Prof helps law firm predict future

first_imgA London firm has teamed up with academics to create what it claims is a scientific way of predicting case outcomes.Hodge Jones & Allen said the modelling technique will help it to better assess the viability of its 1,200 personal injury cases.Professor Andrew Chester, an expert in economic management at University College London, studied information about the outcomes of 600 cases over the course of a year.Cases were assessed by the demographics of the claimants, the nature and cause of the injury, the type of defendant and quality of their solicitor, the number and type of witnesses, corroborating evidence and the time between injury and instruction.Key determining factors to emerge in the prediction model were the age and working status of the claimant and the time between injury and instruction. Witnesses and reliable evidence were not important in predicting a win or loss, but became more crucial in achieving higher damages.HJA said the study produced ‘robust models’ to predict the likelihood of cases being successful. The firm now plans to turn these into Excel-based routines to help make initial assessments of cases.Patrick Allen, senior partner of HJA, said that these models will not replace the experience and judgement of the firm’s ‘exceptional’ enquiry handling team, but would ‘provide an additional aid to them in a world where it is no longer good enough to take a case on with a 50% chance of success and where fees are restricted to a few hundred pounds’.The firm aims to test the model against actual outcomes and is looking to expand it to other areas of the business involving high-volume work.last_img read more

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Injured Onda to miss Four Continents

first_imgYoshie Onda, the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Prix figure skating title, will skip the upcoming Four Continents Championships to nurse her injured right leg, officials of the Japan Skating Federation said Thursday.Onda will be replaced by Yukari Nakano, bronze medalist at the ongoing Winter Asian Games in Aomori Prefecture, at the Feb. 12-15 meet in Beijing. Onda won the Bofrost Cup in Germany in November, less than three weeks before the 20-year-old Tokai Gakuen University student claimed her second Grand Prix victory at the NHK Trophy on home soil.She withdrew from the Winter Asian Games due to the leg injury and saw late replacement Shizuka Arakawa capture the gold on Tuesday. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

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Moussa Dembele won’t leave Celtic for Chelsea after London trip

first_imgMoussa Dembele has ruled out a deadline day move from Celtic to Chelsea.The Frenchman was pictured on a flight to London on Tuesday morning, sparking intense speculation he could be set to complete a deadline day move away from the Scottish champions.It was later clarified that Dembele was on his way to the capital for a scan on his knee, with injury keeping him out of Celtic’s 4-0 win over Hearts on Sunday.Rumours continue to swirl that the 20-year-old could make a late switch to the English Premier League, with Chelsea reported to be the club leading the pursuit. However the attacker tweeted a picture of himself celebrating a goal along with a scene from the film ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ where Leonardo di Caprio’s character declares that he’s not leaving.last_img

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