With Stones Solicitors LLP, you can be sure that the legal advice you receive is reliable, realistic, practical and, above all, tailored to your precise needs.
The Stones Team offers expert advice across a broad range of legal issues, and we have exceptional abilities in the areas listed opposite. Along with our vast experience, this expertise has ensured we remain one of the top legal firms in the South West.
No two businesses are the same, so we take time to get to know our clients to achieve the best results. Theory is fine, but one size doesn’t fit all.
Having a team of solicitors who truly understands the challenges you face can make all the difference. Our areas of expertise offer a service from multiple legal disciplines with an in-depth knowledge of your industry, because we know when it comes to legal advice that one size doesn’t fit all.
Stones' team of solicitors has significant expertise and experience providing legal advice for both the national and international travel and tourism industries.
Our team of expert travel and tourism lawyers provide practical legal advice on travel insurance, employment and buying and selling ‘facilities’ such as hotels, holiday parks and golf courses.
Our understanding of the travel and tourism industries is enhanced by our location in one of the UK’s leading tourism areas.
Stones' specialist team of Travel and Insurance solicitors provides responsive, commercially practical legal advice and solutions on issues in this complex area of law.
Stones' team of Travel and Insurance solicitors has significant experience providing legal advice and support on employment issues in the travel and tourism industry for both local and national businesses.
Stones' team of expert travel and tourism lawyers provides legal advice and services for tourism businesses specialising in country sporting pursuits, such as horse riding, shooting and fishing throughout the South West.
Stones' specialist solicitors provide legal support for a variety of sporting organisations, ranging from cricket and hockey clubs to national governing bodies of sport. Our work has ranged from the acquisition of land for pitches to drafting governing documents.
Stones' team of lawyers can provide expert legal advice on the full range of issues covering caravan parks and mobile homes, including purchasing, development, planning and sales. Our location in the South West means we have developed unrivalled expertise in this area.
The Commercial Property and Company Commercial Teams of specialist solicitors at Stones have a wealth of expertise in providing legal advice for hotel and tourist businesses.
The legal expertise and experience of Stones’ team of specialist healthcare solicitors is available to a broad spectrum of healthcare operators, including GP practices, vets, dentists, independently operated hospitals, domiciliary care, supported living and independent foster care agencies.
Stones’ specialist healthcare solicitors have a wealth of expertise and experience providing legal advice to GP practices and other healthcare professionals, in relation to structures available for their businesses.
Stones’ healthcare team can prepare partnership agreements tailored to your specific business and the individuals involved. Our agreements provide clarity and reassurance to current, outgoing and incoming partners, and help avoid misunderstandings and disputes.
Stones' specialist healthcare solicitors have the expertise and experience needed to deal successfully with the acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold healthcare premises – from clinical sites to residential homes. We can help you avoid the pitfalls and offer sensible, pragmatic legal advice tailored to your business.
Every employment law situation is unique. The expertise and experience of our lawyers in the healthcare sector allows us to be ahead of the game in terms of drafting contracts of employment and dealing with disciplinaries, grievances and the employment aspects of strategic and transactional issues.
The current ‘NHS market’ provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals to develop business ideas. Stones can provide expert legal advice on the contractual elements of documenting these newly generated income streams.
The legal expertise of the Stones’ agricultural sector solicitors is highly valued and widely used by farmers, land owners, tenants and mortgage lenders throughout Devon and further afield.
Our Agricultural Centre of Excellence is based at our Okehampton office in the centre of Devon’s farming community. We have developed an outstanding reputation for our ability to understand the needs and provide solutions for this specialised market.
Devon farmland is renowned for its high quality, and remains a buoyant market. We have seen an increase in overseas interest, with more investors buying agricultural land for existing portfolios and newcomers to the farming industry. All our agricultural legal practitioners have strong local connections with Devon and Cornwall, and are able to provide you with tailor-made agricultural legal advice.
We offer a ‘joined up’ service with our colleagues in employment and corporate and commercial law - and work closely with banks, accountants, specialist independent financial advisors and land agents to offer a ‘one stop shop’ to the agricultural community.
‘Lifestyle acquisitions’ are an important feature of the local rural economy. Stones’ team of specialist solicitors is highly experienced in providing legal support for these rural property transactions.
The concept of a farm business tenancy was introduced by the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, which offers a degree of protection to tenants of agricultural land. Stones’ agricultural sector solicitors offer specialist legal advice on all aspects of renting your land to others.
Our specialist agricultural legal practitioners understand the local marketplace and offer a comprehensive legal package when it comes to buying and selling working farms or farm land.
Granting third-party rights over land can be a trap for the unwary.
Restrictive covenants are promises made under deed which restrict the use and enjoyment of land.
Our agricultural legal team work closely with the firm’s Private Client Department and local accountants to provide the technical expertise needed to ensure you maximise agricultural property relief and make the right succession planning decisions.
We have specialist solicitors in planning, construction and property tax issues who can provide expert legal help on all areas of real estate and residential property development.
Our Real Estate and Residential Property Development Team of lawyers has the expertise and experience to deliver the legal advice you need to achieve your goals a cost-effective way.
The Stones’ team of residential property development solicitors has many years’ experience of working with developers to ensure a successful outcome for their projects. Our legal advice and support is available throughout the whole process and includes identifying potential problems that may impact on the future sale of new homes.
Our residential property development solicitors have extensive experience providing legal advice on joint venture development contracts. These complex arrangements allow developments to proceed with both the developer and landowner benefitting from the proceeds of the sale.
The Stones’ team of specialist property solicitors has acted for a significant number of local and regional developers, over many years, dealing specifically with the legal aspects of site set-up.
Our specialist property solicitors’ legal expertise in drafting and negotiating planning documents ensures a proper balance between the demands of the local authority and the requirements of the developer.
The Stones’ team of property solicitors deals with all arrangements required for the financing of sites, including the recent ‘Get Britain Building’ scheme.
Our team of specialist property solicitors oversees plot sales, on a daily basis. These include freehold sales of individual plots, leasehold flats, shared equity arrangements and sales of affordable homes to housing associations, normally through development agreements or building contracts.
Stones’ private client team of solicitors can provide expert advice on how best to protect your assets and wealth - for your future, and for future generations of your family.
We will ensure that, when you die, your estate will pass to your named beneficiaries in a seamless and tax-efficient manner. Our estate planning advice will incorporate the mitigation of inheritance tax and capital gains tax, where required, and may be based around your will, or the creation of a will trust. By using other forms of trusts, we can place assets outside your estate, which may generate inheritance tax savings and protect your assets from being assessed for long-term care.
Our wealth management expertise incorporates financial planning, investment portfolio management and a number of aggregated financial services. High net worth individuals, business owners and affluent families can call on our wealth managers to coordinate retail banking, estate planning, legal resources, tax professionals and investment management. By incorporating powers of attorney, can also help your family manage your wealth in the future.
Some things in business just have to be done, whether it’s employment contracts, IP protection or shareholder agreements. But each business is different, so we get to know our clients and offer bespoke, real-world legal advice.
There may be set requirements, but one size doesn’t fit all.
Stones’ team of company commercial solicitors works with clients on all corporate and commercial matters. We take the time to understand your objectives, before providing the expert legal advice you need to negotiate commercial contracts, successfully.
The team has a wealth of experience in providing corporate legal advice for start-ups, joint ventures, partnerships, reorganisations, company administration, shareholder disputes, mergers, acquisitions, buy-outs and investments.
We act for buyers and sellers, applying our expertise to terms and conditions relating to goods and services, outsourcing agreements, distribution, franchising, agency, joint ventures, intellectual property and IT licences.
Our specialist commercial solicitors will provide comprehensive legal advice, guiding you through every stage of the process of acquiring or disposing of a business, whether by way of shares or assets and goodwill - from agreeing heads of terms to completion of the purchase or sale.
Our company commercial solicitors provide cost-effective legal advice for entrepreneurial businesses – concentrating on those areas where we can genuinely add value.
Stones’ commercial solicitors provide a full range of legal advice and support services for commercial clients, banks and other financial institutions on finance and fundraising.
Commercial agreements take many forms, and can range from your standard terms and conditions of sale or supply, to framework agreements for specific customers and bespoke commercial contracts. Our company commercial solicitors provide comprehensive legal advice and support for clients entering into all commercial agreements.
Charities can be governed by various legal structures, including companies limited by guarantee, unincorporated associations and trusts. Our charity sector specialist solicitors work closely with our Property and Private Client Departments to fulfil our charity clients’ wide-ranging legal advice and support requirements.
Every day, businesses and organisations create new information and ideas which need to be protected.
Businesses need property and often, timing is everything. At Stones, our job is to provide the legal expertise to help you assess any proposals quickly and, once you have made your decision, to act effectively to get the deal done as smoothly as possible.
Whether you are buying property for your own business use or for development, our team of commercial property solicitors has the right people to give you legal advice and guide you through the process, ensuring you have the information you need to make the right decisions.
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to commercial lettings - whether the lease is for a small industrial or shop unit, or a large multi-occupancy site. That is why our commercial property solicitors offer bespoke legal services and advice for landlords and tenants.
Our commercial property solicitors work closely with institutional lenders and private banks, and are used to dealing rapidly and securely with acquisition finance, refinance, debentures and guarantees on a range of investment and business property portfolios.
The Stones Employment and HR team of specialist solicitors provides ‘no-nonsense’, commercial, legal advice in a world where businesses are burdened with ever increasing, evolving regulation.
We understand that your workforce can be your biggest asset, but that the right advice is required at the right time to avoid, or reduce, liability.
Our team serves a local and national client base, providing advice on operational and strategic plans. These range from redundancy and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations (TUPE), through to everyday decisions involving disciplinary, grievance, absence and performance management. We also provide advice on issues ranging from breach of contract to whistleblowing.
The Stones Employment Team has a national client base, ranging from owner managed, multi-site businesses, to charities and local authorities. We act for clients across a variety of sectors, including leisure and tourism, healthcare, manufacturing, charities and professional service providers.
Our Employment and HR team of specialist solicitors provide responsive, commercial, tailored, legal advice on maternity, flexible working, absence and performance management, disciplinary and grievance, holiday pay, home working and all other employment-related issues.
Our team of employment solicitors can provide legal advice including the drafting and negotiation of directors’ service agreements and consultancy agreements.
We offer 24/7 access to a lawyer who can provide, commercial, responsive legal advice on a wide range of subjects, from managing a disciplinary, to dealing with a grievance, or series of grievances.
The Stones team of specialist employment solicitors can manage an employment tribunal claim for your business from start to finish, or provide legal advice and support at discrete stages.
Carrying out a redundancy exercise, restructuring, or being involved in a Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) transfer can cause significant problems for employers, particularly in collective consultations.
We also offer our increasingly popular, fixed-fee arrangement for access to day-to-day legal advice from our solicitors, together with regular legal updates.
Stones Travel and Insurance Team provides responsive, commercially practical legal advice and solutions for the cost-effective resolution of issues in this complex, fast-changing area of law.
We represent a variety of clients, both corporate and individual, including insurers, underwriters, claims handlers and legal expenses insurers. Our expertise is recognised by several high-profile insurers for whom we act as panel solicitors. We act for both the insurer and their policyholders in compensation claims and in a defendant capacity, when necessary. We provide legal support on insurance policy wording, claims handling and breach of contract claims. We also deal with recoveries for insurers.
The team has been established for over 20 years, and is listed by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession as one of the top firms in the travel sector. We have an international network of specialist lawyers and experts which we can call on, when the need arises.
Decisive legal advice on liability issues is essential. Liability can include both civil liability and criminal procedures leading to civil claims.
Stones understands that, in challenging economic times, it is important that insurers achieve prompt, economic recoveries.
Stones provides advice on legal expenses insurance to insurers, underwriters, claims handlers and specialist providers of legal expenses insurance.
Stones Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team is a well-balanced unit - combining the experience of age with the enthusiasm of youth. We understand that business litigation can be stressful, time consuming and expensive.
Our aim is to swiftly identify your problem, advise on the law and suggest the most cost-effective way of resolving the dispute - whether by negotiation, mediation, or the issue of court proceedings. We will work within agreed financial limits, and, for some elements of our work, we are happy to negotiate fixed fees.
Where appropriate, we will consider working on a ‘no win - no fee’ basis, otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), or alternatively, a discounted CFA, where we work at a reduced hourly rate, with the balance, plus an additional success fee, if the outcome is successful.
Contractual disputes come in all shapes and forms, including buying and selling goods on a commercial basis, contracts for professional services and contracts for building work.
It is unfortunate that, sometimes, professionals, get their advice wrong and this can cause the client to lose money. Professional negligence claims can include solicitors, accountants, investment advisors and architects.
Stones Property Litigation Team provides legal advice and services for a broad range of clients, including property developers, retailers, investors and charities.
We provide legal advice on a wide range of building disputes, from problems with extending your business facilities to full-scale commercial property disputes relating to the construction of retail or commercial units.
With the ever-increasing pressure on land, disputes over the precise ownership of land are becoming much more common. We regularly provide legal advice on boundary disputes and have significant expertise in the area of the enforcement of restrictive covenants.
At Stones, we provide insolvency legal advice and assistance for insolvency practitioners, professional advisers, directors, partners and individuals in corporate, contentious or non-contentious situations.
Stones act for local authorities in respect of the enforcement and collection of council tax and non-domestic rates. We provide legal advice on appropriate methods of enforcement, including charging orders and the service of statutory demands, as a prelude to filing bankruptcy and winding-up petitions.
We provide insurers with legal advice on a diverse range of issues, taking into account the likely stance of the Financial Ombudsman Service.
If your business is owed money by individuals or businesses, Stones can provide the legal advice and guidance to help you deal effectively with the debt recovery process, while reducing the associated time, stress and inconvenience.
The Stones Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team deal with all forms of commercial mediation. Our legal services include preparing cases for mediation and representing our clients throughout the process.
Modern families are often complex, so issues relating to your personal life, home and work need a bespoke approach. Only by spending time with our clients can we make their lives easier. We may have seen similar situations before, but we know one size doesn’t fit all.
We deal with the sale and purchase of all types of houses, whether freehold or leasehold, in the town or in the country.
Our team specialises in helping landowners seeking to maximise the development potential of their land.
We act for all types of investors who are buying property as part of their portfolio.
We have considerable experience of dealing skillfully with property disputes. Problems over boundaries, rights related to access or services and covenants are common, and our team focus on finding practical, cost-effective solutions which, otherwise, can become litigious, extremely stressful and costly.
Stones provides advice for private clients on all aspects of managing and administering their individual and family affairs, at all stages of life.
We can help in planning your estate to protect your wealth for the future and planning for retirement and business succession. We can also administer your financial affairs, when appropriate, for example, when you are ill, and, ultimately, plan for the passing on of your estate to your beneficiaries.
You can depend on our expertise across a whole range of specific legal issues, including wills, trusts, tax advice and planning, and sympathetic understanding and informed advice in situations involving elderly clients and power of attorney.
Every family's affairs are different, and every will we draft is specifically designed to take your personal circumstances and wishes into account.
Stones can provide detailed advice on appropriate trust structures to manage funds for the benefit and protection of your beneficiaries.
Stones’ experts can show you how to arrange your affairs so you mitigate your tax liabilities, and pay as little tax as possible.
We often think about making wills to protect our family. But have you made arrangements to look after your financial and other affairs, if you are unable to do so?
Stones can provide advice, and make the appropriate application to the Court of Protection, when an individual loses the mental capacity to deal with their own financial affairs, and arrangements have not been made in anticipation of the situation.
Sadly, many people end their days in a care home. We can provide sympathetic, but realistic, advice help you make plans to anticipate this possibility.
Stones Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team is a well-balanced unit - combining the experience of age with the enthusiasm of youth. We understand that litigation for private individuals can be stressful, time consuming and expensive.
Our aim is to swiftly identify your problem, advise on the law and suggest the most cost-effective way of resolving the dispute - whether by negotiation, mediation, or the issue of court proceedings.
We will work within agreed financial limits, and, for some elements of our work, we are happy to negotiate fixed fees.
Where appropriate, we will consider working on a ‘no win - no fee’ basis, otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), or alternatively, a discounted CFA, where we work at a reduced hourly rate, with the balance, plus an additional success fee, if the outcome is successful.
For private individuals, contractual disputes come in all shapes and forms, including buying and selling goods, contracts for professional services and contracts for building work.
It is unfortunate that, sometimes, professionals, get their advice wrong and this can cause a private individual to lose money. Professional negligence claims can involve services you have received from solicitors, accountants, investment advisors and architects.
If you are a landlord, problems with tenants can be time consuming and, potentially, expensive. At Stones, we have a clear understanding of the practical issues landlords face and can advise on the best method of obtaining possession as quickly as possible, or recovering rent arrears, or both.
Individuals are living longer, and making wills when they are older. This can raise the issue as to whether the person making the will really knows what they are doing.
With the ever-increasing pressure on land, disputes over the precise ownership of land are becoming much more common.
At Stones, we provide insolvency advice and assistance for insolvency practitioners, professional advisers, directors, partners and individuals in corporate, or personal, contentious or non-contentious situations.
If you are a private individual owed money by other individuals or businesses, Stones can help you deal effectively with the debt recovery process, while reducing the associated time, stress and inconvenience.
The Stones Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team are experienced in dealing with all forms of private mediation. We prepare cases for mediation and represent our clients throughout the process.
The Stones Employment Team also provides advice to individuals. We have expertise in drafting and negotiating service agreements, compromise agreements and, where necessary, working closely with our Corporate / Commercial Team colleagues to provide advice in relation to directorships, share schemes and other related matters.
We understand the importance of delivering responsive, situation-sensitive, cost effective advice, in the right manner and at the right time.
You may need advice on, employed or self-employed status, compromise agreements, bonus disputes or other contractual matters. We have extensive experience in advising senior executives on exit strategy and termination package including finances, restrictive covenants and other key issues.
You may also require advice on your rights and duties as a director, or help with boardroom disputes or confidentiality.
You may require advice around family-friendly rights, discrimination and bringing Tribunal proceedings.
We can provide sensitive and efficient help with all legal, tax and administrative arrangements, following a death - from initial steps to final accounting and distribution.
Our services include applications for grant of probate, and letters of administration where there is no will. We will also ensure that full advantage is taken of all reliefs and tax planning opportunities, such as deeds of variation.
Stones has a dedicated team to deal with any issue relating to children.
The law relating to children can, at times, be complex and difficult to apply. Children often suffer when their parents separate, and issues relating to children need to be handled carefully. Sadly, disputes about where the children will live and the parental contact arrangements are all too common, and parents struggle to know what is best for the children concerned.
We can provide advice and act on your behalf if a local authority wants to take your child into care, or if you wish to adopt a child, or if you are experiencing difficulties with an education authority about school attendance.
If disputes over children cannot be resolved through negotiation or mediation, applications can be made to the court. We can help with all types of application, including Contact Orders, Residence Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders and Specific Issues Orders.
The law relating to children can, at times, be complex and difficult to apply.
Stones Personal Injury Team has the experience and expertise to deal sympathetically and professionally with compensation claims for personal injuries - from minor to fatal - arising from accidents in England and Wales. Our services also include assisting at coroners’ inquests.
We are dedicated to obtaining the maximum amount of compensation, quickly, efficiently and without fuss. All injury claims are on a ‘No Win-No Fee’ basis, and you will receive 100% of any compensation award. Generally, to be eligible, we have to be in a position to issue court proceeds with three years of your accident happening or you illness being diagnosed.
Stones can act on your behalf for all types of slip, trip, or fall compensation claims. These are claims that are not due to an accident at work, or road traffic accident, and can be made against public authorities, shops or anywhere that isn't your place of work.
Our dedicated Road Traffic Accident Injury Team can handle claims for incidents involving drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, livestock and farm animals, cars, taxis, lorries or any other motor vehicles involved in a collision on the highway.
Despite Health and Safety Regulation, accidents and illness resulting from working activities and environments continue to rise. Stones has the expertise to conduct investigations into accidents and illnesses associated with the workplace, and will provide the professional help and advice you need to obtain compensation.
Our dedicated Livestock Injury Team has extensive experience of obtaining compensation for injuries caused by livestock, horses, cows, dogs, cats and, sometimes, wild animals.
You deserve a great future. Talented people need to be nurtured and allowed to develop in their own way, not restricted or shaped into something they don’t want to be. So if you’re looking for an exceptional career opportunity, join a law firm that knows one size doesn’t fit all.
Talented people deserve to be nurtured and allowed to develop in their own way, not restricted or shaped into something they don't want to be. So if you're looking for a great future, join the law firm that knows one size doesn't fit all.
We have a high retention of employees thanks to our core business values; open, trust, deliver.
Open: because we involve our staff in the development of the business
Trust: because we trust them to perform to their best ability, and because they trust us to support them in that
Deliver: because together we deliver, for our clients, for ourselves, and for the wider economy and community
There’s a real sense of family at Stones, and in the true sense – we support each other and in return we get great professional development and a real opportunity to strike the right work/life balance. And all located in one of the most beautiful areas in the world! - Michelle Colridge, Legal Secretary
When you join Stones, you will be joining one of the most popular and successful legal businesses in the South West.
We are passionate about the people we employ: we know that they are the most important asset of our business.
We understand the demands of working in a legal practice but we want people to enjoy working with us and feel part of an extended family. This is an open, friendly and collaborative environment, and we feel the work life balance offered by Stones allows employees to enjoy what there is to offer in the South West.
Stones is an Equal Opportunities Employer and Investor in People. We offer an excellent working environment, and regard training and development as being vital to the future success of the firm.
“I came to Stones from a law firm in Bristol. I head up the Company Commercial Team and I am delighted to be able to develop this area of the business in ways I see fit, and with the full backing of the firm. Couple this with the opportunities I now have to pursue my love of running and cycling, even taking part in ironman competitions, and the work/life balance is pretty much perfect.” - Simon Morris, Partner
"The great thing about working at Stones is that the support and administration staff are made to feel as valued as the lawyers. We are given opportunities to train and develop our skills, and move around within the business.” - Mandy Marshall, Receptionist
Our commitment to staff is total and we encourage personal and professional development at all levels.
Stones are committed to creating and maintaining a work culture where equality and diversity are the signs of our commitment to all employees and the standard of service that our clients can expect from us.
We take our responsibility to our trainees very seriously, which is why we can offer one of the most effective trainee contracts in the region. We very much see trainees as a vital investment in our future, and indeed many go on to develop long and fulfilling careers with us.
Stones Solicitors LLP is a leading South West Law firm with a strong reputation for delivering expert legal services to its wide ranging client base. Each year we are looking for the next generation of lawyers to join our dynamic team.
If you are committed to a career in law, you may be struggling to decide which firm is right for you, who offers the best training, the best environment and the right opportunities. Read on to hear from our current trainees.
Trainee Solicitors are selected by attendance at a competitive assessment day which will be held on 15 March 2013 followed by second stage interviews for the shortlisted candidates which will be held in March/April 2013.
We are no longer accepting applications for training contracts for 2013.
Please see timetable below for 2014 applications:-
• Applications for 2014 training contracts accepted until Friday 4th January 2013;
• Assessment Day for 2014 training contracts will be held in March/April of 2013;
• Training contracts offered by the end of June 2013.
Stones Solicitors will only be accepting applications for 2014 training contracts through the online Trainee Application Form.
Here’s what some of our trainees have to say:
“Stones is very open in its approach to continuing professional development. I feel that I can ask the team to support me in continuing my training as a lawyer and they are always happy to enable me to fulfil my career ambitions, whether this is taking part in external courses or trying different areas of law within the firm.” - Nicola Johnston, Trainee
“In my opinion, the training programme at Stones is likely to be more intensive than many larger firms as trainees are usually allocated a team partner on a one to one basis, leading to more involvement in higher level work and to a better overall training experience. There is a large group of young lawyers and support staff at Stones so there is never any shortage of people to play sports with, go to networking events with, or (more usually) go for a drink after work with.” - Sam Reid, Assistant Solicitor (Stones Trainee 2009-2011)
“I enjoy working at Stones because of the varied workload I have, I never know what might land on my desk and that means no two days are the same. On a personal note the atmosphere at Stones is young and vibrant and gives someone of my level of experience real opportunities to progress.” - Tom Sampford, Assistant Solicitor (Stones Trainee 2008-2010)
“I was one of the first people to come through the Associate Development Programme, and the support I received from the firm was superb. And it has not stopped there – I continue to benefit from all the professional development resources Stones has to offer. There’s a real sense that, if you have ambition, the firm will back you all the way.” - Ian Brown, Associate Solicitor
We understand that it is hard to enter the legal profession without relevant work experience.
At Stones we are pleased to offer a number of work experience placements throughout the year. If you are currently studying at A level or at University and interested in a career in law, then please contact us.
We try to offer placements wherever possible, but due to the high demand for opportunities we do limit the number available.
Please send your CV and a covering letter to the HR Manager outlining your interest in a work placement with Stones. Placements are offered on a first come first served basis, so please apply early.
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The first stage of the Jackson Reforms for civil litigation in England Wales were implemented on the 1st April 2013, with more reforms to come in July. The reforms see major changes in the way in which litigation is funded and managed. While personal injury claims are the main target of the reforms, they cover all civil litigation.
Conditional Fee Agreements are agreements between clients and their solicitors where the funding risk is borne by the solicitors: there is only an entitlement to charge fees if the clients’ claim was successful. As the funding risk for the claim is with the solicitors there was an entitlement to charge not only base fees but also a success fee, an uplift, calculated as percentage of the base fee.
For Conditional Fee Agreements entered in to before the 1st April 2013 the success fee (uplift) was recovered from the losing party in the same way as other legal costs, but since the 1st April 2013 this is no longer the case. Any success fee or uplift is now payable by the solicitors’ own client from the damages recovered and not the recovered from the other side.
It would seem that the change is deliberately designed to reduce the number of litigation cases especially in personal injury.
An after the event legal expense insurance policy insures the policyholder against the risk of having to pay the winning parties’ costs where a claim fails. Where a policy was issued before the 1st April 2013 then, generally, on a successful outcome the policy premium was recoverable from the other party as part of the costs of bringing the claim. In many cases the policy premium could be deferred until after judgment and if a claim failed the policy self-insured. For policies issued after the 1st April 2013 the premiums are no longer recoverable as part of the costs and have to be paid by the policyholder.
Where Conditional Fee Agreements were entered in to before the 1st April 2013 then a client could recover damages in full without bearing any of the costs of the litigation but this is no longer likely to be the case. These changes are bound to have an impact particularly on personal injury litigation, where, and as a nodding recognition of this, there has been an uplift of 10 per cent in the overall level of compensation awards for injury (pain, suffering and loss of amenity) to make some redress.
For solicitors, the fees that they are likely to recover in relation to most personal injury claims have been capped, probably at a lower level than was previously likely to be recovered. Now both solicitors and their clients need to undertake an even more rigorous assessment of chances not only for success but also if success can be achieved so that the outcome is economically worthwhile for both client and solicitor. The test was: were costs reasonably incurred to achieve justice? That is no longer the case and the test now (where costs are not fixed) is: are the costs proportionate to the outcome?
The Jackson Reforms have also introduced Damages Based Agreements (DBAs), where a contingency fee is charged based on a percentage of the damages recovered. These have been in use in employment cases for some time. DBAs are likely to be most effective (and used) in cases where the levels of damages are sufficient to justify the risk both for the client and their solicitor.
The Jackson Reforms inevitably shift the burden of some litigation funding back on to the client, with the result that both clients and their solicitors will need to assess the chances of success and the cost of achieving that success before any action is taken. In some cases this may well mean that no action is taken at all, especially for personal injury claims.
Realistic assessments of the strength of cases and the costs of running those cases need to be assessed even more stringently before any decision is taken to make a claim.
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