Horwich Farrelly’s dedicated portal teams handle cases from Stage 1 through to Stage 3. We can provide tailored, flexible capacity to handle Portal claims from end-to-end. Alternatively we are able to deal solely with Stage 3 Part 8 proceedings.
We are happy to integrate a client’s preferred PI evaluation tool (e.g. COA) into our handling processes as required.
Given the costs implications, Portal retention is a key priority for us. Horwich Farrelly works extensively with each individual client to develop bespoke strategies to counter the Portal removal tactics commonly used by claimant solicitors to obtain a greater entitlement to costs. When cases are removed from the Portal we implement measures to ensure that the claimant’s costs are, wherever possible, limited to the Portal fixed recoverable costs regime.
However, we will not shy away from removing cases ourselves where this is important in order to establish precedent or counter unreasonable behaviour. In such cases we will work with our clients to identify cases where removal may be the most appropriate course of action (e.g. to challenge medical evidence) whilst seeking to minimise potential cost risks.
Training and joint approaches have been developed to maximise Stage 2 settlements whilst securing a clients position if matters proceed to Stage 3.