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Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to which 100 firms of solicitors his Department and its predecessors has paid the most in costs in respect of the coal health compensation scheme. (252851)

[holding answer 29 January 2009]: The following table shows the top 100 claimants' representatives who have earned the most under the Coal Health Compensation Schemes.

Claimants' representatives

Total costs (£)

Beresfords Solicitors

130,055,137

Thompsons Solicitors

119,912,048

Hugh James

100,259,520

Raleys Solicitors

77,949,197

Mark Gilbert Morse

57,593,099

Browell Smith and Co

54,998,663

Avalon Solicitors

40,244,425

Watson Burton LLP

26,336,328

Graysons Solicitors

25,106,393

Barber and Co

23,538,872

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

23,121,615

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

18,199,775

TLW Solicitors

15,911,685

Ingrams Solicitors

13,875,567

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

13,228,092

Delta Legal

13,026,272

Towells Solicitors

12,642,096

Moss Solicitors

12,541,779

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

11,872,714

Corries Solicitors

10,771,536

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

10,013,285

BRM Solicitors

9,543,665

Birchall Blackburn

9,266,868

Gorman Hamilton Solicitors

9,135,712

Wake Smith and Tofields Solicitors

8,571,250

Corries York

8,085,834

Atteys

7,751,534

O H Parsons and Partners Solicitors

6,639,240

Hilary Meredith Solicitors

5,652,110

Shaw and Co Solicitors

5,182,627

Furley Page

4,377,089

Ryan Carlisle Thomas Lawyers

4,263,565

Simpson Millar Solicitors

4,219,485

Mortons Solicitors

3,668,028

Thompson and Co Solicitors

3,618,008

Marrons Solicitors

3,580,330

T S Edwards and Son Solicitors

3,462,860

Onyems and Partners

3,414,000

Morisons Solicitors

3,358,130

1 Legal Solicitors

3,335,346

Meloy Whittle Robinson

3,037,416

Latham and Co Solicitors

3,012,486

Proddow and Mackay Solicitors

3,007,600

Hopkins

2,955,018

Bailey Bravo Jobling

2,792,226

Kingslegal

2,777,928

Hickmotts Solicitors

2,481,773

Cordner Lewis Solicitors

2,371,372

Recompense Limited

2,291,948

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

2,158,034

McConville O'Neill Solicitors

2,143,472

Saffmans Solicitors

2,112,594

BHPLAW

2,077,369

Oxley and Coward Solicitors

2,072,521

Hindle Campbell Solicitors

2,055,823

Gorvin Smith Fort Solicitors

1,889,313

Morgan Cole

1,836,341

Pannone and Partners Solicitors

1,831,419

J M Skinner Solicitors

1,705,843

Wheelers Solicitors

1,470,108

Gabb and Co

1,379,845

Emsleys Solicitors

1,300,966

MLM Solicitors

1,206,965

McLeish Carswell

1,194,862

Canter Levin and Berg Solicitors

1,149,222

J Keith Park and Co Solicitors

1,135,502

DMH Stallard

1,120,278

Farleys Solicitors

1,113,987

SIS Law

917,862

Colemans Solicitors

903,171

Campbell Smith W.S.

890,268

Lopian Wagner Solicitors

855,162

Keeble Hawson

842,308

Ben Hoare Bell and Co Solicitors

788,029

Elliot Mather Solicitors

784,560

Stripes Solicitors

632,696

Pinto Potts Solicitors

605,268

Mincoffs Solicitors

543,040

Foys Solicitors

537,242

Mills Donkin and Co

533,391

Morrish and Co Solicitors

530,065

Russell Jones and Walker Solicitors

529,492

Oakley and Davies

506,434

MK Legal LLP Solicitors

499,297

Branton Bridge

477,943

Holmes and Hills Solicitors

466,209

Houseman and Hails Solicitors

450,849

Endlars Solicitors

438,747

Lloyd Green Solicitors

389,320

Stuart Bell and Associates

387,839

BBH Solicitors

385,834

St Davids Solicitors

377,498

Hayward Baker

344,701

Ibbotson Brady Solicitors

324,578

Peace Revitt Solicitors

319,899

Robinson King Solicitors—ceased trading

303,378

Richard J. Knaggs and Co

265,050

DMH

254,855

Treanors Solicitors

246,740

Chappell Pascoe Solicitors

235,880

The figures take into account monies recovered under the LOROS costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which 20 firms of solicitors are handling the most unresolved claims under the coal health compensation scheme; and how many unresolved cases each such firm is handling. (252852)

[holding answer 29 January 2009]: The following tables shows the 20 claimants’ representatives handling the most unresolved claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and vibration white finger (VWF) under the coal health compensation schemes.

The table also indicates the number of claims that may potentially be ‘struck out’ under the COPD scheme. These are claims which are denied or withdrawn, or have failed a hard cut-off.

COPD

Claimant’s representatives

Total outstanding claims

Potential for strike out

Beresfords Solicitors

2,769

1,026

Raleys Solicitors

2,562

846

Hugh James

2,135

1,189

Thompsons Solicitors

1,961

880

Browell Smith and Co.

1,251

565

Mark Gilbert Morse

654

227

Barber and Co.

593

273

Ryan Carlisle Thomas Lawyers

567

42

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

553

394

Avalon Solicitors

530

283

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

470

334

Moss Solicitors

446

276

1 Legal Solicitors

442

389

Graysons Solicitors

414

193

TLW Solicitors

350

284

Watson Burton LLP

320

119

BRM Solicitors

288

222

Corries Solicitors

270

114

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

252

142

McConville O’Neill Solicitors

183

47

VWF

Claimant’s representatives

Total outstanding claims

Thompsons Solicitors

209

Raleys Solicitors

91

Browell Smith and Co.

37

O H Parsons and Partners Solicitors

31

Corries Solicitors

26

Graysons Solicitors

21

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

20

Watson Burton LLP

20

Hugh James

18

Towells Solicitors

15

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

13

Morisons Solicitors

11

Thompson and Co. Solicitors

11

Moss Solicitors

10

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

9

Beresfords Solicitors

8

Kingslegal

6

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

5

Shaw and Co. Solicitors

5

T S Edwards and Son Solicitors

4

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the amount to be paid by his Department to solicitors in costs under the coal health compensation scheme in the next 12 months. (252853)

[holding answer 29 January 2009]: The Department estimates that the sum to be paid to claimants’ solicitors under the coal health compensation scheme for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is £1,047.2 million, of which £28 million is due to be paid in 2009.

The estimate for the vibration white finger scheme is £192.43 million, of which £6 million is due to be paid in 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many unresolved surface worker coal health claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease there are relating to men who are (a) still alive and (b) dead. (252140)

[holding answer 28 January 2009]: As at 26 January 2009, 5,842 of the 591,767 claims registered under the British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation (BCRDL), have been identified by claimant representatives as being from those who worked on the surface in coal preparation plants. 2,334 of these claims are from living miners; the remaining 3,508 are from families of deceased miners. Resolution of the issue of liability for these cases is subject to the outcome of the trial of a sample of four cases, due to be heard in November 2009. From these cases, we aim to identify generic issues that allow the issue of British Coal’s liability to compensate to be resolved one way or the other.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department and its predecessors have paid Nabarro Nathanson in fees for cases relating to industrial disease claims in the mining industry since 1995. (252143)

[holding answer 28 January 2009]: From April 1999 to October 2008, BERR and its predecessors spent £28.7 million plus VAT in relation to Nabarro’s fees across all mining-related industrial disease claims. But note this excludes all counsel costs, expert fees, cost draftsman’s fees and foreign lawyer’s fees.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on behalf of how many individual miners Beresfords Solicitors have submitted claims under the coal health compensation scheme. (252883)

Government records show the total number of miners represented by Beresfords Solicitors under the coal health compensation schemes is 85,382 claims.