Law firm making a name for itself
LAW firm Enigma is celebrating its second birthday – having grown throughout the double dip recession and made a name by suing other solicitors.
The firm was set up by experienced lawyers Rory Smith and Neil Mercer to specialise in civil and commercial litigation.
Two years on, the North Hill-based business is established, now employing five other people, and continuing to grow.
And it has found much of its workload comes from people wanting to bring other solicitors to court.
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When law firms make errors, they can be sued for breach of contract and the tort of negligence.
"All we do is sue people and defend claims, and an increasing number are against solicitors," said Mr Mercer.
"We didn't expect that. We are surprised by the number of genuine claims that emerge from the people contacting us.
"We will deal with almost any dispute. My main area of involvement has been large scale commercial disputes, often, but not always, involving construction or property.
"We've grown as a firm, and I am looking to expand in these areas" said Mr Mercer.
Mr Smith added: "A lot of people think you will never get a solicitor to sue another solicitor.
"But at Enigma we don't hide the fact that we are enthusiastic about taking on these cases. Why not? Some solicitors publicise that they sue dentists, drivers, or doctors. We sue solicitors."
Mr Smith stressed the firm had been careful to approach the subject constructively.
"Almost everyone makes mistakes at some point," he said. "Sometimes legal action is an appropriate response.
"If you had a bad experience with a solicitor and you now have a poor opinion about the legal profession, we want to put things right."
Enigma has also broken new ground by branding a taxi.
Its Plymouth hackney cab even bears the slogan: "We sue solicitors".
Mr Smith said: "I liked the idea of a taxi because it ensures we have as big a chance as possible of connecting with anybody and everybody who might need our help. Anybody can see us about any claim against any solicitor."
Enigma continues to grow. Aside from solicitor partners Mr Mercer and Mr Smith, the firm also now employs Steve Smith as office and accounts manager, Aimee Tunnell as PA, Hannah Evans as a paralegal, Emma Smith as a typist, and Marina Waters to manage filing.
"We've grown as a firm, and we are looking to expand," said Mr Mercer. "If a litigator walked through the door tomorrow I would want to take them on.
"Increasingly I am finding my existing clients generate more work for me by recommending people they know.
"What's humbling and encouraging is we have so much work. It's nice people seek us out. The referrals come from the most extraordinary places.
"If they have a claim we will prosecute it assertively, and if we have to defend we will do so until the end."
"We will deal with almost any dispute," added Mr Mercer. "And we have benefited and continue to benefit from the support and encouragement of long-standing clients, for which we are very grateful."