Partners at insurance law specialists BLM and Clyde & Co are set to vote on a possible merger which would create a combined firm with annual revenue of around £733 million (roughly €872 million). According to the Law Society Gazette in England and Wales, the firms – both of whic
Insurance risk and commercial law firm BLM is expected to hike NQ pay across the UK, according to reports. The firm, which has offices in Belfast and Dublin, currently offers newly-qualified solicitors a starting salary of £45,000 (roughly €53,400) in London and £32,000 (€38,00
The setting of a new personal injury discount rate (PIDR) for Northern Ireland could be jeopardised by the possible collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly, an insurance law expert has warned. The Damages (Return on Investment) Bill, which introduces a statutory methodology for calculating the dis
The Irish government should consider reviewing the flood insurance market to afford Irish home-owners the same high level of protection offered in the UK, insurance risk and commercial law firm BLM has said. A report from Gamma Location Intelligence found that almost 70,000 homes throughout Ireland
Insurance law specialists BLM and Clyde & Co are reportedly discussing a possible merger which would create a combined firm with annual revenue of £735 million. The firm recently entered "early-stage talks" and the details are "being kept tight by the pair's senior leadership teams", accor
Insurance risk and commercial law firm BLM, which employs around 60 people in Belfast, has signed up to a flexible working charter launched by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The ABI launched the #MakingFlexibleWork campaign earlier this year with the aim of increasing flexible working, i
Insurance risk and commercial law specialist BLM has announced three promotions and two new appointments in its Belfast office. Michelle McCullough and Tara McSorley have been promoted to partner and Michelle King has been promoted to associate.
Sports insurers across Ireland could face significant legal challenges depending on the outcome of landmark litigation in the UK courts, insurance risk and commercial law firm BLM has warned. More than 70 former rugby players are suing the sport's governing bodies for allegedly failing to protect th
BLM's Belfast Office has ushered in the New Year with four hires: Alanna Meeke, Klaudia Liberek, Laura Connor and Sara Brady. Solicitor Ms Meeke said: "After qualifying as a solicitor in 2017, I spent my first three years specialising in plaintiff litigation dealing mainly in the areas of indus
Commercial and insurance law specialists BLM, led in Dublin by Olivia Treston and Sinead Connolly, has been recognised for promoting inclusion in its ranks. Ms Treston and Ms Connolly were appointed as joint heads of office last year, having come through the ranks as commercial solicitors and associ
There should be an expansion in the use of remote and "hybrid" hearings to avoid the backlog in civil cases growing next year, commercial and insurance risk law specialist BLM has said. The Courts Service announced earlier this month that the backlog in the summons scheduling waiting list has been r
Insurance risk and commercial law specialist firm BLM has welcomed a decision not to set an interim personal injury discount rate pending legislation to introduce a new mechanism for setting the rate. The Department of Justice ran a consultation this summer on how the discount rate or “real ra
Insurance risk and commercial law specialist firm BLM has announced a series of promotions across its Belfast and Derry offices as part of a promotions round across Britain and Ireland. Rachel Keenan has been promoted to partner in Belfast, while Andrew McCorry and Rory Potter in Belfast and James K
Insurance risk and commercial law specialist firm BLM has announced the appointment of John Guerin as head of its Belfast and Derry offices. Mr Guerin, a former president of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, joins the firm amid a wider leadership restructure both north and south of the border.