Law firm sets up dedicated transport unit

Insurance law specialist Davies Lavery has launched a dedicated Transport Unit, to be headed by London partner Mark Burton.

The firm has advised on some of the best known transport cases of recent years including tunnel collapses, major derailments, and level crossing fatalities. The launch of a specialist transport unit reflects Davies Lavery’s commitment to offer genuine sector expertise, adding value to its lawyering of claims.

Ranked by the legal directories as a leader in his field, Buton has recently concluded successful test litigation for a national bus operator where a City trader who claimed more than £1m lost earnings from a minor whiplash injury had his damages reduced to only £10,000 and was penalised on costs because of the exaggeration.

Burton said:“We have a strong culture of acting as business partners not just claims lawyers. Clients appreciate the fact that we support sector groups and events and can advise on a variety of operational matters including risk management, policy making and law reform.”

Kathy Dwyer, divisional partner, says that Davies Lavery has won market share because of its ability to offer a range of claims solutions.

Dwyer said: “In the present climate of claims reform, we offer a multi-disciplinary approach that includes in-house rehabilitation management by medical professionals maximising the return on rehabilitation funding and pre-litigation personal injury mediation at a fraction of the time and cost of litigation. At the same time we have fought many cases to trial on points of principle or commercial importance to our clients.

The transport sector has been particularly receptive to trying different routes because its members are familiar with claims innovation, for example via the rail sector’s bespoke dispute resolution procedures such as CAHA or the RIDR Committee, or the sharing of claims intelligence through trade associations like the Confederation of Passenger Transport .”