SOLICITORS STRIDES FORWARD WITH GROWTH PLANS
ONE of the UK's leading
medical negligence and personal injury law firms, Fletchers
Solicitors, has doubled its workforce and expanded its clinical
negligence offering with a larger office space.
Following a significant increase in the number of medical negligence
cases it receives, the North West firm has invested in more office
space, expanding its current office on Hoghton Street, Southport, by
9,000 square feet to meet this demand.
The company now handles 1 in 10 medical negligence cases in the UK,
and its larger premises will be home to a dedicated team of clinical
negligence, as well as personal injury specialists.
Fletchers Solicitors has increased staff numbers from 108 to 220 in
the last year. The firm has recently undertaken a recruitment drive
to attract the best clinical negligence talent, in plans to become
the number 1 law firm for medical negligence.
The new office space includes three additional meeting rooms and a
brand new training room to further support staff development. The
training room is kitted out with individual workstations set up to
replicate the office floor to allow employees to train in a
practical, hands on way.
The office expansion also allows Fletchers Solicitors sister
company, Ultimate Costs, a legal costs drafting company, to move
into the same building.
Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers Solicitors, said:- "We are in a
tremendous growth period at the moment, which has seen both a number
of new appointments and a significant increase in the number of
medical negligence cases we are handling. This larger dedicated
office will provide clients who have suffered negligent care with
one place they can turn to for all of their legal needs. Our
philosophy has always been to do our very best for the victims of
serious injury and medical negligence, and we know that the best way
to do so is to have a committed and determined team who possess a
wealth of specialist experience and knowledge. Expanding our
dedicated office to handle these types of cases seemed like a
Earlier this year, the firm was recognised by the London Stock
Exchange as one of the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain, and
awarded a coveted one star accreditation from The Sunday Times
'Best Companies to Work For' scheme.
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Success for Year
7 Students at the Salters' Festivals of Chemistry
THE Salters' Festivals of
Chemistry are 1 day fun events held at universities throughout the
UK and Ireland.
They provide an opportunity for enthusiastic young
students to spend a day in a university department and to take part
in practical chemistry activities which are fun!
Earlier this month 3 Year 7 students:- Zac Cook, James Connaughton,
Lucy Hardey and Isabella Hatch travelled to Liverpool University
with their Chemistry teacher Mr Michael Murphy.
Throughout the day
the students took part in practical activities and investigations,
along with a lecture and a demonstration.
The day ended with a short
prize giving ceremony during which are students were pleased to find
out that they had come 3rd in the Salter's Challenge.
Well done to all of you who took
Boost for Jewel
on the Hill plan
A plan to bring the
landmark Everton Library back into use as an arts and cultural
centre is set to move a step closer.
The Grade 2 listed building; known as the Jewel on the Hill, was
designed by City Surveyor Thomas Shelmerdine and opened in 1896.
It was widely acknowledged as one of the most architecturally
significant branch libraries in the City. It closed in 1998 and has
been empty since 2002.
Plans to revitalise the building on St Domingo Road began in 2009
and it is being driven by a specially formed new charity; The Jewel
on the Hill Buildings Preservation Trust Limited. It involves arts
organisation Hope Street Limited and Heritage Works Buildings
Preservation Trust Limited, which specialises in regenerating
The aim is to restore the building and use it as a cultural and arts
hub for creative enterprise as well as engaging local people in
learning about its history and the practical skills involved in
restoration. On Friday, 20 June 2014, the Council's Cabinet was asked to approve a
grant of up to £150,000 through the Buildings at Risk programme to
help towards securing a Heritage Lottery grant for the £5 million
Under the proposal, the Council will also grant a 125 year lease to
the Jewel on the Hill Building Preservation Trust, at a peppercorn
rent, if funding and planning permission is secured for the scheme.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet member for regeneration, said:-
"This is a fantastic project which we hope will bring back into use
a much loved landmark building in Everton.
The scheme that has been put together by the Jewel on the Hill
Building Preservation Trust is visionary, and complements all of the
other work we are doing in the area such as Project Jennifer, the
regeneration of Everton Park and the recent opening of the new Notre
Dame Catholic College.
This is a very exciting time for the Everton area as we breathe new
life into an area which has been neglected for far too long."
David Lowther, Vice Chair of The Jewel on the Hill Buildings
Preservation Trust, said:- "This is an important milestone in
this exciting project to breathe life back into this wonderful
building. The Trustees are extremely grateful for all the help
and support from the Council." It is hoped that if the bids for all the elements of funding are
successful, work can start on site in 2015 with the building
reopening in 2017.
More information about the project can be found at:-
MP dishes out honours at Adult
Learners' Week Awards
A hospital administrator who used adult
learning to overcome a range of health problems has been honoured
with an award.John Callery, who works in medical education at the
Royal Liverpool University Hospital NHS Trust, was a joint regional
winner of the Adult Learners’ Week Health Education North West Award
for First Steps into Employment.
He received his accolade from Luciana Berger, MP for Wavertree and
Shadow Minister for Public Health, who also presented Adult
Learners’ Week Awards to people who have worked to engage people
living with dementia in the wider community during a ceremony at the
Foresight Centre, Liverpool on Friday, 20 June 2014.
At the same event, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)
presented Merseytravel with the first WEA North West Region Health
and Wellbeing award in recognition of the funding they provided to
kick-start their dementia work.
Last March, Merseytravel gave the WEA £5,000 to carry out a
community project linked to travel and transport. They chose to link
their work around people living with dementia and considered issues
they faced accessing transport and connecting with the community.
Funds were used to host a consultation event with people from over
30 local organisations to look at key issues, including a session
about travel and transport.
The WEA also supported dementia cafés, called:-
'Remember When' sessions, to encourage people to come
into the city and use transport links.
2 cafés were set up, in the Royal Liverpool and
Broadgreen University Hospital's Trust (RLBUHT) Costa Coffee branch
and at Maggie May's café on Bold Street.
Dementia training was delivered to volunteers, WEA staff, those
working in the memory café venues and staff in the travel and
transport sector eg. Merseyside Police, British Transport Police and
The success of the initiative has prompted Maggie May's café to
continue to offer memory café sessions, setting up a charity to fund
this work in the future. WEA is seeking further funding to continue
to run the 'Remember When' cafés in conjunction with
Costa Coffee and the (RLBUHT).
The WEA also recognised the work of the lead dementia practitioner
at the RLBUHT, Shaun Lever, at the ceremony, for his tireless
efforts to ensure the 'Remember When' cafés are
successful, which included delivering dementia awareness training to
WEA and Costa Coffee staff. Ruth Spellman, Workers'
Educational Association CEO, said:- "We are committed to
raising awareness of this issue and believe that more can be done to
ensure people living with dementia and their family carers lead
healthy, happy lives. A combined effort is needed from organisations
within the voluntary, private and public sector to support those
affected by this debilitating illness. I'm proud of our work in
Liverpool and hope that this successful model of working in
partnership is replicated across the UK."