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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We did nothing wrong in making millions out of sick miners, law firm tells tribunal – The Times

Posted November 20th, 2008 in claims management, industrial injuries, law firms, miners, news by sally

“A law firm that earned £141 million from a government industrial disease compensation scheme denied yesterday that it had exploited sick miners and their families.”

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The Times, 20th November 2008

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SRA comes under fire in Beresfords tribunal – The Lawyer

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) was accused of ignoring ‘false information’ and holding a ‘biased’ investigation, as the disciplinary tribunal against the coalminers lawyer Jim Beresford continued today.”

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The Lawyer, 18th November 2008

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Solicitors accused over ‘dubious deals’ with union official that cost sick miners thousands – The Times

Posted November 18th, 2008 in claims management, fees, industrial injuries, miners, news, solicitors, trade unions by sally

“Britain’s highest-earning solicitor acted dishonestly and with ‘conscious impropriety’ in dealings with a mining union that led to his firm handling thousands of industrial disease compensation claims, a tribunal heard yesterday.”

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The Times, 18th November 2008

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Solicitors ‘misled’ sick miners – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2008 in claims management, fees, industrial injuries, miners, news, solicitors by sally

“Two solicitors who won personal injury claims for thousands of miners have appeared before a tribunal accused of taking cuts from compensation pay-outs.”

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BBC News, 17th November 2008

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Behind the story: How digging for details unearthed a scandal – The Times

Posted November 14th, 2008 in claims management, fees, industrial injuries, law firms, news by sally

“It was meant to give sick and dying men recompense for the irreparable damage to their health caused by years of mining coal. Yet the legacy of the world’s biggest private injury compensation scheme is the number of opulent houses, private jets and luxury cars purchased with the profits of the solicitors who handled their claims.”

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The Times,14th November 2008

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Jim Beresford’s firm made £16.7m in year handling miners’ compensation claims – The Times

Posted November 14th, 2008 in fees, industrial injuries, law firms, miners, news by sally

“Jim Beresford gained the dubious distinction of being the ‘highest-earning solicitor in Britain’ through the profits generated by his firm’s handling of miners’ compensation claims.”

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The Times, 14th November 2008

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Miners’ compensation: third of solicitors now flout rules on secret payments to win work – The Times

Posted November 14th, 2008 in industrial injuries, miners, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

“The legal profession faces a radical overhaul of a multimillion-pound trade in which thousands of solicitors fork out confidential payments or commission to obtain work.”

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The Times, 14th November 2008

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Shipyard workers must be compensated for asbestos exposure – The Times

Posted September 22nd, 2008 in asbestos, industrial injuries, special report by sally

“The Justice Committee has the opportunity to reverse a decision to deny those with pleural plaques the right to compensation”

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The Times, 21st September 2008

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Pleasing employers, letting down victims? – The Times

Posted July 16th, 2008 in asbestos, damages, industrial injuries, news by sally

“Backbench MPs are seeking to block controversial plans they believe will prevent victims of asbestos-related diseases suing their employers for damages.”

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The Times, 15th July 2008

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Hope of £5,000 compensation for asbestos victims – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2008 in asbestos, compensation, industrial injuries, news by sally

“People suffering from pleural plaques through exposure to asbestos could qualify for a £5,000 payment if the outcome of a new government consultation goes in their favour.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2008

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Pleural plaques – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 10th, 2008 in compensation, consultations, industrial injuries by sally

“A consultation on the government response to the House of Lords decision in Johnston v NEI International Combustion Ltd, that the existence of pleural plaques does not constitute actionable or compensable damage.”

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Ministry of Justice, 9th July 2008

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Law firms rake in £700m in fees for coal miners’ claims – Legal Week

Posted June 12th, 2008 in compensation, fees, industrial injuries, law firms, miners, news by sally

“Legal fees for firms advising on the ongoing compensation claims for sick coal miners have hit more than £700m.”

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Legal Week, 12th June 2008

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Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008

Posted June 9th, 2008 in child support, compensation, industrial injuries, legislation by sally

Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Solicitor Jim Beresford makes £30m from sick miners’ compensation scheme – The Times

Posted June 9th, 2008 in compensation, industrial injuries, miners, news, solicitors by sally

“A solicitor who specialises in claiming compensation for sick coalminers has banked a personal profit of more than £30 million from the government-funded scheme.”

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The Times, 9th June 2008

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High Court begins hearing asbestos test case – The Times

Posted June 4th, 2008 in asbestos, compensation, industrial injuries, news by sally

“Families of workers who have died from the fatal asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma, launched a crucial High Court battle yesterday with insurers who say they are not liable to pay compensation.”

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The Times, 4th June 2008

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Asbestos compensation case begins – BBC News

Posted June 3rd, 2008 in asbestos, compensation, industrial injuries, news by sally

“A legal battle over compensation for asbestos victims is due to begin.”

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BBC News, 3rd June 2008

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Payout threat to asbestos cancer victims – The Observer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in asbestos, compensation, industrial injuries, news by sally

“Patients with an asbestos-related form of cancer who had been hoping for compensation now fear they will run out of time under new government rules on payouts.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk