The author of a book on how to survive the Jackson civil litigation reforms has confirmed that his law firm has gone into administration.
Jeff Zindani (pictured), whose book Surviving Jackson - developing a profitable personal injury practice for the future, was published last year, was founder and managing partner of Birmingham firm Forum Law Limited. However he told the Gazette today that the practice had been closed 'because of the Jackson changes that were looming'.
A notice in the London Gazette revealed that the limited company went into administration in October, with an initial meeting of creditors due to be held on 29 December.
Zindani told the Gazette that the practice closed in September and that personal injury work had been previously transferred to national firm Neil Hudgell & Co. The firm’s call centre business was sold in July 2012 to Oxfordshire firm Darbys.
At one point Forum Law employed more than 70 people, but by the time of the closure was operating with a skeleton staff of two, apart from Zindani. One has been made redundant, Zindani said.
Zindani, formerly with Russell Jones & Walker, set up Forum Law in 2002. He said the firm grew steadily, conducting PI work for claimants and expanding into private client work. 'I took a strategic decision to close PI down as I don't think the work can be profitable unless done on volume and scale,' he said. 'Firms are deluding themselves about profitability and the old pre-J stuff is masking the reality of PI.'
He added: 'I got out at the right time!'
Zindani is now providing consultancy to law firms of all sizes on strategy, business models and IT.
In an article published in October 2013, Zindani said: 'Despite the almost apocalyptic and frenzied commentary in this sector (usually from those who have never run a law firm), we still believe that firms and lawyers in this sector can make a decent living from personal injury work.'