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 vibration white finger 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 vibration white finger scheme are:

Solicitor Claims Registered Solicitors Costs
Thompsons 21,051 £11,316,765
Browell Smith & Co 16,467 £9,552,952
Beresfords Solicitors 11,640 £3,961,899
Union of Democratic Mineworkers 11,545 £6,002,006
Raleys Solicitors 11,282 £7,599,191
Hugh James Ford Simey 10,636 £6,519,608
Graysons 8,700 £4,529,970
Moss Solicitors 7,293 £3,249,950
Watson Burton 5,937 £3,490,951
AMS Law 5,384 £2,084,525
Towells Solicitors 5,338 £3,020,007
Kidd & Spoor Harper Solicitors 3,671 £2,151,344
Atteys 3,096 £2,147,411
O H Parsons 2,704 £1,655,407
Corries 2,384 £1,160,159

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