The past twelve months have been some of the most productive in the history of Portsmouth’s leading legal practice, Verisona Law. With an overview of just some of the highlights from the past year, Managing Director Sue Ball looks back on the firm’s achievements in 2017.
When I was first asked to write a piece about the past year at Verisona Law, I could not believe that 12 months had passed. That was until I looked back on all the firm has been doing in 2017 and then I was quite overwhelmed at how we managed to fit everything in!
When it comes to the legal profession itself, it is easy to cite the UK’s departure from the European Union as a major concern, but issues that have had far more impact in 2017 include those surrounding the ‘Gig Economy’ and cases involving companies such as Uber, Citysprint and Pimlico Plumbers; rulings on ‘unlawful’ fees for Employment Tribunals; and a revolution in Data Protection laws that will come into force in May of this year.
Having advised our clients to pay attention to a number of these serious issues, Verisona Law has focused on strengthening and growing our specialist teams accordingly. We have welcomed new faces to our Property, Commercial and Insolvency Teams, as well as a new Head of Family Law and a number of key support staff.
I would like to give a special mention to Grant Usher who, after just six months working with us, was nominated and shortlisted for ‘LawNet Young Lawyer of the Year 2017’ which was a very impressive achievement.
Speaking of awards, Verisona Law was thrilled to have been both nominated and awarded in the category of ‘Best Professional Service Business Serving Football’ at the national Football Business Awards. We also increased our profile in industry listings for the Legal 500 and Chambers Guide.
Verisona Law has supported Portsmouth Football Club in its new ownership; led a campaign alongside law enforcement agencies against alleged property fraudsters that has led to arrests, and successfully defended clients against litigation from liquidators in the High Court.
We were delighted to sponsor the Portsmouth Property Association’s Annual Charity Dinner, the ‘Overall Business of the Year’ at The News Business Excellence Awards and to have continued to host our monthly meetings of Portsmouth Professionals with guest speakers ranging from corporate CEOs to television personalities.
We organised a networking event at for fellow residents of offices at 1000 Lakeside, a drop-in clinic at Portchester Business Centre, supported Rowan’s Hospice during the charity’s ‘Make a Will Fortnight’ and took part in The London Legal Support Trust's annual 'Legal Walk' in Chichester which raised money for the South and West Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau’s provision of legal services for the poorest and most vulnerable.
All in all, it has been a very busy year, but one that we could not have done without the hard work of our staff, the trust and continued business from our clients and the support from our associates in the local, legal and business communities.
We thank you and wish you all the best for 2018.