Law firms are disproportionately represented in claims related to disability discrimination and workplace health, according to a niche law firm specialising in such claims. 

Claims for disability and workplace health issues are a core area for Didlaw, although the nine-strong firm acts for employers and employees across all business sectors.

Karen Jackson (pictured), who founded Didlaw in 2008, told the conference: ‘Sadly, half of my clients are lawyers.’ 

Claims could be related to the health impact of cancer or mental health problems, as well as pre-existing physical health conditions. 

Jackson was speaking in a panel discussion, ‘How to compete in the marketplace’.

She said her firm does not seek to compete on price, but added that transparent billing and the use of plain English are essential.

Supporting solicitors: Law Management Section

The Law Society’s Law Management Section provides solicitors with support, advice and networking opportunities, and facilitates the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement Programme has been created in consultation with the Section Committee and will focus on key issues, including:

  • Practice management
  • Talent management
  • Financial management
  • Staffing models
  • IT
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These issues are addressed through a range of activities, including: webinars, magazines, regional forums, seminars, a conference, website, e-newsletters and a LinkedIn group.

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