British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which 15 solicitors have handled most claims with regard to the British Coal respiratory disease litigation; and what is the total amount of costs paid to each firm since the claims handling agreement came into operation.

Photo of Lord Sainsbury of Turville Lord Sainsbury of Turville Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Science and Innovation)

The 15 solicitors who have handled most claims under the respiratory disease scheme are:

Solicitor Claims Registered Solicitors Costs
Beresfords Solicitors 80,862 £66,722,037
Thompsons 57,701 £83,767,941
Hugh James Ford Simey 56,116 £63,958,445
Raleys Solicitors 44,790 £49,681,184
Browell Smith & Co 32,321 £35,638,359
Avalon 29,035 £13,626,052
Mark Gilbert Morse 25,547 £41,673,286
Union of Democratic Mineworkers 16,630 £21,413,631
Barber & Co 14,128 £11,567,096
Watson Burton 14,069 £22,017,404
Graysons 12,937 £20,408,977
Corries 12,577 £11,282,822
AMS Law 10,129 £9,382,233
Randell Lloyd Jenkins & Martin 9,841 £13,428,831
Delta Legal 9,301 £4,055,943

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