Consultancy Service

Kerry is the acknowledged expert on legal systems, funding, Conditional and Contingency Fee Agreements, retainers, and marketing and advertising legal practices.

Senior Partner at Underwoods Solicitors and a solicitor since 1981, his consultancy clients include sovereign states and governments, multinational law firms, sole practitioners, barristers’ chambers and many more.

Key aims of many consultancies are the maximising of costs recovery and ensuring that the retainers and funding arrangements are valid, especially important now given the massive increase in applications for Solicitors Act assessments.

Kerry also advises on ensuring that the Conditional Fee Agreement is properly explained and in major cases can explain direct to your client.

What's included?

  • Attending a day at your office and discussing anything you want.
  • Telephone and email helpline until the end of 2020 in relation to any matters connected with the consultancy, including cost matters, introduction of fixed recoverable costs, and how best to maximise revenue and profitability under such a scheme, including appropriate retainers with your clients.
  • Keeping you updated in relation to any changes in the law in this field and providing you with updated documents as and when Kerry amends them.
  • Unlimited access to Kerry's complete and updated electronic library of cases, write-ups of those cases, speeches, statutory instruments and articles to a whole range of subjects.
  • As many people as you want are welcome to attend the consultancy.


The fee for all of this is £6,000 including VAT and including travel and subsistence.

“We are a small, specialist 6 solicitor strong firm in Kent dealing with clinical negligence claims for patient Claimants.
We have been using Kerry for a couple of years now as a consultant to provide the following annually:- (1) review all our CFA and allied client care and costs documentation for full and up to date regulatory and recovery compliance (2) provide an all day training course with the fullest supporting documentation – bespoke to our individual circumstances and needs (3) be on hand to advise us authoritatively, definitively and practically with any problems or issues that arise on files ad-hoc throughout the year.
I can honestly say that the arrangement is one of the best that my firm has ever entered into both in terms of risk compliance and commercial recovery. Kerry’s knowledge in this area is Encyclopedic and simply unrivalled. He combines it with prompt efficient support whenever needed with the full benefit of commercial nous and understanding our firm and the market place that we operate in. It all adds up to extraordinary value for money and I would strongly recommend his consultancy to any firm of any size in any area of practice where costs recovery is important – which I guest is most”
Nick Fairweather, Fairweathers Solicitors LLP
“We are a firm of solicitors in South Wales, who act solely on behalf of Personal Injury Claimants. Kerry began carrying out consultancy for us in early 2013 with the abolition of the recoverability of success fees and ATE insurance premiums looming on the horizon. Without wishing to put too fine a point on it, I think it’s safe to say that his input transformed the way in which we operated. We adopted the ‘Underwoods Method’ of funding and have seen our Practice grow – in terms of new instructions, turnover and profitability - year on year as a result, ever since”
Alistair Worth, Solicitor and Managing Director, Mooneerams Solicitors, Cardiff
“I engaged Kerry Underwood to spend a day with me at my office to run through my files, answer some specific questions and ensure compliance. As a sole practitioner, I found it highly valuable to have a knowledgeable colleague with whom to discuss issues of particular importance to my practice. I cannot thank him enough for his down to earth approach and helpful guidance. I can highly recommend his consultancy service”.
Barbara Woodbridge, Millgate Woodbridge Ltd
“Howlett Clarke has used Underwoods services for a specific project and Kerry provided invaluable help and advice on Conditional Fee Agreements and assisted the firm in drafting the necessary documentation. Kerry’s practical expertise on funding and retainers is second to none.”
Jackie Gillespie, Managing Partner, Howlett Clarke
“Kerry Underwood combines rigorous analysis, hard work and commercial acumen in a manner that is all too rare among legal advisers. He is more than a lawyer. He is a consigliere.”
Donal Blaney, Griffin Law

To discuss this tailor-made service please contact Kerry on 01442 430900 or email