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CORONAVIRUS HELPLINES


Help and Support for Coronavirus

Here is a list of lawyers who can offer help and support to those affected by Coronavirus

Are you a lawyer or a specialist? Please share your helplines, news and ideas via email to edward.aczel@pnla.org.uk

Solicitors

DJS Solicitors – Contact: 01992 300845 – Darren Sylvester Member Profile

EMD Law LLP – Contact: 01580 890600 or 01424 420261 – We offer emergency assistance regarding wills, matrimonial and children issues and employment See EMD Law website here

Every Solicitors – Contact: 0800 8840640 See Every Solicitors website here

Gregg Latchams – Contact: 0117 906 9400 / 0117 906 9424 (Richard Gore direct)

We remain fully open and functioning in these strange times. We offer a full legal service so can assist with wills, employment advice, matrimonial,  insolvency and litigious matters.  Richard Gore Member Profile

Knights Plc – Contact: 01625 704185 (Melissa Worth)

In these unprecedented times, Knights plc is fully operational and able to provide advice in relation to those affected by the Coronavirus in the following areas:

  • Insurance policy coverage disputes
  • Insolvency
  • Employment advice
  • Disputes with suppliers, customers and contractors
  • Revision and review of terms and conditions
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Reputation protection

We have a dedicated team for all enquiries, please email melissa.worth@knightsplc.com for details. Melissa Worth Member Profile

Levi Solicitors LLP – Contact (freephone) 0800  988 7756 or email info@levisolicitors.co.uk

We remain fully open, providing legal services and advice remotely. for assistance with wills and probate, commercial or property disputes, employment law and immigration.

For professional negligence enquiries, please contact PNLA management team member, Steven Newdall direct on 0113 297 3152 Steven Newdall Member Profiile

Penmans Solicitors LLP – Contact: 024 7623 4918 (Simon Sharpe)

RIAA Barker Gillette (UK) LLP

  • Coronavirus support for businesses can be found here
  • Coronavirus support for individuals, can be found here 

Shoosmiths LLP

Slee Blackwell Solicitors – Contact our Free Legal Helpline here and consider our  Special Offer – Help protect Family Finances here  Lee Dawkins Member Profile

Smith Partnership Solicitors Contact: 0116 247 2001 (Alison Neate)

Our services include:

  • Professional liability (including no win, no fee)
  • Wills and probate- Insolvency (individual and companies) –
  • Debt recovery (at fixed rates)
  • Commercial litigation
  • Commercial property
  • Crime (inc legal aid)
  • Childcare (private and public, inc legal aid)
  • Personal Injury (no win, no fee)
  • Clinical negligence (no win, no fee)

Alison Neate Member Profile 

Wilson Browne Solicitors please see our daily updated Coronavirus hub here

PNLA Members:

Barristers

Radcliffe Chambers remains open and able to advise clients during lockdown View our website for updates here

Legal Services

Caselines

For litigation matters, including virtual or remote hearings, widely available tools such as Skype and Zoom will ensure that it will be relatively easy to see and hear the participants. The challenge, however, is to make sure judges and participants can all see the evidence; this is where reliance on PDFs will prove unsatisfactory. CaseLines delivers the necessary tools for everyone to see the evidence and addresses three critical problems:

  • Allows lawyers and admin staff to work remotely on bundles if offices have to close
  • Simplifies disclosure – essential if law firms have a reduced complement of staff
  • Facilitates remote and virtual hearings which will be necessary as courts close or limit access

Anyone interested can obtain support through info@caselines.com or by telephoning 020 3922 0840. There is also information and support material available on the website www.caselines.com

Hanscomb Intercontinental have established an international task force to support its clients in the construction,
engineering and shipbuilding industries following the Coronavirus COV-19 outbreak.

Our dedicated email address for the COV-19 is being monitored 24 hours a day and we have teams across the world’s time zones.
COV-19@hanscombintercontinental.com

KE Costs Lawyers continue to provide expert Legal Costs advice, with our team working seamlessly via the effective remote access hub as normal.

Our emergency number which is available for any Legal Cost query is: 07540987211 Colin Carr Member Profile

Temple Legal Protection – Litigation Funding – emergency contact number 07774 476282 Matthew Pascall Member Profile

The PNLA is the association for professionals who specialise in dealing with disputes with non-medical professionals.

The dispute starts with the involved parties. The claimant is the individual or business who sought help. The defendant is the professional adviser who may be funded by professional indemnity insurers.

As more people become involved in the dispute process, the parties concerned instruct lawyers. Expert witnesses are often required to review the service of the professional and assess breach of duty.

Litigation funders become involved when parties need help to finance the legal costs and expenses.

Mediators or adjudicators may be appointed, with the agreement of all parties, to try and resolve the dispute by Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) instead of going to Court. 

More people will become involved if legal proceedings are commenced. The Court will be responsible for managing the timetable and procedure. A Judge will be asked to decide which party is successful in the outcome of the dispute.

Usually, the losing party has to pay the legal costs. Assessing the amount may need the assistance of costs lawyers, or law costs draftsmen.

BROWSE MEMBERS to help you find the right lawyer with experience in the type of dispute concerned, in the geographical region that is most convenient to you. It may be that you will need to go outside your region to find the appropriate lawyer to assist you. 

BROWSE SPECIALISTS to find the wider team needed.

Find out more from Do you need a Lawyer? and Find a Specialist or contact our helpline 0117 905 5316

A dispute may start with two people, a client and a professional, and end involving many. There are hundreds of thousands of disputes every year collectively making these disputes a considerable influence in society.

The PNLA mission to protect and promote a proper and fair procedure is important.  Lord Bach (Hansard 30 January 2012) eloquently describes what happens without it:

‘The perpetrators of the payment protection insurance misselling scandal – the mortgage misselling scandal of the 1980s and 1990s which noble lords will remember – and thousands of other instances when rogue professionals have abused their position of trust, will go unpunished and unheard. Their victims will multiply in a system where those who have been wronged are dissuaded from taking action’

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The PNLA offers a dedicated conference programme to lawyers and specialists. These events are aimed at keeping practitioners up to date, as well as to share ideas and discuss problems in a convivial and friendly environment. Experts within their fields, including those involved with recent, and sometimes ground breaking, cases are invited to speak, together with guest speakers from political and regulatory backgrounds.

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