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Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what payments his Department has made to Irwin Mitchell solicitors for services provided to coal health claimants in the last 10 years. (211677)

The payments made to Irwin Mitchell solicitors for representing claimants under the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and vibration white finger claims under the Coal Health Compensation schemes is shown in the following table as at 15 June 2008.

£ million

Costs paid to Irwin Mitchell

COPD

11.8

VWF

3.5

Total

15.3

Irwin Mitchell solicitors were also paid £7.9 million for their role on the co-ordinating group of claimants' solicitors including trial costs.