ELMS Legal

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by ELMS Legal's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from ELMS Legal is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.elmslegal.co.uk

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Managing Director
Ed Shoreman-Lawson
ELMS Legal provides a variety of multidisciplinary services
to commercial and private clients alike, with experience
in a variety of sectors. Managing Director Ed Shoreman-
Lawson says delivering practical legal support in a cost-effective,
efficient and responsive manner is integral to ELMS’ continued
success. Its team of legal experts are predominantly proactive,
rather than reactive, aiming to stop clients’ issues before they
even start, but Ed and his team are also appropriately equipped
to provide practical solutions. Ed tells
The Parliamentary Review
about ELMS Legal’s advocacy work, and discusses the wider
reputation of some of the areas they operate in.
At ELMS Legal we provide advocacy to the legal sector, with over 100 personally
selected and trained advocates, whose backgrounds vary from paralegals and
solicitors to barristers; even some deputy district judges are currently being
instructed by us. Established in 2015, we have been regulated by CILEx since June
2016.
The opportunity to work at ELMS Legal arose via a former client, and I decided to
accept this exciting challenge and was delighted to become part of a company that
operated much like a set of legal chambers in providing advocacy services.
To date, and thanks to the tireless efforts of our dedicated team, we are thrilled to
announce that we have become the number-one advocacy provider to the parking
industry.
From Berwick-upon-Tweed to Truro
We began with only 25 professional advocates on the books and have more than
quadrupled this number since our foundation. We work from Berwick-upon-Tweed
to Truro and everywhere in between.
We attend hearings, sometimes up to half an hour before the court session,
throughout England and Wales. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have
never missed a client’s request, and it is this which has kept us afloat. We began
with around 20 hearings a month, and now bring in excess of 500 in the same
timeperiod.
ELMS Legal is a business of family and friends. I am the director, and my wife assists
behind the scenes. My daughter is the cleaner. Our office manager, who trained as
a mathematician, has been fundamental to the growth of our company, and we
feel that the strong work ethic of everyone at ELMS Legal has been essential in our
dramatic increase in number of clients over the past three years of regulation.
AT A GLANCE
ELMS LEGAL
»Managing Director:
EdShoreman-Lawson
»Regulated in 2016
»Located in Lincolnshire, with
nationwide services
»Services: Legal support for
legal professionals
»No. of employees: Over 100
advocates, 8 employees
ELMS Legal
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
30 | ELMS LEGAL
Managing Director
Ed Shoreman-Lawson
ELMS Legal provides a variety of multidisciplinary services
to commercial and private clients alike, with experience
in a variety of sectors. Managing Director Ed Shoreman-
Lawson says delivering practical legal support in a cost-effective,
efficient and responsive manner is integral to ELMS’ continued
success. Its team of legal experts are predominantly proactive,
rather than reactive, aiming to stop clients’ issues before they
even start, but Ed and his team are also appropriately equipped
to provide practical solutions. Ed tells
The Parliamentary Review
about ELMS Legal’s advocacy work, and discusses the wider
reputation of some of the areas they operate in.
At ELMS Legal we provide advocacy to the legal sector, with over 100 personally
selected and trained advocates, whose backgrounds vary from paralegals and
solicitors to barristers; even some deputy district judges are currently being
instructed by us. Established in 2015, we have been regulated by CILEx since June
2016.
The opportunity to work at ELMS Legal arose via a former client, and I decided to
accept this exciting challenge and was delighted to become part of a company that
operated much like a set of legal chambers in providing advocacy services.
To date, and thanks to the tireless efforts of our dedicated team, we are thrilled to
announce that we have become the number-one advocacy provider to the parking
industry.
From Berwick-upon-Tweed to Truro
We began with only 25 professional advocates on the books and have more than
quadrupled this number since our foundation. We work from Berwick-upon-Tweed
to Truro and everywhere in between.
We attend hearings, sometimes up to half an hour before the court session,
throughout England and Wales. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have
never missed a client’s request, and it is this which has kept us afloat. We began
with around 20 hearings a month, and now bring in excess of 500 in the same
timeperiod.
ELMS Legal is a business of family and friends. I am the director, and my wife assists
behind the scenes. My daughter is the cleaner. Our office manager, who trained as
a mathematician, has been fundamental to the growth of our company, and we
feel that the strong work ethic of everyone at ELMS Legal has been essential in our
dramatic increase in number of clients over the past three years of regulation.
AT A GLANCE
ELMS LEGAL
»Managing Director:
EdShoreman-Lawson
»Regulated in 2016
»Located in Lincolnshire, with
nationwide services
»Services: Legal support for
legal professionals
»No. of employees: Over 100
advocates, 8 employees
ELMS Legal
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LAW & JUSTICE
We work on certain cases concerning
debt recovery for some clients and
always ensure that our team are able
to tailor their advice to the specific
instance. We are always working to
expand our roster of work.
In our first year our turnover was
extremely modest, whereas now we
recognise that we are no longer a
small business.
The Aldi of advocacy
We are confident in our ability to
provide a Waitrose service for an Aldi
price. We are the cheapest advocacy
provider, which has allowed us to
grow at quite an unprecedented rate.
There are not many companies in our
sphere of work who offer comparable
service for a comparable price, and as
such we have been able to enter the
market and take it by storm. We are
now hoping to expand our services
and have recently been working on
mediation. Our overall hope is that
our work can aid the professional
development of our clients and
can provide the most simple and
straightforward process for them.
The challenge of challenges
The central challenges we face as a
legal firm, is the fact that our chosen
areas of work and in particular our
parking law advocacy, isn’t the most
welcomed or popular area of law in
which to practise.
In order to counteract these challenges,
we train our staff and advocates to
an extremely high standard in fully
explaining the much-needed purpose
of our clients’ essential work, which is
often misunderstood. On the whole,
once an individual or an authority
is fully informed of all the facts, any
preformed preconceptions do fall away.
In fact, many of the kindest words
we have ever received have come
from, aside from our clients, opposing
parties, when we have been able to
explain a situation in detail to reach an
amicable resolution for allconcerned.
Growing up
We are increasingly confident of
our future capacity for growth and
are currently looking to offer other
substantial areas of practice in addition
to our current services.
We are also continuously engaging in
dialogue with our existing clients in
order to continue to support them to
the very best of our ability with a full
understanding of their needs.
We believe that our firm is able to
provide a high-quality service without
the associated price tag, and we are
proud of our growth of recent years.
We are also ruthlessly determined
to support our dedicated team of
advocates and remain in talks with
them at all times to provide any
assistance they might need. At the
same time, in the early days of setting
up an organisation, we are happy
to be able to provide them a much-
needed voice.
The team
We began
with only 25
professional
advocates on
the books and
have more
than
quadrupled
this number
since our
foundation

www.elmslegal.co.uk

This article was sponsored by ELMS Legal. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development