THE large and complex injury SPECIALISTS
Horwich Farrelly’s Large and Complex Injury Group (LACIG) is arguably the most experienced specialist team of its type in the market. Dealing with RTA, employers’ liability and public liability claims the Group includes 15 partners and handle many hundreds of cases each year collectively valued at almost a billion pounds.
LACIG partners are all recognised leaders in the high value and complex personal injury claims area, and include acknowledged experts on:
- Fatal accidents
- Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries
- Complex multiple injury cases
- Burgeoning claims involving abuse, chronic pain and conversion disorder issues
- Niche sectors such as secure environments, health and social care, transportation and accidents abroad
- Policy coverage and indemnity issues
A dedicated service from pre- to post-litigation
We handle claims from pre-litigation, through litigation, to settlement including the negotiation of often complex Periodical Payment Orders (PPO) where necessary. The Group has an in depth knowledge of all issues arising from large and complex injury claims including those involving infants and patients.
- Several of our sub-teams deal only with catastrophic and fatal accident cases
- We actively promote alternative dispute resolution and the Group contains several trained mediators;
- Members of the group are skilled in dealing with cases involving actual and possible criminal prosecutions, inquests, fatal accident inquiries and HSE investigations.
Our aims are to foster an open and frank exchange of views.
Minimising indemnity spend and accurate reserving throughout the claims lifecycle are key priorities.
A focus on early claims resolution and avoiding litigation
We employ a partner-led client focused approach, which sets us apart from other firms. The individual instructed retains full day-to-day control of a claim. They take all strategic and tactical decisions and deal personally at all key stages with both the clients and the claimant – they do not sign-off the work of others.
Appropriate delegation is of course still a part of the service we provide in order to contain costs, but this is carefully balanced against the need for technical input. In our experience, by having a structure that does not “force” inappropriate delegation we can achieve more effective settlements (based on total indemnity spend).
Our approach in this area balances commercial and ethical imperatives and is sensitive to brand and reputational risk. Early proactive engagement with claimants, targeted rehabilitation and a careful choice of experts are all employed to drive early settlement – our aim is to dictate the pace of a claim, not simply react to the other party’s agenda.
To contain costs we are strong exponents of both joint settlement meetings and alternative dispute resolution – but will not shy away from litigation where strategically or tactically merited. We also have longstanding associations with leading experts and counsel to ensure a prompt, efficient and cost effective access to their services.
Our market leading Costs team are an integral part of the process for all large value claims, assisting to minimise clients’ potential costs liabilities whilst robustly challenging claimants’ costs budgets and bills.