We’re different from traditional commercial lawyers and small claims solicitors. Stormcatcher is committed to customer service. We aim to take the stress and anxiety out of complaints and legal problems by offering direct telephone access to an expert business law lawyer, initial free legal advice and fixed price, low-cost help and support on demand.
Stormcatcher is different from traditional solicitors and barristers. We don’t operate from expensive high street offices or chambers. We operate without clerks, secretaries or partners. With limited overheads, we are able to offer affordable fixed-price legal services at a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms. Our lean business model means you get to speak to a lawyer or paralegal straight away.
Offering an initial 15-minute consultation and free legal advice gives businesses and private clients a try-before-you-buy experience unheard of in the legal profession. Our fixed-fee services are centred around a collaborative approach to resolving disputes. We work closely with clients to help reduce the costs and the stress of putting their future in some else’s hands while helping to deliver the best solution for them.
We are insured by the industry’s leading insurer in accordance with recommended requirements.
Stormcatcher Law is a back to basics online law firm. A virtual legal practice without plush offices, secretaries and telephone menus which gives you the freedom to choose what online legal services and help you want, when you want it.
However, we’re not faceless Internet lawyers giving legal advice through an online helpdesk or chat room. Every client gets telephone advice from a legal professional. If you instruct us, you’ll get the mobile number and direct email address of your own dedicated lawyer.
Our backgrounds mean we talk your language. This makes it easy for us to understand your issues and for you to understand and act on the advice and options available. Straight talking, straight forward business legal people.
Like it or not cost is invariably the deciding factor when deciding whether to rely on the internet, Citizens Advice or to consult a legal professional, which is why we offer everyone an initial free consultation and legal advice. From there on, everything we do is a fixed-price, menu service and a fraction of the cost of high street lawyers.
We compromise on price but not on quality. Every client has access to the same lawyer with the same attention to detail and the same accessibility, whether it’s for contract checking or an in-house secondment.
As a legal consultancy and specialist practice we pride ourselves on delivering practical, straight-talking advice, opinion and commentary on sector-specific issues, regularly contributing to industry magazines and conferences.
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Stormcatcher Legal Consultants, Business and Automotive Legal Services was set up by Philip Harmer in 2012 as a result of his own experience of trying to find a lawyer from a local law firm to provide affordable & understandable legal advice and services.
As then a business owner, selling, financing and leasing cars and repairing vehicles out of his two bodyshops he had first-hand experience of the cost and wait to see or speak to a solicitor and the feeling that the lawyers weren’t on the same page let alone the same planet.
Philip Harmer is a commercial lawyer, arbitrator and owner of the Surrey-based Stormcatcher Law. He is best known as a leading automotive and used car expert specialising in classic car, high performance and prestige car disputes and fraud in the UK and internationally.
He is an independent, specialist lawyer and consultant providing legal services across a wide range of practice areas. These include consumer rights, business law, corporate governance and corporate wrongdoing and construction law. He was given the nickname “Stormcatcher” by his first corporate clients for his incisive business analysis, aptitude and success in solving business problems and dispute resolution.
Philip is renowned for his straight talking, down to earth approach and commitment to delivering high quality affordable legal advice and services.
Coming to the law as a second career, Philip is a member of an elite group of individuals who pursued a successful business career while simultaneously completing the academic stages of his professional development, full time.
Philip has unrivalled experience at all levels within the automotive industry including independent used car retailers, accident repairs, servicing, motor finance and within Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK, Mercedes-Benz Thurrock (Jardine Motors) and franchised main dealers. He also has first-hand knowledge and insight into the civil engineering & construction industry, including domestic building works, homeowner extensions, home improvements and property development.
He graduated from the University of Kent with a qualifying law degree and a post-graduate Masters degree in International Commercial law specialising in consumer law & policy, finance & corporate governance. Following his successful completion of the BPTC at BPP Law School Holborn, specialising in international commercial trade he was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple. Having completed the accelerated route to membership, he became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for UK and International Commercial Arbitration.
Despite this, he does not practise as a barrister and does not hold a practising certificate, although holds professional indemnity insurance. This is simply because his unique background, experience and demand for his expertise drove him to enter private practise rather than enter pupillage.
His unique portfolio, creative and common-sense approach has led to him emerging as a leading designer & provider of trading law & motor trade law training for vehicle manufacturers and dealerships for which he is a BMW approved supplier.
Although Philp qualified as a barrister, he is not entitled to practise as a barrister. He does not have a practising certificate and is not on the register of practising barristers. Therefore, in providing any legal services he is not acting as a barrister and is not subject to many of the rules which regulate practising barristers. He can provide you with legal advice and represent you before certain Tribunals but cannot represent you in Court. He aims to provide you with good service and if you have any concerns about what he does for you, please let us know and we will try to resolve the problem.
But you should know that you would have only limited rights to complain about him to anyone else. The Legal Ombudsman, which can adjudicate on complaints about poor service by practising barristers, cannot consider any complaint against him. In respect of any legal advice he provides, there is a substantial risk that you will not be able to rely on legal advice privilege.
If we cannot resolve your concerns, you can complain to the Bar Standards Board and it will investigate whether he has failed to comply with any of the rules which apply but it cannot investigate possible breaches of rules which apply only to practising barristers.