Friday, 28 June 2013

Don't get mugged!


Personal injury experts at Martin-Kaye Solicitors are backing a national campaign to warn victims they could be missing out on fair compensation payouts.
Alison Carter, is head of our personal injury team, and she said accident or injury victims should tread very carefully.
“We’re backing The Law Society’s campaign that’s asking victims to think twice before they accept the first payment they are offered from an insurer. They’ve created a new website – – that explains how using a solicitor could make a real difference to someone’s claim.

“On average, research by the Financial Services Authority has shown that victims receive between two and three times more compensation if they consult a solicitor. So even though people may assume consulting solicitors is going to be a much more expensive process, it’s clear that you could actually get a far better deal if you take legal advice first.”

Alison said three million people were injured in accidents every year and so became involved in the often lengthy process of registering a claim. “If someone or something else is at fault, you have a right to compensation. The law is complicated, but a solicitor can help you make a claim and make sure you get a fair payout.”

Martin-Kaye’s personal injury team is renowned for its excellent customer service and earlier this year the team was named as the fourth most loved team of their kind in the UK. Leading business directory ranked them as part of the website’s annual campaign where clients of UK businesses are given the opportunity to recommend their favourite companies.

As members of the regional branch of the website – – all testimonials from Martin-Kaye personal injury clients are regularly submitted and their score is then compared to all other similar teams across the UK.

“We’re particularly proud to be able to show that you don’t have to be city-based to deliver the best customer service and that companies like ours in the regions can compete effectively with the larger more high profile national names,” said Alison.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Duo step up at Martin-Kaye


Two solicitors have been officially named as Associates at Martin-Kaye Solicitors. Tina Chander and Andrew Oranjuik have been recognised for their dedication and commitment to our company.

Senior partner, Graham Davies, said: “As a company we are keen to encourage staff to continuously develop their skills and it’s always a pleasure to be able to give employees the opportunity to make positive progress in their career.

“Tina and Andrew have made a real impact at Martin-Kaye, and their efforts have really paid off in terms of building strong relationships with both existing and new clients. To be named as an Associate is an honour we reserve for our most promising staff, and they certainly fit into that category very well.”

Tina manages the tribunal division of Martin-Kaye’s employment team, consistently increasing business, and ensures that the company’s profile is as high as possible to attract even more cases.

“I have successfully handled a number of extremely complex cases, and am working to build up a solid client base through our business support service, Alpha. It’s a great opportunity for me to be promoted to the role of Associate, and I’m very proud that my efforts have been recognised in such a way.”

Andrew is responsible for building on the already strong reputation of Martin-Kaye’s dispute resolution team.
“I work with clients across the Midlands and beyond, and have resolved a wide range of commercial disputes. I’m very pleased to have been named as an Associate, and I’m looking forward to playing an increasing role in building the business for such a forward-thinking and progressive firm.”

Pic:    New Associates at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford – Tina Chander and Andrew Oranjuik

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Courts shake-up must be handled carefully

Plans for a radical shake-up of the UK’s courts system have received a cautious welcome from a  legal expert in our firm. But Nikki Pickering warned that although the move to privatise the justice system could save up to £1 billion a year, the new arrangements would need to be sensitively handled.

“Officials have been exploring new ways forward after the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling called for an enquiry to make sure the courts and tribunal service provide value for money. And now, within just a few weeks, Mr Grayling will receive their findings and the changes could begin as soon as autumn this year.”

Nikki said under the new system, court buildings and thousands of court staff would no longer be controlled by the Ministry of Justice, and would transfer into the hands of private companies.

“The courts and tribunal system would be a wholly commercial enterprise, and although the move would save money, it would also bring its own challenges too. If the court buildings were transferred into private ownership, it would be vital for the legal system to retain control of opening hours and these should not be dictated by commercial decisions.

“What if a court needed to be opened on a Saturday for an emergency hearing and the commercial providers did not agree? These new proposals would change the very foundations of our legal system which has been in place since Magna Carta.

“And even though we’re all fully aware of the difficult financial climate, and the need to make swingeing cost savings, these must not be achieved to the detriment of keeping our legal system fair for everyone.”

If the new proposals go ahead, the courts and tribunal system would be funded through larger fees from wealthy clients and private sector investment, and by encouraging hedge funds to invest by an attractive rate of return.