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On March 23, 2017

Why You Should Engage An Accredited Law Firm

Finding a law firm and solicitor to help you with a legal matter is rarely an easy exercise. With an abundance of law firms across the South Coast, you are faced with an almost endless number of options.

You may decide to engage a law firm based upon their specialist expertise within a certain area of the law. At Simpkins and Co, our areas of expertise include personal injury, clinical negligence, employment, business and litigation law.

Many people who are looking for a solicitor also use the friendliness and initial rapport that they have with a firm as a deciding factor. Our friendliness and professionalism is an integral part of the client focused service that we provide.

Have you ever considered the accreditations that a law firm has when you are deciding whom to engage? The accreditations held by a firm are a strong indicator of where their expertise is. Once you are aware of the expertise that each firm has, you will be able to make an informed decision about who to engage.

Regulatory Bodies

The Law Society

Every legal professional in the United Kingdom (UK) are under the governance of the Law Society. The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors in England and Wales. The purpose of the organisation is to help solicitors deliver a high level of service to their clients.

While The Law Society does not directly recommend specific law firms or solicitors, they provide a directory of all licensed solicitors including Simpkins & Co. You can view our profile on The Law Society website. This directory is the best place to start your search for a solicitor.

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are responsible for regulating solicitors and law firms in England and Wales, and non-lawyers who are managers or employees of regulated firms. They ensure that standards are met and upheld, and regulated individuals and firms must comply with these standards in order to be able to practice law. Clients of Simpkins & Co can rest assured that we are members of The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Our Accreditations

In addition to our membership of The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), we hold a number of accreditations in recognition of our specialist expertise.

The Law Society Personal Injury Panel

As a member of the personal injury panel, we have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of personal injury law. We have also demonstrated a commitment to maintaining this high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice. This accreditation recognises that we have been conducting personal injury cases for claimants or defendants for at least three years. Steven Simpkins, our Principal, has in fact been conducting personal injury compensation cases for 25 years.

Our accreditation is testament to our proven competency and expertise in personal injury law.

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Simpkins & Co is an accredited member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). As an accredited personal injury practice, we have fulfilled the seven criteria required of accredited firms. The criteria include requirements relating to client care, supervision and quality assurance.

Our principal solicitor, Steven Simpkins has attained senior litigator status with the organisation. This recognises that he has 25 years’ experience, runs cases without supervision and that he can take cases all the way to trial if this is appropriate.

Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)

The Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has a total of 6,000 specialist employment lawyers as members. As members, we are acknowledged as a firm that practices employment law for 25% or more of our caseload. As a member, we benefit from the shared best practice of employment law and the support of the organisation.

Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)

Our membership of the Spinal Injuries Association confirms that we are accredited as having successfully handled personal injury claims where the claimant has a spinal cord injury. We are currently a gold member of the association and remain passionate about ensuring that everyone touched by spinal cord injury receives the support they need.

If you need help and support with a legal matter, we are here.

Our personal injury, employment law, clinical negligence and business law experts are ready to help. Arrange your FREE initial consultation today.

About Simpkins & Co

Simpkins & Co is an accredited law firm that specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence, business, employment and litigation law. We have been providing professional and friendly legal advice for over a decade throughout the South Coast and London. Our clients are served from our Dorset office in Highcliffe and our office in London.

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