdog said it dealt with around 600 cases last year where claimants were wrongly billed for “significant and unexpected costs” which resulted in firms paying out a total of nearly £1million in compensation.

Drivers Footing Bill For Unnecessary Claims Costs From Insurers Says Competition Commission

Car insurance premiums are too high and the current insurance market is not working in favour of motorists, according to a recent investigation by the UK’s competition watchdog.

The Competition Commission is concerned by complex chain of payments for repairs and replacement cars between insurers of both parties following an accident, which adds in an estimated £150 million to £200 million onto motor insurance premiums each year.

What Is The “Spirit Of LASPO”?

Over the last couple of months a new phrase has arisen. It has been used by insurers who have concerns that claims management companies (or even other insurers) could pass on clients to recommended lawyers without selling their details. This is not unlawful, but it has been described by the defendant lobby as “not within the spirit of LASPO”. So what exactly is the spirit of LASPO?

David Bott To Address APIL Conference On Funding

David Bott, Senior Partner of law firm Bott & Co will today address the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) conference when he delivers a joint speech on funding, alongside James Hunt from the Allied Irish Bank.

The conference, which is taking place at the Marble Arch Hotel in Central London, will hear the former APIL President talk about how law firms can work and operate with practical advice on operating costs and funding.

A Guide To The Jackson Reforms

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Sir Rupert Jackson, a senior judge at the Court of Appeal, was asked by the Master of the Rolls, Sir Anthony Clarke to carry out a review into civil costs. The review commenced at the start of 2009 and was presented to the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw in January 2010.

Here we provide you with a guide to the Jackson reforms in relation to personal injury and how they are likely to have an impact on you.

Axa Calls for Mandatory MRI Scans and a 3-day limit for Whiplash Claims

A report published this week by one of the world’s leading insurers, Axa has called on the government to adopt a series of recommendations which include imposing a three-day limit in which whiplash claims have to be recorded if they are to succeed, and making it mandatory for there to be physical evidence such as an MRI scan or an X-Ray to back-up a whiplash compensation claim.

Axa believes that its recommendations would reduce the number of fraudulent and exaggerated whiplash claims. In the report, it states that there have been some cases whereby a whiplash diagnosis has been given over the telephone by a doctor rather than face to face.

Bott & Co Cycle from Manchester to Blackpool for Charity

Staff at Bott & Co raised £5,000 for charity on Sunday when they cycled 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool in aid of Cancer Research and the Spinal Injuries Association. Over 20 employees at the law firm were joined by the official Bott cycle team which includes Roy Holmes, the current British Cycling and LVRC 50+ Road Race Champion.

Law Society Urge Government To Delay Portal Extension

The President of the Law Society has urged the Justice Minister, Helen Grant to delay the implementation of the new fast-track system and portal expansion stating that it is “unacceptable” that the government have not published new procedure rules for the reforms which come into effect on 31st July 2013.

The extension of the road traffic accident (RTA) portal will mean that from the end of July 2013, the portal will cover both public and employer liability claims. The reforms will also mean that there will be fixed fees for all claims valued at up to £25,000 - the majority of cases fall into this category.

Rise In Small Claims Limit Will Flood Small Claims Court

The Association of British Insurers have said they do not believe raising the small claims limit to £5,000 for personal injury cases will affect access to justice. Following the Transport Committee’s Whiplash Inquiry on 17th June the head of motor and liability, James Dalton said:

“Naturally there has been a howl of protest from the personal injury lawyers who can see that the gravy train of excessive fees may soon hit the buffers. They argue that “access to justice” will be undermined and that lawyers are needed to represent the interests of the claimant.”

RTA Portal Fee Cut To Start End Of April.

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed that the government intends to press ahead with its plans to overhaul fixed recoverable fees for RTA Portal claims.

Not budging from its initial recommendations in November of last year, Grayling outlined that fixed recoverable costs for RTA Portal claims up to £10,000 will be cut from £1200 to £500. The only difference is that implementation will be delayed until the end of April.

In addition, fixed costs for RTA claims worth up to £25,000 will be set at £800, while the horizontal expansion of the Portal will start from the end of July covering employer and public liability claims. Fees will be set at £900 for cases up to £10,000 and £1600 for cases worth up to £25,000.

CJC Says £500 Fixed Fee is Unrealistic

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has told the government that the proposed £500 fixed fee for handing cases through the RTA portal may be "unrealistic."

The report goes on to recommend that the government should "give more detailed consideration to the issues involved and afford affected businesses more time to plan and prepare effectively for change."

Sharply pulling into focus the effects any such decision on fees could affect genuine access to justice, the report makes reference to amongst others, Professor Fenn's recommendations, stating "a cautious approach should be taken to the figures set out in the Final Costs Report… at the present time the most appropriate revision of those figures should be to update them in the light of any inflationary change since they were formulated.

APIL & MASS Launch Judicial Review Over Portal Fee Cut

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and The Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) launched a Judicial Review last Friday afternoon of the Government's proposal to cut fixed fees in the RTA portal from £1200 to £500.

APIL: Non-referral Fee Firms Pay £500 To Acquire Cases

A new survey of APIL members suggests that over 50% of personal injury firms do not pay referral fees, but do spend an average of £500 to acquire cases.

The report showed the mean cost of acquisition for RTA cases between £1000 & £10,000 to be £444, and a median cost of £550. The mean figure rose slightly for RTA cases between £10,000 and £25,000 to £450, while the median remained the same.

The report also showed that the average cost of EL accident cases was £550 (median) although this dropped for EL disease to between £229 and £250. Public Liability cases were also costed at £550.

Extension of RTA Portal To Be Reconsidered

With just weeks to go before the proposed extension of the road accident claims process to include other injury claims was due to come into effect, the move is now being reconsidered.

The proposal to extend the RTA portal claims system horizontally to include employer's and public liability claims and vertically to increase all claim limits to £25,000, was slated for launch in April 2013, and had been criticised by many as rushed and ill-conceived since it was first announced by the Ministry of Justice.

Drop in whiplash claims: where’s the drop in insurance premiums?

Momentum is gathering behind a recent government report showing a fall in the number of whiplash claims with up to 10 per cent drops in some areas.

The Compensation Recovery Unit statistics showed there were 547,405 whiplash claims in 2011/12, compared to 571,111 in 2010/11, despite average motor premiums increasing during that period.

In addition a survey from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) a non-profit organisation supporting the rights of injured people, showed that almost 40% of whiplash sufferers hadn’t ever claimed for their injuries but that 30% had been encouraged to make a claim by insurance companies themselves.

Has Health And Safety Gone Mad?

This is a common headline in the popular press but is it really the case that health and safety legislation is out of control and that the country is gripped by a compensation culture?