A Harrogate law firm has won a four-year legal battle – which, had it gone the other way – would have left its clients having to pay up to £1.4 million!
Towers Legal, headed by James Martin, was representing a Huddersfield-based locum business and its founders, who were cleared of “stealing clients”, amongst other accusations, following a two-week trial in the High Court.
Mr Martin took the case on in 2009 and retained the clients when he set up Towers Legal last September.
Mr Martin said:
“This is the longest case I have personally been involved with – and certainly one of the most satisfying.
“The other party’s lawyers were so confident of winning the case that they gambled on a no win no fee structure.
“Instead of victory, however, the Claimants will now recover nothing and their legal team has been left badly out of pocket.
“Our clients moved with me when I launched Towers because they were confident of my abilities and were keen to take advantage of the fee structure we had introduced.
“We have adopted a set of radical practices, including free unlimited telephone advice and fixed monthly fees, as part of our packaged services. With us, clients aren’t afraid to pick up the phone and ask us for advice.
“Had we lost the case, then our clients would have been looking at having to pay up to £1.4million.
“The fees alone which the other side were claiming were staggering, and added up to approximately eight times what we charged our clients.
“However, we now hope to recover most of our clients’ fees back from the Claimants.”
Mr Martin added:
“Our vision is to offer a service that gives our clients the experience of having a trusted in house legal team, without the associated cost.
“Our approach is appealing to a wide range of businesses, particularly SMEs, throughout the region and beyond.
“The feedback we have received from clients so far has been fantastic and this result will add to our standing in the regional legal scene.”