Managing Partner: Robert Barrett
Number of partners: 35
Number of associates: 32
Number of trainee solicitors: 22
Other fee-earners: 402
THE FIRM Unlike many of the other firms operating in this sector Horwich Farrelly is a true specialist - general insurance claims work is all that it does. The firm’s business strategy is wholly focused on continually improving the quality, cost effectiveness and range of services it offers to its wide range of clients - with the aim of minimising their total indemnity spend and supporting their customer service objectives. Key to this is innovation. Over the years Horwich Farrelly has been at the forefront of the general insurance claims sector, developing technical arguments, services and processes that give it clients a real edge in the market. This has included: pursuing ground breaking litigation in the areas of credit hire, costs and fraudulent personal injury claims; developing novel handling processes for high value personal injury and suspect low speed impact cases; pioneering third party intervention and litigation avoidance schemes; and the early creation of a specialist costs budgeting team.
A significant ongoing investment in technology ensures it can continue to drive out unnecessary costs within its business, improve its operational efficiency and extend and improve its offerings for clients. Recent infrastructure enhancements have included a state-of-the-art collaboration system, scanning technology, and a powerful suite of business intelligence tools which allow clients unprecedented analytical capabilities and insight into their claims portfolio. The firm is rolling out a new case management system during 2017/18.
Horwich Farrelly’s 700 people, based in six offices nationwide, are passionate about what they do and extremely tenacious when it matters. They develop close working relationships with clients and revel in exceeding their expectations. As a result the firm is widely recognised as being friendly, approachable and highly knowledgeable, and has won a number of industry awards.
The recruitment of a sizeable, highly skilled team from Greenwoods in late 2015 means Horwich Farrelly’s large and complex injury group (LACIG) is now the largest and most experienced specialist team of its type in the market.
During the past twelve months the firm has augmented its casualty expertise through a number of key lateral hires.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Horwich Farrelly specialises in defendant personal injury (motor, EL and PL), counter-fraud, credit hire, recoveries and costs.
Its specialist groups include widely recognised experts in their fields, particularly in the large and complex injury, counter fraud, costs and credit hire areas in which the firm is an undoubted market leader.