Solicitors hand back £1.5m to miners under voluntary scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 11th, 2009 in case management, compensation, fees, industrial injuries, miners, news, solicitors by sally

“Solicitors have handed back more than £1.5m to injured former miners under a new voluntary repayment scheme after wrongly deducting fees from miners’ government compensation awards – and this figure could rise further as the project rolls on, the Gazette can reveal.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th September 2009

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Corby to appeal against disability verdict – The Independent

Posted August 19th, 2009 in birth, industrial injuries, negligence, news, pollution by sally

“A council found negligent in its clean-up of former steel works which may have led to birth defects is to appeal against a High Court ruling.”

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The Independent, 19th August 2009

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Birth defect families get £1.6m – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2009 in birth, industrial injuries, negligence, news, pollution by sally

“A council in Northamptonshire at the centre of a birth defects case has been ordered to pay affected families an initial £1.6m to cover legal fees.”

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BBC News, 14th August 2009

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Miners win negligence payouts from solicitors over coal health claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 7th, 2009 in compensation, industrial injuries, miners, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

“Injured miners who successfully sued their former solicitors for under-settling coal health compensation claims have won tens of thousands of pounds in settlements, it has emerged.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th August 2009

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Corby ‘toxic soup’ case: why it’s a long way from being over – The Times

Posted August 6th, 2009 in birth, industrial injuries, negligence, news, pollution by sally

“The satisfaction of the Corby families last week about the High Court ruling over the link between the reclamation work of a former British Steel plant between 1985 and 1999 and the disabilities suffered by their children might have suggested that the compensation cheques had already being written.”

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The Times, 6th August 2009

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‘Why did the judge say no to me?’ – The Independent

Posted August 4th, 2009 in birth, industrial injuries, negligence, news, pollution by sally

“Families of the two deformed children excluded from last week’s ruling against Corby council are vowing to fight on.”

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The Independent, 4th August 2009

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News focus: miners’ compensation – Law Society’s Gazette

“The work that solicitors have done under the mineworkers’ compensation scheme has attracted the attention of press, parliament and the public ever since details of wrongdoing began to emerge earlier this decade. But the debate has focused on two controversies: the millions of pounds that solicitors have earned, and the deductions that some solicitors made from miners’ compensation.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th July 2009

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Car firm fined over hurt worker – BBC News

Posted May 29th, 2009 in health & safety, industrial injuries, news by sally

“A car parts company has been fined almost £6,000 after a worker was crushed in an accident in a workshop.”

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BBC News, 28th May 2009

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Struck off: lawyer who made £13m from sick miners – The Times

“A former television presenter who became one of Britain’s highest-earning solicitors has been struck off for ‘disgraceful’ misconduct in his handling of sick miners’ compensation claims.”

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The Times, 1st May 2009

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Six lawyers at Raleys guilty of misconduct over £7m miners’ awards – The Times

“Three solicitors whose deal with Arthur Scargill led their firm to slice £7.7 million from compensation awards to sick coalminers were suspended yesterday for professional misconduct.”

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The Times, 18th February 2009

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Miners’ solicitors breached code – BBC News

“Solicitors in South Yorkshire deliberately breached a code of conduct to collect £32m in fees from miners’ compensation claims, a tribunal ruled.”

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BBC News, 17th February 2009

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Corby council accused in first birth defects case since thalidomide – The Times

Posted February 16th, 2009 in birth, industrial injuries, negligence, news, pollution by sally

“A council was today accused of causing birth defects to 18 babies after its redevelopment of a gigantic former steelworks was allegedly marred by negligence, greed and nepotism. ”

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The Times, 16th February 2009

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M&S fined £20,000 over lost toe – BBC News

Posted February 3rd, 2009 in health & safety, industrial injuries, news by sally

“Marks and Spencer has been fined £20,000 after a worker lost part of his toe in a warehouse accident.”

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BBC News, 3rd February 2009

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Government ‘repeating mistakes’ by fighting miners in court – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2009 in claims management, fees, industrial injuries, law firms, miners, news by sally

“The government is spending millions of pounds in legal fees fighting the claims of sick miners in a move that lawyers say will recreate the mistakes of the past.”

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The Guardian, 12th January 2009

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£6m of sick miners’ awards went to Arthur Scargill’s union – The Times

Posted January 7th, 2009 in compensation, industrial injuries, miners, news, trade unions by sally

“Arthur Scargill’s trade union was paid more than £6 million by a firm of solicitors that deducted the money from compensation awarded to sick miners for industrial disease, a tribunal was told.”

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The Times, 7th January 2009

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More solicitors to face tribunal over coalminers’ scandal – The Times

“Solicitors across Britain are bracing themselves for further sanctions over the coalminers’ compensation scandal that led to two lawyers being struck off for dishonesty.”

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The Times, 13th December 2008

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Shamed solicitor Jim Beresford plans legal services ‘supermarket’ – The Times

Posted December 12th, 2008 in claims management, industrial injuries, news, solicitors by sally

“Jim Beresford aims to bounce back from yesterday’s public humiliation with a multimillion-pound marketing campaign to set up Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’.”

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The Times, 12th December 2008

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Struck off: lawyers who milked sick miners for millions – The Independent

“A solicitor who became Britain’s richest lawyer was yesterday struck off after being found guilty of creaming millions of pounds from compensation paid to sick miners. Jim Beresford, 58, and his partner Douglas Smith, 52, were also ordered to pay substantial costs for serious professional misconduct over the handling of personal injury claims made under a compensation scheme for miners suffering coal dust-related diseases and other injuries.”

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The Independent, 12th December 2008

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Asbestos cancer victims win High Court fight for mesothelioma insurance payouts – The Times

Posted November 21st, 2008 in asbestos, industrial injuries, insurance, news by sally

“Thousands of victims of a fatal asbestos-related lung cancer are in line for six-figure sums in compensation after a victory today that lands insurers with a multi-million pound bill.”

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The Times, 21st November 2008

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Asbestos compensation ruling due – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2008 in asbestos, industrial injuries, insurance, news by sally

“A ruling is expected later that could have profound implications for asbestos-related cancer victims and their families.”

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BBC News, 21st November 2008

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