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Meet the team - Brett Storey, business development manager

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Helen Spivey, senior marketing communications manager, August 05, 2019

We catch up with Brett Storey who recently joined our business development team.

Brett has 30 years’ experience combining the legal and insurance sectors, most recently as regional business manager at accident management company Proximo, and before that business development manager at leading legal expenses insurer ARAG.

He will play a key role in supporting panel law firms, working alongside Tim Wood and Peter Sweeney.

First4Lawyers was well-known to Brett long before he joined: “I was already aware of First4Lawyers’ strong reputation through my previous roles at Proximo and ARAG. The firms I came across in these roles also worked with First4Lawyers and gave very positive feedback about the service and quality of work being provided. It was a great opportunity to join an award-winning business.”

Since joining in April, Brett has split his time between his base in Leeds, visiting firms and spending time in our Huddersfield head office. He says: “Now that I have seen ‘behind the scenes’ in Huddersfield, I can see why First4Lawyers is so well-regarded. The claims team is outstanding, with legal professionals demonstrating great empathy and care for potential claimants. I’ve been really impressed and of course, reassured by what I have seen.”

As with Tim and Peter, a great deal of Brett’s time will be spent on the road, visiting our panel firms. He explains: “I’ll be supporting panel law firms across the eastern side of the country, so they’ll be seeing a lot of me in the coming months and I’m looking forward to introducing new firms to the benefits of panel membership. I live in Leeds, so it’s close to the office and a good base for visiting firms across my region. 

Like everyone at First4Lawyers, Brett is undeterred about the future: “It’s clear to everyone working across personal injury that the Civil Liability Act will bring unwelcome change, but what’s less clear is when it will actually happen. I’m hearing a lot of scepticism about the April 2020 implementation date being met, with the main concern being about whether the technology to support it will be ready to go live. Commentators are currently forecasting an October 2020 implementation date as more realistic. Yet, we’ve all seen how the government is distracted by Brexit, so much may depend on that.

“However, everyone at First4Lawyers will be watching matters closely as they develop and will be there to support our panel firms when the change comes. Speaking from the viewpoint of someone new to First4Lawyers, I can see the very clear benefits that working with an organisation like ours can bring in a competitive market.”

Outside of work, it’s all about football for Brett, supporting his beloved Leeds United and acting as taxi driver and chief supporter to his ten-year-old son Isaac, who plays football for Drighlington Juniors and he describes as “an old-school centre-half”. Here’s hoping then that England may have discovered their new Terry Butcher, or for our younger readers, the next Harry Maguire!