Lord Hunt, Chairman of the Financial Services Division of national commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP, will call on the Government to increase support for rehabilitation in the UK when he delivers the welcome address at this year's annual conference of the Case Management Society of the UK (CMSUK), in Bristol, on 8-9 May 2007.
In his address, Lord Hunt, who is president of CMSUK, as well as a former student of Bristol University, will say:
"Ministers are looking closely at most aspects of the personal injury system, but I am concerned rehabilitation is again and again considered only as an afterthought. Yet this is an historic opportunity to reshape the entire system by putting the injured person right at the heart of the process. That opportunity must not be missed; it may not come again for a generation. Politicians must stop treating rehabilitation as a 'Cinderella' service and give it the political, practical and financial support it needs and deserves."
Delegates attending the two day conference, being held in Bristol for the first time, will hear talks from some of the UK's leading experts on issues related to the management of traumatic injuries, including psychologists, spinal surgeons, rehabilitation specialists, lawyers and insurers, who will be providing an insight into the clinical, financial and legal barriers affecting the development of rehabilitation provision in the UK today.
CMSUK is the official body for healthcare professionals with responsibility for co-ordinating and overseeing the health and social care needs of those who have suffered complex injuries requiring multidisciplinary intervention. The UK branch of CMS was established in July 2001 and has since grown to a membership of over 250.
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Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry
groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.
The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.
The Bristol office currently includes 33 partners and over 400 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.
For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk