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Lawyers Weekly 15.06.2017

A Brisbane-based law firm says despite its smaller size, its annual turnover is set to double by 2018 largely due to an authentic and community-focused strategy.

According to personal injury firm Kemp Law, its customer-centric focus has seen a record of more than 700 files in under four years of operation.

Founded in 2014, Kemp Law was launched by Michael Kemp (pictured) with little capital and a small team of legal practitioners. Now it has a current annual turnover of $2 million dollars, which Mr Kemp noted is set to double by January 2018.

Speaking about what makes his firm unique, Mr Kemp said its focused work in the community has seen it not only survive in the competitive legal market, but thrive.

“I believe our customer-centric model sets our firm apart,” he said.

“We don’t believe in, nor adopt the cookie-cutter approach in any facet of our legal practice. Instead, we turn our focus to involvement in charity and community grassroots work.”

Mr Kemp noted that understanding the community has been crucial to Kemp Law’s success, noting that the firm’s strong ties to locals has helped grow the business exponentially.

“It’s important to always be honest, loyal and adopt a heart-felt approach with each case, and we’re really proud of the strong relationships we have within the community,” he said.

“Building a good rapport allows people to be drawn towards what you do and as a direct reflection of how this impacts our strategy, most of our new business comes from feedback and referrals from our clients.”

Looking ahead, Mr Kemp said it has no plans of slowing down its success rate.

“Our ultimate goal has remained the same throughout our entire journey – to understand the tough times and specialise in helping our clients claim back control of their lives,” he concluded.

https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/sme-law/21300-little-guys-can-be-just-as-impactful-as-the-big-guys

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Qld firm ‘quadruples’ turnover in 3 years

A Brisbane-based firm says it has quadrupled its turnover in just three years with the help of an alternative solution.

Kemp Law managing partner Michael Kemp said by using disbursement funding, his firm has been able to increase its active cases from 50 to 600 in three years, while forecasting that the firm will reach 1,000 cases by the end of 2017.

Mr Kemp said by utilising disbursement funding through JustKapital Disbursement Funding his firm has been able to defer the payment of all third-party costs until settlement, rather than paying for disbursements upfront.

“Disbursement funding has directly contributed the firm quadrupling its turnover in the three years,” Mr Kemp said.

“Our rate of growth correlates with being able to take on more cases without having to continually outlay money upfront for third-party reports, which are essential to progress the claim.

“We’re not talking loose change here. In our situation, there’s been approximately $2 million of specialist reports required for the 600-odd claims to date that we haven’t had to provide upfront funding for.”

Disbursement funding, he said, has allowed the firm to mitigate the challenges of actively facilitating growth to ensure the firm’s sustainability, while taking away cash flow pressures.

“The primary challenge for starting and maintaining a PI firm is cash flow. If you open your firm with say 50 matters, you’ve got to have the resources to fund them yourself for the first 12 months. This can be crippling – particularly as all PI cases typically need a variety of specialist reports to substantiate the claim,” Mr Kemp said.

“Reports are usually about $3,000 to $6,000 for a straight-forward claim, but can quickly become $35,000 plus for more complex injuries. In actual figures, this equates to a minimum of $250,000 for the reports that align with the 50 cases, upfront.

“This ongoing expenditure can break a start-up, which is why being able to defer payment through disbursement funding has been so significant, and why we’ve been able to increase our number of cases so quickly.”

Speaking about Mr Kemp and his firm’s success, JustKapital Disbursement Funding general manager Anthony Hersch said, “Disbursement funding is a practice that’s well-established and widely adopted internationally, and is geared to assist SME law firms, personal injury law firms, commercial litigation firms and family law firms”.

“By definition, it is the provision of finance for third party costs (disbursements) that a legal firm incurs on behalf of their clients that forms part of any litigation. The reason this financial solution is powerful is it allows the law firm to defer payment of disbursements until settlement, or up to 30 months – whichever comes first,” he said.

“The upside of disbursement funding is clear. Use it to release capital constraints, take on additional cases and generate more revenue. We encourage SME law firms to take advantage of this smart alternative in 2017.”

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Christmas On Kemp Law!

It’s that time of the year again where we get to share in the Christmas spirit by providing two lucky, randomly picked winners, one of their choice of either a $500 Toys R Us Gift Voucher, or a $500 Coles Gift Voucher.

To enter, all you need to do is complete our Contact Form and state in 25 words or less why you need it. We look forward to all of your responses and picking out the two lucky winners, to be announced on the 21st of December 2016, with the vouchers able to be picked up from our office on the 23rd of December 2016.

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year!

Team Kemp Law

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Work Cover Amendment

Work Cover Amendment

Workers’ Compensation in Queensland has recently been amended on 24 September 2015. This scheme previously had a massive change in October 2013 introduced by the previous Newman government. This year’s amendment is simply restoring our Workers’ Compensation system to what it was before October 2013. Whilst Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2015 (Qld) (“the amended Act”) sets out various changes, the most important changes for Queensland workers are:-

  1. Abolishing 5% threshold rule for common law claims; and
  2. Introducing additional compensation schemes for the workers injured before 24 September 2015.

After October 2013 amendment, 5% threshold rule (“the rule”) has been limiting injured workers’ entitlement for a common law damages, if the workers receive below 6% from the Work Cover’s assessment on the workers’ degree of permanent impairment. The rule no longer exists in the amended Act.

The amended Act defines two (2) different periods for additional compensations, being: pre-amended Act and transitional period. Section 708 defines pre-amended Act as “Act as in force before 31 January 2015”, and further defines transitional period commencing from 31 January 2015 and ending on 24 September 2015.

Queensland workers sustained injuries during the transitional period are entitled to seek common law damages against their employers regardless of their degree of permanent impairment, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

For the workers sustained injuries before 31 January 2015, unfortunately section 709 in the amended Act confirms that the pre-amended Act to be continued to apply on these injuries. The amended Act however allows the workers injured before 31 January 2015 to seek additional payouts from the Work Cover, if conditions in section 193A are met. Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2015 (Qld) prescribes the amount of additional payout as $6,298.00 per percentage of degree of permanent impairment. Hence, the injured workers with 5% are entitled to seek additional $31,490.00 payouts.

It is therefore important for injured workers in Queensland, whether the date of injuries is before 31 January 2015 or after, to seek a professional legal advice in relations to the amended Act from nearby personal injury lawyers.

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Christmas on Kemp Law

Leading up to Christmas last year, Kemp Law ran a competition: Christmas on Kemp Law. The aim of this competition was to assist a family to try and have a better Christmas through the reception of $1000 worth of shopping vouchers. The winner of the competition was Ms Zarin Opel and below is a video clip of Zarin’s children playing with some toys purchased using the vouchers. We hope that this small gift from Kemp Law has brought a little extra joy to the Opel family.

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Kemp Law Pairs Up With Brisbane’s Premier MMA Event

Kemp Law is well known for its generosity and sponsorship of events and causes. Last year Kemp Law was a major sponsor in the Fainga’a Twin’s (brothers Anthony & Saia) Think Pink Gala Dinner. This event raised over $40,000 for the Think Pink Foundation to continue its work of providing ‘emotional, practical and physical support to women and men diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and carers.’

Today, Kemp Law announces that it will be the major and named sponsor of Nitro 13. Nitro 13 is the latest in a series of successful Australian mixed martial arts events. Mixed martial arts is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts.

Billed as the ultimate mixed martial arts event, Nitro 13 will include some of the best of their craft battling it out for total dominance. The main bout for the evening will peg the current Nitro Welterweight champion Anton Zafir against up-and-comer Ryan Heketa. This and the other scheduled bouts are sure to make for both an exciting and very physical evening of entertainment.

Nitro 13 will take place at the Logan Entertainment Centre (170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central) on Saturday 21 March. For tickets to this event, please visit www.nitromma.com.au or call Scott Ferris on 0412 638 496.

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Knowing Your Rights – Spinal Cord Injuries

If you have had a spinal cord injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, you may have a personal injury claim. It is critically important that we all understand our rights and the opportunities for recourse and compensation.

A spinal cord injury happens if pressure is applied to the spinal cord, and/or the blood and oxygen supply to the cord is disrupted. Disturbingly, approximately 46% of new spinal injuries each year are caused as a result of motor vehicle accidents.

Even if the spinal cord has not been completely severed, a spinal cord injury can still result in loss of function. In fact, most people with impaired functioning due to spinal cord injury still have an intact spinal cord.

Symptoms of possible spinal cord injury include:
+ Extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back;
+ Tingling or loss of sensation in the hand, fingers, feet, or toes
+ Partial or complete loss of control over any part of the body;
+ Urinary or bowel urgency, incontinence, or retention;
+ Difficulty with balance and walking;
+ Impaired breathing;
+ Unusual lumps on the head or spine.

If you or someone you know would like to find out more information about Personal Injury Compensation please don’t hesitate to contact us at Kemp Law. Our firm operates on a strict No Win, No Fee policy, ensuring that you won’t have to pay legal fees until we win your claim.

Sources:
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. Facts about Spinal Cord Injuries. Available at: www.rebuildinglives.com.au/facts. Accessed 19 February 2015.
The Mayo Clinic. Spinal Cord Injury. Available at: www.mayoclinic.com. Accessed 19 February 2015.
American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Spinal Cord Injury. Available at: www.neurosurgerytoday.org. Accessed 19 February 2015.

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Knowing Your Rights – Personal Injury Compensation

Under Queensland law if you have been involved in a trip, slip, fall or other accident where you have suffered an injury, you may have a personal injury claim. It is critically important that we all understand our rights and the opportunities for recourse and compensation under the law. 

If you have been injured on a premise or property owned by another personal, the occupier of the property might be liable to pay you compensation for your injury. This area of law is commonly known as public liability. Injuries may have a short-term impact or lasting effects causing permanent disabilities. Additionally, some individuals also have psychological ailments such as anxiety, depression or worse as a result of the accident. Individuals who have been injured physically or psychologically may have their ability to work impacted upon and this can cause significant impact on their income and earning capacity.

Under the law, occupiers have a duty of care to ensure that individuals that enter their property are safe. If you have injured yourself on a property occupied by another individual or company an assessment will need to be made on:

  • The nature of the land and the premises entered;
  • The nature and extent of the danger;
  • Whether something could have been reasonably done by the occupier to avoid possibility of the injury.

If you or someone you know would like to find out more information about Personal Injury Compensation please don’t hesitate to contact us at Kemp Law. Our firm operates on a strict No Win, No Fee policy, ensuring that you won’t have to pay legal fees until we win your claim.