Jacobs & Reeves, one of Dorset's leading firms of solicitors
Jacobs and Reeves are one of Dorset's leading firms of solicitors, with offices in Poole and Wimborne. We work with private and business clients providing dependable and high quality legal advice on all areas of the legal system. This includes conveyancing, personal injury and accident claims, divorce, family disputes, employment law, wills and probate together with professional negligence claims and property issues, including buying a house. We aim to deliver a personal and efficient service tailored to your needs.
Our specialist conveyancing team provide cost-effective home buying and selling advice. Please call us or fill in our Conveyancing Fee Quotation form. We'll get right back to you.
Our property team advises on all manner of landlord and tenant disputes, including eviction, repossession, and disrepair claim. Please see our Landlord and tenant section for more information.
Injury or accident that wasn't your fault? We have a specialist team dedicated to handling personal injury claims and accident claims. You can fill in our Personal Accident and Injury Claim form by clicking here.
Based in Poole and Wimborne we service clients throughout Dorset and Bournemouth as well as further afield across the UK.
We are contracted to the Legal Aid Agency and provide publicly funded legal assistance and can also offer No Win, No Fee arrangements.
Our philosophy is to give our clients prompt and reliable advice coupled with a modern and efficient service at all times. We don't use jargon, just plain english to help you get the result you are looking for, where possible.
If you would like to talk to us straight away, please dial our Poole office on 01202 674 425 or email email@example.com.
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Posted 13th February 2017
Whiplash Compensation Reform
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has conceded to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee that the insurance industry has saved ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ from reforms to personal injury in 2013. It also confirmed that the number of whiplash claims has come down in the last year.
These are important admissions because the insurance industry continues to lobby for further changes which will affect access to justice for genuine claimants injured in accidents.
One of the changes under discussion is whether to increase the small claims compensation limit for personal injury cases from £1,000 to £5,000. The importance of this is that legal costs are not claimable if the injury compensation is assessed at below the minimum figure. The current minimum is £1,000 meaning that wherever there is a significant injury, claimants will recover reasonable legal costs if they sue for compensation and win. If the small claims limit goes up to £5,000, hundreds of thousands of people will chose not to pursue claims. The insurance industry will benefit but for the general public the outcome would be unjust.
The small claims rules were designed to deal with low value disputes such as faulty goods or small unpaid invoices. Ordinary people who have suffered minor soft tissue injuries, including injuries sustained in non-motor accidents, need expert legal help to navigate the court system and understand medical evidence. Ordinary people who bring claims without legal support often run into difficulties with insurance companies who are reluctant to settle claims or to settle claims at a reasonable level.
The President of the Law Society, Robert Bourns, has said ‘a fivefold increase in the small claims limit would prevent claimants from recovering legal costs, which means that many people would not be able to obtain legal representation for claims, forcing people to fight through the courts without legal help’.
The fact that the insurance industry has had a major financial boost from the changes brought in in 2013 undermines their efforts to persuade the Government to introduce further reforms.
Instead of trying to reduce or abolish compensation for genuine claimants, the Government should instead look at the activities of cold callers.
Research by consumer organization Which? showed last year that the insurance industry had failed to deliver on a promise to reduce insurance premiums after the 2013 reforms.
Posted 7th April 2016
Jacobs & Reeves has secured the renewal of the national Law Society's law management quality mark, Lexcel, which we were first accredited in 2011.
Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal departments which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards.
To gain and retain Lexcel accreditation, practice must undergo a rigorous initial then annual application and assessment process. This includes conducting background checks and an on-site visit from an experienced, trained Lexcel assessor in 2011 and subsequent re-accreditations.
Rob Nickless, Senior Partner said: "While we are proud to have secured Lexcel, it is our clients and staff who are the main beneficiaries. They can be assured that the way we manage the practice has their interests at heart and runs efficiently. There is a lot of choice in the legal services market, but being Lexcel accredited demonstrates our commitment to client care and best practice."
Jonathan Smithers, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, said:
“Gaining and maintaining Lexcel is no mean feat. There are many facets of being a Lexcel accredited law firm, including client care. A commitment to customer service in today's evermore competitive legal services market is vital.
By undergoing the rigorous Lexcel application and assessment process practices can show the positive steps they are taking to help clients in the increasingly diverse, complicated legal services market.
The scheme is a beacon of quality to clients and potential clients alike."
Jacobs & Reeves joins more than 1700 other legal practices in England & Wales with Lexcel accreditation. The practice management accolade has also gone international, with firms in Scotland, the Middle East, Poland and the Republic of
Ireland having gained accreditation.
A list of Partners is available from the firm's principal office at 153 High Street, Poole, Dorset.
Jacobs & Reeves are proud to be Members of:
• The Law Society
• The Law Society's Personal Injury Children & Family Law Panels
• Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
• Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
This Firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
SRA Number 51817 - Poole
SRA Number 51818 - Wimborne