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Can white knight lawyers return?

There are challenges ahead if we want to breathe new life into the reputation of claimant lawyers, but that should not stop us from trying, writes Jonathan Wheeler

26 June 2017

Being a white knight in the legal profession might seem like a lofty ambition, but it wasn’t always so. Anyone who qualified as a lawyer before the end of the last century will recognise the old white knights, the good guys, fighting selflessly on behalf of accident victims. This was why I joined Bolt Burdon Kemp in 1998. It already had a proven reputation as a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence outfit which championed the rights of injured people. I am very proud to have just taken over as the managing partner of this firm which I have helped shape throughout most of my career. 

It is hard to miss the billboards publicising the latest cinematic retelling of King Arthur. Even with the legend of the king and his knights fresh in the public consciousness, their counterparts in the legal profession are in danger of falling by the wayside.

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