Litigation lawyers are not generally known for co-operating with each other, but that all changes at the Pro-Sheffield Litigation Forum.
The forum, which was formed in 2009, brings together leading commercial solicitors and other professionals involved in the litigation process, such as forensic accountants and other expert witnesses, all of whom practice in Sheffield.
One of the aims of the forum is to raise the profile of this group of specialists within the Sheffield city region and beyond. Whilst the professional sector in Sheffield faces intense competition from Leeds and Manchester, it remains strong with many experienced litigators.
The expertise and reputation of these commercial litigators brings work into Sheffield. Recently, the forum met at the offices of Barber Harrison & Platt, the largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants in the Sheffield city region. Its forensic accounting unit is led by Philip Allsop who co-ordinated the meeting. One of the guest speakers was Alan Frost, a member of Sheffield Hallam University’s procurement team, who explained the University’s proposal to re-tender for legal services within the next few months. The University already works with several local firms of solicitors and would be delighted if [or, would like to see] more come through the competitive process to be included in the final panel which is appointed.
Also present was a member of the team which operates the Buy4Sheffield website which co-ordinates tender opportunities at the key public sector entities in Sheffield, including Sheffield City Council, both universities, etc.