Miners' Compensation

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 22nd April 2004.

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Photo of Graham Allen Graham Allen Labour, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list law companies who have not responded to the request to repay amounts overcharged to miners and their widows in respect of processing miners' compensation claims; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Nigel Griffiths Nigel Griffiths Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

holding answer 21 April 2004

Following is a list of solicitors who have either stated they do not intend to repay claimants, or did not respond to my letter about refunding overpayments or who have requested that they be removed from the DTI list of approved solicitors.

As you will be aware, my letters of December 2003 and February 2004 to all firms of solicitors handling these claims asked that those who had unfairly taken a proportion of miners' compensation to repay the money. I wrote to the Law Society asking them to take action to ensure that their members voluntarily refund any fees taken, rather than wait for miners to contact them. I also passed the names of all firms who did not reply, to the Law Society asking them to take urgent action to ensure that the firms comply with my request.

After looking into the issue, the Law Society has concluded that such double charging is unlikely to be justified, and is 'likely to give rise to a finding of inadequate professional service'.

List of all solicitors written to in December and/or February who have been removed from the website because they either failed to respond or asked to be removed

Alan Curtis Solicitors

Allan McDougall & Co. Solicitors

Andrew P. Walker & Co. Solicitors

Ashington Denton with Bingley Dyson & Furey

Barber Cartain Solicitors

Birchall Blackburn

Bleasdale & Co.

Brearleys Solicitors

Brown & Lloyd Solicitors

Bury & Walkers Solicitors

Carter Hodge Solicitors

Castle Sanderson Solicitors

Clarke & Ross W.S

Clive Ashman Solicitors

Coleman Solicitors

Coley & Tilley

Cunningham Turner

D. W. Shaw Solicitors

DA Milligan & Co. Solicitors

Dave Johnson

David Handy Solicitors


Easthams Solicitors

Edgar Cule & Evans Solicitors

Edwards Abrams Doherty Solicitors

Elsbury-Priddin Solicitors


Emsleys Solicitors

Endlars Solicitors

Evans & Greaves

Everatt & Co.

Freed Kemp Rapport

Freeman Johnson

G. M. Wilson Solicitors

Gabb & Co.

Gabb & Co.

Gartside Harding & Davies

Grainger Appleyard & Fleming

Granville-West Chivers & Morgan

Granville-West Chivers & Morgan

Grunhut Makepeace & Duffy

Hamilton Joseph & Co. Solicitors

Hardesty Elleanor Solicitors

Harris & Cartwright Solicitors

Harrison Bundey & Co.

Harvey Ingram Solicitors

Hattersleys Solicitors

Heyman & Co.

Hickmotts Solicitors

Holmes & Moffitt Solicitors

Howard & Co. Solicitors


Ingrams Solicitors

Ingrams Solicitors

J. H. Powell & Co. Solicitors

J. N. Bell B.A. Solicitor

J. P. Hall Solicitors

J. Peter Davies & Partners

Jack Thornley & Partners Solicitors

James Pearce & Co.


John D. Williams Solicitors

John E. Millar & Co.

John Hogg & Co.

John Howell & Co. Solicitors

John O'Neill Solicitors


Kate Patterson & Co. Solicitors

Lester Morrill Solicitors

Lofthouse & Co. Solicitors

Lopian Wagner Solicitors

Lucas & Co.

Maclaren Britain

Maidments Solicitors

Maidments Solicitors

Matthew O. Byrne Law Office

Miller Samuel & Company Solicitors

Moseley Chapman & Kemp

Murray, Hamilton & Chalmers

Nimmo Thomson & McLean Solicitors

Park Hutchison Solicitors & Notaries

Payne Marsh & Stillwell

Plancey & Co.

Pollard Coutts & Co.

Ralph & Co. Solicitors

Richards & Lewis Solicitors

Roger James, Clements & Partners

Scanlan Westgarth Solicitors


Sentley Wilson Bowen Solicitors

Silverbeck Rymer Solicitors

Silverman Livermore Solicitors


Stephensons Solicitors

Stripes Solicitors

Thomas & Co. Solicitors

Thomas Eggar Church Adams.

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