Two more firms have sold their personal injury and clinical negligence cases as the shake-up after the Jackson reforms continues.

PI firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors, headquartered in Hull, today confirmed deals with a total value of more than £1m with Pictons Solicitors and Gordons Solicitors.

From Pictons, which has offices in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, Neil Hudgell has acquired the firm’s clinical negligence workbook.  

The deal with Gordons Solicitors LLP, of Marlow in Buckinghamshire and Maidenhead in Berkshire, involved the transfer of the firm’s PI department and one senior lawyer, Sally Fromont.

All the cases will be handled by the new London office of the rapidly expanding claimant specialist.

The deals are the latest examples of firms opting out of personal injury work following the Jackson reforms coming into force last April, when the recoverability of success fees and ATE premiums was abolished.

The legislation resulting from of the Jackson report, the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, also banned referral fees, restricting personal injury firms’ ability to bring in new cases.

Among the firms to have sold their PI files or practices since April are Barnetts Solicitors, MPH Solicitors, John Pickering and Partners and Challinors.

Keith Gordon, founder and managing partner of Gordons, said its personal injury department was ‘marginal’ compared with its corporate commercial and litigation work and conveyancing services.

‘Following a strategic review and the advent of the Jackson reforms we felt that our resources should be concentrated around our core strengths,’ said Gordon.

Sukh Saini, Pictons managing partner, said although the firm's clinical negligence department was successful, ‘the length of time that a case can take meant that we had to review whether we should continue to invest in this area’.

In 2011 Neil Hudgell (pictured) set up to offer law firms a way to sell legal practices and cases. The site has so far facilitated 23 deals worth more than £5m.

The firm itself was established in Hull in 1997 and now employs around 110 staff in that city, plus Leeds and London, where an office opened last month.