PHIL SHERWOOD
Consultant

Phil is a costs specialist who began his career in Insurance, dealing with personal injury and complex claims, where he started his CILEx studies. In 1995 he moved to a London based PI practice dealing with high volume RTA caseload involving credit hire and repair.

In 1996 Phil moved back to Bournemouth to work for a medium sized law firm dealing with mixed caseload of PI and Clinical Negligence. He qualified in 2000 and went on to head up the PI department and was involved in the management of the firm, finances and marketing etc. Phil gained expertise in dealing with serious injury cases from RTA, Industrial Disease, Employers Liability, Public Liability and Occupiers Liability involving complex issues upon liability, causation and quantum.

Later Phil moved to another Dorset based firm and dealt with mixed caseload of PI claims, and headed up the Motorcycle department and Equine Law department, gaining further experience in marketing, referral sources and funding schemes.

In 2011 Phil started his consultancy career in costs using his experience gained in over 20 years in PI, working with both Claimant and Defendant law firms, and insurers.

At Citadel Law, Phil specialises in caseload evaluation and assessment of risks. Identifying issues that need to be addressed in order to provide the best outcome to the client and maximise any financial benefit to the firm. Assessing cases to ensure effective processes used, and good progression of cases by way of effective case management and supervision, to ensure the best possible result for the client and commerciality of the case for the firm.

Since April 2014 Phil has been carrying out post LASPO reviews analysing data post 1 April 2014 on the impact in low value RTA, EL, PL and OL caseloads. Looking specifically at quality of business leads, conversion rates, risk assessment, Mitchell and Denton consequences, WIP lock up days and profit, this role has been vital to clients, advising on the emerging business models that will be successful post LASPO.

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Chair of the Bournemouth and District Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Former Member of the Civil Justice Council’s Costs Committee – Conducted an evidence based review of Guideline Hourly Rates and reporting recommendations for change to the Master of the Rolls.

Three words that describe Phil at work

Pragmatic, thorough and communicative

For fun

Anything involving motorcycles, being on the water or spending time outdoors with family
Contact: philsherwood@citadel-law.com