Bott and Co was a double winner at the Modern Law Awards for its recently launched and industry-leading flight delay compensation service and the only firm to scoop two awards on the night.
As one of the largest no win no fee specialist law firms in the UK, diversified in the wake of a number of industry reforms in 2013 and established a new flight delay compensation service, becoming the first law firm in the country to specialise in delayed flight compensation claims.
Securing more than 7,500 clients and almost £3m of claims in just seven months since launching in February 2013, the flight delay compensation department picked up the Team of the Year at the Modern Law awards, and co-founder of the delayed flight legal service, Coby Benson, took home the Rising Star of the Year.
The Modern Law Awards is one of the most prestigious events on the legal calendar with the ceremony held at the Dorchester Hotel in London. The shortlisting panel recognised the innovation and endeavour of Bott and Co’s flight delay compensation team in assisting air passengers and recovering compensation for delayed and cancelled flights.
It was a fantastic and well organised event and with lots of firms taking the upheaval of the legal landscape as an opportunity with both hands, it was marvellous to be recognised among those business looking forward and not back.
Coby Benson was awarded for his part in creating the ground-breaking legal service in the Rising Star category open to solicitors less than five years qualified. The service was developed following a ruling by the European Court of Justice in October 2012 that paved the way for hundreds of thousands of claimants on delayed and cancelled flights within the past six years under EU Regulation 261.
The firm was shortlisted in each of the five categories it entered: Innovation of the Year; Team of the Year; Rising Star of the Year; Alternative Business Structure (100 employees); and Compliance Officer Legal Practice (COLP) of the Year.
Paul Hinchliffe, Managing Partner at the firm commented, “Considering the tremendous effort it took to move from concept to launch in just two months, including the integration of IT systems across two countries, winning these awards is a much welcomed recognition of our incredible team here and the service they are providing for passengers unable to recover their rightful compensation from airlines.
“It was a fantastic and well organised event and with lots of firms taking the upheaval of the legal landscape as an opportunity with both hands, it was marvellous to be recognised among those business looking forward and not back.”
On receiving the Rising Star of the Year award, Coby Benson, Technical Legal Manager said: “It’s been a great team effort to get this flight compensation service off the ground, with lots of legal research and complex technology involved. I’m very flattered that my part in this has been recognised by such a prestigious event as the Modern Law awards.”
The Regulation entitles passengers to claim up to €600 for a flight that is delayed more than three hours after its scheduled arrival time when departing from an EU airport or arriving from outside the EU on an EU carrier. The compensation is paid out based on distance travelled with smaller amounts for shorter distances.
Notes to Editors
- Bott and Co is a solicitors firm based in Wilmslow, Cheshire and specialising in personal injury and flight delay compensation.
- The company was founded in 2001 by David Bott, Paul Hinchliffe and Gary Froggatt.
- Bott and Co employ 75 staff and a quarter of those staff have received funding for training or career development from the company.
- The business had a turnover of £11.8m in 2012/13
- Bott and Co won CILEx Employer of the Year in 2010 and was runner up as Manchester Law Society’s Law Firm of the Year 2011.
- David Bott is a past president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
- Bott and Co is one of the most productive law firms in the country, ranking 4th for revenue per lawyer in The Lawyer’s UK200 in 2012.
- The firm are winners of the Modern Law Team of the Year 2013 and Rising Star awards and finalists in 3 other categories.
- Bott and Co are shortlisted at the Law Society awards 2013 for Excellence in Business Development and Innovation, Excellence in Marketing and Communications, and Junior Lawyer of the Year.
About Bott and Company
Bott and Company is a specialist consumer rights law firm founded in 2001 by David Bott, Paul Hinchliffe and Gary Froggatt and was one of the first firms to be granted Alternative Business Structure (ABS) status.
The Company believes in delivering a great value and high quality legal service to its customers and is committed to maintaining ethical conduct at all times.
Law Society Excellence Awards
Bott and Co was shortlisted for a practice management award in 2007 at the Law Society Excellence Awards and have been shortlisted for three awards for 2013.
Investors In People
We continue to be accredited as an Investor in People and receive regular audits to ensure we comply with this kitemark.
The quality and high standard of the business and the practice management is demonstrated with the award of the Lexcel Practice Management Accreditation from the Law Society.
Manchester Legal Awards
Law Firm of the Year – We are proud to have been a finalist in the category of Law Firm of the Year at the Manchester Law Society legal awards 2012.
ilex Employer of the Year 2010
Bott and Co won the ilex Employer of the Year in 2010 due in large part to our unique internal training programme – Bott Academy.
Modern Law Awards winners 2013
Bott and Co won the Team of the Year and Rising Star awards at the 2013 Modern Law Awards.
About Regulation 261/2004
The European Union has published a universal form that can be used for filing complaints in relation to Regulation 261/2004 (air passenger rights). This form must be accepted under European law by ALL airlines and ALL European national enforcement bodies.Read our article on EU Regulation 261/2004 for more information.