Exchange Chambers launches independent adjudication service for personal injury claims

Exchange Chambers launches independent adjudication service for personal injury claims

Exchange Chambers in Leeds has launched an independent adjudication service for personal injury claims, in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The new initiative will effectively act as an alternative to the court service at a time when claims cannot be processed through the traditional court system as quickly as before. It enables claimants and defendants to opt out of the court system and to seek a resolution via a quicker and potentially less expensive alternative.

Leeds-based barristers championing the initiative include Paul Kirtley, Pankaj Madan (pictured) and Simon Ross.

The launch of the new service follows on from Exchange Chambers running a similar service pre-Covid-19 when the set’s personal injury barristers acted as assessors in private determinations on stage 3-style assessments of damages and determinations of costs.

Exchange Chambers also has a number of barristers who hold part-time judicial positions, making it well-placed to provide an independent and cost-effective service, facilitating swift resolution for all parties.

The service operates through virtual face-to-face technology, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. It covers small claims and fast-track trials, disposal hearings, stage 3 hearings, applications and procedural disputes, multi-track trials, appeals and costs disputes.

Madan was involved in last month’s successful conclusion to a joint settlement meeting using virtual face-to-face technology, drawing to a close the case of a young man who had suffered a severe brain injury in a road traffic accident that was complicated by the introduction of lockdown measures.

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