David is the Senior Partner at Bott and Co. He established the firm with Paul Hinchliffe and Gary Froggatt. The trio shared a vision they remain committed to today, namely to provide an unrivalled service to individual clients.
“At Bott and Co the customer experience is at the core of what we do. We aim to understand their specific issues to get the best settlement, in the quickest time, through the use of great IT and personable lawyers. This is why we continue to have a 4.7/5 customer satisfaction rating on Feefo and our clients would also recommend us to friends and family.”
David trained at a general high street practice in Stockport. After qualifying, he worked as a commercial litigator at Keoghs in Bolton (a defendant insurer practice). He is well versed in dealing with the most demanding of clients, often in both complex and challenging situations, having represented individuals from a range of backgrounds for several years.
Passionate about the rights of claimants David regularly lectures on Business Management, the changes in law and the Protocols, Personal Injury Law, Flight Delay Law and Lexcel, the Law Society’s kite-mark on excellence in practice management. He regularly speaks at conferences and has appeared on BBC1 (The One Show, Watchdog, Rip-Off Britain, North West Tonight), Radio 4 (Moneybox), Radio 5 and local radio stations.
Road traffic accidents
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Having been extensively involved in the MOJ streamline process, David sits on the “Portal Co” and “MedCo” boards, as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) representative.
April 2006 – elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and he continues to sit on the committee. He was also elected to the Executive Committee of the Legal Management Section of the Law Society and sat on the Committee until 2012. During that time he served as Vice Chairman for two years.
April 2011 – April 2012: APIL President
What has been your personal highlight of 2014?
Attending my wife’s PhD ceremony. She had worked for four years on her doctorate. It was approved in April and the ceremony was in December. I was very proud to see her in her robes and hat, and to see the pride that my two girls had in her. It really was a heart-warming day.
What motivates you in your job role?
I always want to show the world how good Bott and Co is so I try and tell the world what great things we do and what superb people we have at every given opportunity. I want the world to know us as that really good and really innovative law firm. Equally I’d like the world to talk that way about our staff. I personally believe that most people want to be known as being good at what they do and so I do all that I can to make that the case for Bott and Co.
What is your business motto?
On a purely business note it’s important to remember that “It’s easy to be quick and wrong or slow and right.” The trick is to be quick and right! On a more personal note, I think it’s really important to try to switch off when you leave work. You’re working for the benefit of your family so give them the time and mental energy that they deserve.
With whom would you most like to have a coffee?
David Bowie – without a doubt!
How do you relax outside of work?
I do get a bit sports-obsessed and I’ve found myself becoming a bit of a cycling bore of late. But aside from sport then spending time with the family is always a good way to unwind.
What are you looking forward to in 2015?
Taking some time out for family holidays – and I’ve also signed myself up to cycle an alpine stage of the Tour de France so that promises to be a memorable experience!
What differentiates Bott and Co from other Law firms offering the same services?
I tend to think that most law firms who do what we do are pretty beige. I hope that via our personality, our commitment and our systems, we have a bit more colour than the others.
Have you made any new year’s resolutions, if so, what are they?
I’ve decided to keep my resolutions simple in 2015 and try to stick to “Drink less! Cycle more, and live more in the moment.
What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
This is an easy one! It has to be my ongoing delight of being with my wife since 1989 and having two amazing girls.
Do you think small law firms still have a place with the advent of so many large law firms?
The short answer is yes. But I don’t think they will look like “old style” law firms. They will have to be innovative and truly superb at what they do to remain profitable.