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Rescuing Clients From A Solicitor Into Liquidation

Picture it; The law firm you are using suddenly goes into liquidation, so what do you do next? Gemma Tunney and Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s Personal Injury team have stepped in for this very scenario, and here’s what happened….

The liquidation of a law firm, or indeed an intervention by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, can leave its clients’ claims in a state of uncertainty. Clients are often left wondering what steps they can take next and find themselves searching for another suitable firm to take over conduct of their claim.

This was exactly the case for a recent client of ours.

A lady approached Tilly Bailey & Irvine and explained that she was physically and sexually assaulted by her ex-partner over a sustained period of time. As well as the physical injuries, she was left with the psychological effects of the assault. She had initially instructed another law firm to pursue a claim for Criminal Injuries Compensation.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) is a government-funded scheme designed to compensate blameless victims of violent crime. A person who has suffered a physical or mental injury as a result of a criminal assault can make an application for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Obtaining file of papers

Without warning, the lady received a letter from the initial firm advising her that they were no longer trading.

They recommended an alternative firm of solicitors to take over conduct of her case, however she did not wish to instruct them. She approached TBI and we were more than happy to take over conduct of her claim.

It was necessary to obtain her file of papers from the now liquidated firm in order to see what progress had been made in her claim. Due to its closure, this was unfortunately not a straightforward process and we had to wait until they had provided the Solicitors Regulation Authority with forwarding details.

The Outcome

Within three months of obtaining the client’s file of papers, we secured a suitable settlement for our client. We also liaised with the liquidators to ensure they would not pursue our client for any additional costs other than what we had negotiated with them.

In tricky circumstances, the client was extremely happy with what we had achieved for her.

If you find that your current solicitors are no longer trading and you need another firm to take over conduct of your claim, please contact the Personal Injury team at Tilly Bailey & Irvine as soon as possible and we will be more than happy to look into matters for you.