York accident solicitor sets up own practice after Ingrams sale

After her employer sold off its personal injury claims division, one accident solicitor from York has set up her own legal practice.

Law firm Ingrams, with offices in both Hull and York, has sold off the lion’s share of its personal injury compensation cases to Hull and Leeds based Neil Hudgell Solicitors.  However, one former Ingrams accident claim expert, Dianna Bamforth, has retained a portion of her clients in order to set up Ardent Law, her own practice, launching in October of this year.

Ms Bamforth remarked that her new firm’s next move will look into the redeployment of four solicitors that worked alongside her at Ingrams into other fields of law.  The former Ingrams partner added that she believed that there is a viable future for personal injury law in the York region, unlike her former colleagues at her previous firm.

While she worked as a Bradford solicitor as a trainee, Ms Bamforth attended classes at Park Lane Law College in Leeds.  She fully qualified in 2003, but two years prior to that she allied with business partners to launch Ingrams in York.

Neil Hudgell Solicitors, which has already purchased two practices, launched a website earlier in 2011 with an aim at buying the personal injury clients of law firms.  The firm, which has more buyouts in the pipeline, said that it is gearing up towards increased levels of specialisation before October’s ushering in Alternative Business Structures, which will allow supermarkets and insurance companies to offer legal services to consumers.

York based Ingrams, which employs 50 staff members within the region, remarked that its new focus will be on several different services, including residential and commercial conveyancing, debt recovery, employment law, civil litigation, probate, and wills.

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