After a career in the military Mark re-trained in law during the late 1980s, specialising in the field of legal costs. His experience in the field is vast, and he has dealt with the whole range of cases including:
- catastrophic personal injury claims
- multi-million pound clinical negligence claims
- complex commercial claims
- complex costs appeals in the High Court and Court of Appeal
Mark brings an added dimension to the issue of costs in that he has also managed his own case load as a fee earner dealing with:
- personal injury claims (including chronic pain syndrome)
- clinical negligence claims
- general civil litigation
- actions against the police
- substantial claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (including post traumatic stress disorder cases)
He therefore, fully understands and appreciates the nature of the work of, and what is expected from, all fee earners.
Joe's career spans almost 40 years as a solicitor having qualified in 1975 at Kuit Steinart Levy where he became a partner.
In 1980 he co founded Shammah Nicholls where he was Senior Partner until his retirement from the firm in 2008, having responsibility for the financial and administrative management of the firm and Head of Litigation.
Joe has since undertaken roles as a consultant and in-house legal adviser in a number of law firms with specific responsibilities for:
- Professional indemnity insurance risk management
- Relationships with brokers and insurers
- Claims management
- Profiling of claims
- Litigation management, overview and support
- SRA relations
- Financial risk management
- Bank relations
Joe became a CEDR Chambers Mediator in 2005 and undertakes mediations throughout the UK, as well as being engaged in mediation training for solicitors and barristers involved in mediations.
Following a law degree at Oxford University Elisabeth qualified as a solicitor in 1987.
Her early legal career involved working for larger law firms including Addleshaws in Manchester and Baker & McKenzie in Singapore.
In 2000 Elisabeth joined Drummonds Solicitors in Chester and was soon asked to take on the role of managing partner, a position which she held for over 11 years. Elisabeth brought the disciplines and standards learnt from her experience with leading law firms and applied them to managing a smaller and very successful practice.
Elisabeth’s skills include:
- General Law Firm Management
- Compliance Support
- Complaints Handling
- Professional Standards and Ethics
- Business Development
- People and Change Management
- General Employment advice
- Financial Acumen – including the ability to review performance and profitability and to respond to business needs.
Elisabeth delivers the rare combination of the insight of an experienced legal fee-earner with many years of law firm management. She was invited to participate in the North West Development Agency High Growth Programme which provided additional dedicated management training.
Elisabeth is also a member of the Law Society Professional Standards and Ethics Committee which meets regularly in London.