Sponsored chambers briefing: Specialisation in the regions – a rational approach

Sponsored chambers briefing: Specialisation in the regions – a rational approach

Alister Williams of Pallant Chambers discusses the set’s goals, strengths and successes

Pallant Chambers is based in Southampton and Chichester. Pallant has developed into a highly specialist civil and family set, instructed regionally but also in the senior courts where one would expect the London Bar to be utilised. Alister Williams, head clerk, explains Pallant’s approach: ‘I came to Pallant in 2001 after 12 years at a specialist commercial chancery set in London.’ That experience was vital. ‘In delivering legal services, the ultimate goal is to do what is best for the client and specialisation is the rational way of achieving that. That is what we set out to develop.’

Members are encouraged and supported in focusing their practices. In recent years practitioners have joined from leading London sets, adding strength to the commercial, employment, chancery, property and family offering. Emphasis is also placed on recruiting very able pupils.

Specialisation has become a buzzword throughout the legal profession and is easily paid lip-service to. It might also be considered a risky approach in the regions.

‘Pallant is an example of specialisation being possible in the regions, and that it works.’
Alister Williams, Pallant Chambers

According to Williams: ‘Pallant is an example of specialisation being possible in the regions, and that it works. We are proud to be a regional set with a strong, predominantly regional client base. Our longstanding clients work with us more often on a wider range of matters, which are increasingly complex, and we have a platform to work with new clients locally and further afield. Ultimately, we are delivering a better service, which produces more opportunities.’

Court and contentious advisory work remain core business areas, with members of the commercial, chancery, property, private client and family teams regularly appearing in the senior courts, and undertaking high-level work in the county court, family court, First-tier Tribunal and Employment Tribunal. Members are also working collaboratively with litigation funders, experts, and on non-contentious and transactional work.

‘We realise that the we can add value to traditional and non-traditional clients outside of our core business,’ adds Williams.

The market trend supports the approach with smaller, more focused organisations performing well.

‘Our size helps us. We are able to maintain our personal approach and build relationships, whilst providing appropriate expertise and a range of options. We have made progress.’

Pallant was nominated for Regional Chambers of the Year by The Legal 500 in 2014, 2017 and 2019, and is currently ranked as a tier-1 set, with 15 individual entries. Six members sit as recorders, deputy district judges or First-tier Tribunal judges. Chambers currently has three pupils with two more joining in the next 12 months.

Economic and political pressures continue to test the profession, but Williams is optimistic: ‘We will have to adapt, but we will continue to develop a very attractive offering if we remain client focused, regional, personal and specialist.’

For more information, please contact:

Alister Williams, head clerk

Pallant Chambers
12 North Pallant
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1TQ

T: 01243 831900

E: awilliams@pallantchambers.co.uk

www.pallantchambers.co.uk

Sponsored chambers briefing: Bristol – the legal hub of the South West

Sponsored chambers briefing: Bristol – the legal hub of the South West

An overview of the award-winning St John’s Chambers

St John’s Chambers is one of the largest and most prestigious barristers’ sets in the South West, with nine silks and 76 juniors attracting high-quality work in all major areas of law. Recently voted Chambers of the Year 2018 by the Bristol Law Society, Regional Set of the Year 2018 by The Legal 500, and shortlisted for Chambers of the Year at The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Awards in 2017 and in 2018, these awards endorse our position as a standout national set.

The focus of chambers is to continually ensure that Bristol is recognised nationally as the legal hub for the South West and that we are able to compete with London for business. We have demonstrated excellence and innovation in the provision of legal services by being involved in a number of landmark decisions in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Continue reading “Sponsored chambers briefing: Bristol – the legal hub of the South West”

Sponsored chambers briefing: The Bar – reputation management

Sponsored chambers briefing: The Bar – reputation management

Melanie Riley reflects on a tough climate for chambers and discusses how Bell Yard Communications can help steer its clients through the minefield

It must feel like tough times at the Bar these days – fee pressures, legal aid cuts, increased competition and self-representation, not to mention the challenge of marrying tradition with changing cultural norms. Reputational banana skins seemingly round every corner. Continue reading “Sponsored chambers briefing: The Bar – reputation management”

Sponsored chambers briefing: Hybrid counsel – powered by commercial and chancery expertise

Sponsored chambers briefing: Hybrid counsel – powered by commercial and chancery expertise

Serle Court’s chief executive argues that the blending of chancery and commercial is about seeing legal issues from the client’s point of view

Eighteen months on from the launch of the Business and Property Courts in England and Wales, it is interesting to reflect on what this change means. Not only in terms of maintaining the UK’s lead as the best place in the world for resolving commercial disputes but also for the increasingly artificial distinction between chancery and commercial disputes – now seeing business and legal issues the way our clients do. The new structure, bringing together all the various specialist commercial courts under one judicial roof, was intended to make it easier for international and domestic clients to understand the structure of the High Court in England and Wales. Our commercial courts have belatedly caught up with the realities of commercial life in the 21st century; we know from speaking to our business clients that they do not categorise their issues distinctly as either chancery or commercial. Instead they see ‘problems’ for which they require ‘solutions’. Lawyers may benefit from seeing things from this perspective too. Continue reading “Sponsored chambers briefing: Hybrid counsel – powered by commercial and chancery expertise”

Sponsored chambers briefing: Innovate to succeed

Sponsored chambers briefing: Innovate to succeed

Parklane Plowden Chambers is seeing the long-term benefits after its 2014 restructuring

In an increasingly competitive and financially challenging legal marketplace, the demand on law firms and barristers’ chambers alike has been to innovate and explore new ways of working in order to succeed. It is easy to accept that this could be trickier for barristers’ chambers to achieve, given the highly traditional and arguably outdated structure they take. Continue reading “Sponsored chambers briefing: Innovate to succeed”

Sponsored chambers briefing: Kings Chambers – a set apart from the rest

Sponsored chambers briefing: Kings Chambers – a set apart from the rest

Our philosophy is to provide practical and commercial advice, applying the highest professional standards. Our members combine advisory work with litigation and advocacy services. While we commonly appear in the High Court and the higher appellate courts, our commitment to service standards is such that all members retain a uniform approach to the pursuit of excellence irrespective of forum and the financial worth of a case. It is on this uncompromising approach, and what our market regards as our client-friendly ethos, that our reputation is built and maintained.

We are regularly involved in arbitration and mediation and, if a matter is fought in the courts, our members are characterised by a reputation for strong and incisive advocacy backed by firm negotiating skills.

Our clients are individual and corporate, national and multinational, plc and private. We have a strong and wide national base of clients across the whole spectrum of industries, including banks (including clearing and secondary), developers, retailers, manufacturers, services, professional bodies, government agencies and local authorities. Members now regularly represent many emerging companies in the newer information technology, e-commerce and leisure markets.We accept instructions from all those permitted under the rules of the Bar Council. We welcome instructions from overseas lawyers and through the Licensed Access Rules.

Areas of expertise

  • Administrative and public law and local government
  • Business and property
  • Clinical negligence and personal injury
  • Court of Protection and mental health
  • Employment
  • EU and competition law
  • Inquests
  • Licensing
  • Litigation funding and costs
  • Mediation
  • Planning and environment
  • Sport

‘Kings Chambers is proud of providing first-class representation to our clients and our members’ expertise matches any set in the country, which makes us a ‘go-to’ chambers for many leading national and international law firms, public sector and private sector organisations and individuals.’

For more information, please contact:

T: 0345 034 3444
E: clerks@kingschambers.com

Manchester
36 Young Street,
Manchester M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
T: 0161 832 9082

Leeds
5 Park Square
Leeds LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
T: 0113 242 1123

Birmingham
Embassy House, 60 Church Street
Birmingham B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

www.kingschambers.com

Sponsored briefing: Lawyers in Dublin – How to find a good solicitor in Dublin

Sponsored briefing: Lawyers in Dublin – How to find a good solicitor in Dublin

Picking the right solicitor for you can be a daunting experience, particularly when there are so many to choose from, with most claiming to be experts or specialists in a certain field of law. Your legal issue is important to you and you will want to ensure you get it right the first time. Just like purchasing a car, you will not buy it from the first auto shop you come across. You will want to shop around and ascertain that the level of service is unparalleled, the price is right and the after-sales team will be able to take care of your ongoing needs. In the legal world, you will want a solicitor that can do the same.

Most people pick their solicitor just for convenience, or just have a habit of going back to them after a previous issue. This can be compared to a doctor; they will deal with most of your medical complaints and symptoms in general practice, but if your matter calls for a specialist opinion, they will then refer you to a specialist. Sometimes, this means that you may have to travel in order to get the best opinions and results, and that is no exception in law. Continue reading “Sponsored briefing: Lawyers in Dublin – How to find a good solicitor in Dublin”

Sponsored briefing: Claims and compensation review | Personal injury claims solicitors in Dublin

Sponsored briefing: Claims and compensation review | Personal injury claims solicitors in Dublin

If you need a solicitor to represent your interests in court, or just require one for a personal consultation on a negotiation that is ongoing, it is best to hire a good personal injury solicitor instead of an ordinary one. This allows you to build adequate confidence to ensure a comfortable legal process on your personal injury case.

Nowadays, there are numerous solicitors with adequate knowledge to successfully handle a personal injury claim, but you should take time to pick one with the proper experience and skills to stand for your interests in the case. Regardless of the years of experience, avoid choosing a lawyer who works with an insurance firm as it is only normal for them to put the interest of the insurance firm first before yours. Continue reading “Sponsored briefing: Claims and compensation review | Personal injury claims solicitors in Dublin”

Sponsored briefing: Legal SEO explained – SEO and digital marketing for solicitors

Sponsored briefing: Legal SEO explained – SEO and digital marketing for solicitors

A lot of solicitors assume that their reputation is enough to continue generating a stream of clients. The fact is, the industry has become more competitive than ever before and the best way to compete is by actively engaging in various forms of marketing, including online marketing. Online marketing specifically can be very beneficial to lawyers who are looking to attract new clients. Below, we will be going over some of the top online marketing ideas for lawyers.

Top online marketing ideas

1. Search engine optimisation (SEO) Continue reading “Sponsored briefing: Legal SEO explained – SEO and digital marketing for solicitors”

Sponsored briefing: A risk checkup can help companies fight back against fraud

Sponsored briefing: A risk checkup can help companies fight back against fraud

Statistics show that in the UK alone, an estimated 7% of annual turnover is lost to fraud schemes, involving issues such as kickbacks, insider trading, financial statement and invoice fraud, bribery, and even the simple skimming and misappropriation of assets. It is estimated that fraud costs business in the UK over £110bn per year.

Fraud, like any serious disease, spreads if not treated early. It saps corporate reputations and finances, and in the worst cases can prove fatal to an organisation. Reputational damage, in particular, can be devastating. A loss of confidence by shareholders, customers, suppliers and regulators, as well as the potential of litigation in the wake of a fraud, can lead to a drop in share price from which a company may never recover. In addition, if it can be shown that a company’s directors and management have neglected their fiduciary responsibilities, they can be held personally liable for the loss incurred by the company. Continue reading “Sponsored briefing: A risk checkup can help companies fight back against fraud”