An independent law firm is bucking the industry’s gloomy trend of closures and job losses by expanding its business and taking on new staff.
Shaw and Co Solicitors have engaged two new legal assistants to help its stable of solicitors and legal executives handle the workload from its offices in Newcastle and Doncaster.
Six months ago, industry experts were predicting that changes in the way personal injury claims can be made or paid for would lead to as many as 100,000 redundancies. Some parts of the UK are said to have seen up to a fifth of weaker firms go to the wall.
The changes, however, had minimal impact at Shaw’s which specialises in personal injury claims.
Director Chris Shaw: “We don’t chase ambulances and we generally don’t go in for the high volume, quick turnover cases that are the meat and drink of the big firms.
“We have always concentrated on what we do best – core areas of specialist work – and this has become a solid foundation on which we can build.”
He added: “Unlike the vast majority of personal injury claims, many of the cases we take on are complex.
“Without solicitors like us who specialise and have the background and expertise needed, people who suffer serious, debilitating accidents through no fault of their own would find it harder to claim compensation.“
Established in 1997, the firm has 17 staff.