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Miners' Claims

Background data.

Uploaded 02 July 2005

Updated 08 May 2007

 

Navigate to the News section for the latest news about solicitors.

New page added: Miners' Claims News - a consolidation of selected news reporting to date.

Lords' Hansard text - 15 Jan 2007 offers updated information to that featuring below

 

Information Sources

Source Description
Companies House Company data. Limited information such as the example Vendside data, below, is available free. Directors' and accounts information is chargeable.
Coal Health Claims House of Commons Hansard extract, as shown in the table below under the heading: Coal Health Claims.
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Name & Registered Office:
VENDSIDE LIMITED
MINERS OFFICES
BERRY HILL LANE
MANSFIELD
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE NG18 4JU
Company No. 03367773

Status: Active
Date of Incorporation: 09/05/1997
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Company Type: Private Limited Company
Nature of Business (SIC(92)):
7487 - Other business activities
Accounting Reference Date: 31/12
Last Accounts Made Up To: 31/12/2003  (MEDIUM)
Next Accounts Due: 31/10/2005
Last Return Made Up To: 09/05/2005
Next Return Due: 06/06/2006
Last Members List: 09/05/2005
Previous Names:
No previous name information has been recorded over the last 20 years.
Branch Details
There are no branches associated with this company.
Oversea Company Info
There are no Oversea Details associated with this company.

 

Coal Health Claims

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which Minister signed the coal health agreements in 1999 with (a) Vendside and (b) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers. [2405]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 8 June 2005]: The then Minister for Energy and Industry, the right hon. Member for Leeds, West approved the signing, by coal health claims officials, of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Vibration White Finger handling agreements.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many meetings have taken place between his Department and Clare Walker of Vendside since 1998. [2518]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 8 June 2005]: Officials from the Department's Coal Liabilities Unit meet with the UDM to discuss operational issues on approximately a monthly basis. Other ad hoc meetings have taken place when necessary.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what investigations have been instigated by his Department into (a) Walker and Co (Claims Management) Ltd. and (b) Indiclaim Ltd. concerning charging for coalminers compensation. [2520]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 8 June 2005]: The Department has not instigated any investigations into either Walker and Co (Claims Management) Ltd. or Indiclaim Ltd.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 20 solicitors received the highest number of deceased miners' claims in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004. [2665]

Malcolm Wicks: The solicitors who received the most claims in relation to deceased miners are as set out in the following tables:


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease2001
 


Number


Solicitors(19)

Claims registered 2

1

Mark Gilbert Morse

4,269

2

Thompsons

1,314

3

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

895

4

Hugh James Ford Simey

822

5

Raleys Solicitors

564

6

Browell Smith and Co

489

7

Moss Solicitors

170

8

Graysons

169

9

Beresfords Solicitors

166

10

Watson Burton

155

11

Meloy Whittle Robinson

123

12

The Legal Warehouse

111

13

J M Skinner Solicitors

108

14

Ingrams Solicitors

87

15

Corries

84

16

Lopian Wagner Solicitors

74

17

Towells Solicitors

74

18

AMS Law

74

19

Colemans Solicitors

70

20

Mortons Solicitors

70


 
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2002
 


Number


Solicitors(19)

Claims registered 2

1

Thompsons

1,626

2

Mark Gilbert Morse

781

3

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

557

4

Beresfords Solicitors

556

5

Browell Smith and Co

439

6

Raleys Solicitors

437

7

The Legal Warehouse

234

8

Corries

194

9

Ingrams Solicitors

172

10

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

152

11

Moss Solicitors

134

12

Graysons

126

13

Hugh James Ford Simey

120

14

Mortons Solicitors

117

15

Avalon

84

16

Gorvin Smith Fort

72

17

Atteys

71

18

Morisons Solicitors

62

19

Emsleys Solicitors

60

20

Pannone and Partners

55


2003
 


Number


Solicitors(19)

Claims registered 2

1

Hugh James Ford Simey

13,999

2

Beresfords Solicitors

10,160

3

Barber and Co

7,084

4

Mark Gilbert Morse

5,233

5

Avalon

2,676

6

Thompsons

2,248

7

Watson Burton

2,109

8

Onyems and Partners

1,547

9

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

1,519

10

Raleys Solicitors

1,306

11

Corries

1,114

12

Birchall Blackburn

1,077

13

Ingrams Solicitors

1,000

14

Browell Smith and Co

844

15

Proddow and Mackay Solicitors

827

16

The Legal Warehouse

820

17

Gorman Hamilton Solicitors

696

18

Wake Smith

646

19

BRM Solicitors

594

20

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

474


2004
 


Number


Solicitors(19)

Claims registered 2

1

Hugh James Ford Simey

9,949

2

Avalon

8,744

3

Beresfords Solicitors

6,940

4

Raleys Solicitors

5,777

5

Thompsons

5,406

6

Delta Legal

5,056

7

Browell Smith and Co

4,682

8

Birchall Blackburn

3,401

9

Corries

2,790

10

Mark Gilbert Morse

2,659

11

Barber and Co

2,351

12

Hilary Meredith Solicitors

1,927

13

1 Legal Solicitors

1,850

14

Recompense Ltd

1,722

15

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

1,572

16

Irwin Mitchell

1,551

17

Bailey Bravo Jobling

1,532

18

Ingrams Solicitors

1,308

19

Gorman Hamilton Solicitors

1,188

20

The Legal Warehouse

1,080




(19) Top twenty solicitors are in descending order and based on the number of claims received in the year. Claim receipts are those claims that are fully registered, i.e. exclude pool of claims accepted with minimum data, awaiting further information to permit cross-referencing and duplicate checks prior to full registration.
(20) Claims registered reflects the total number of deceased claims registered, i.e. does not include claims that were registered live but have died since.
 
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Vibration white finger2001
 


Number


Solicitors(21)

Claims registered 2

1

Browell Smith and Co

12

2

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

8

3

Thompsons

4

4

The Paul Rooney Partnership

3

5

Latham and Co Solicitors

3

6

Graysons

1

7

McConville O'Neill

1

8

Colemans Solicitors

1

9

Raleys Solicitors

1

10

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

1

11

Mark Gilbert Morse

1

12

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

1

13

Frank Alien Pennington Solicitors

1

14

Furley Page

1


2002
 


Number


Solicitors(21)

Claims registered 2

1

Beresfords Solicitors

391

2

Hugh James Ford Simey

349

3

Thompsons

342

4

Towells Solicitors

239

5

Graysons

148

6

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

147

7

Moss Solicitors

97

8

Raleys Solicitors

93

9

AMS Law

76

10

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

75

11

The Legal Warehouse

56

12

Browell Smith and Co

46

13

Irwin Mitchell

42

14

O H Parsons

27

15

Motions Solicitors

22

16

Ingrams Solicitors

18

17

Pannone and Partners

15

18

Meloy Whittle Robinson

15

19

Atteys

15

20

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

12


2003
 


Number


Solicitors(21)

Claims registered 2

1

Thompsons

208

2

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

113

3

Beresfords Solicitors

105

4

Hugh James Ford Simey

78

5

Watson Burton

77

6

Raleys Solicitors

67

7

Atteys

53

8

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

53

9

Graysons

42

10

T S Edwards and Son Solicitors

40

11

AMS Law

33

12

The Legal Warehouse

31

13

Hopkins

30

14

Browell Smith and Co

26

15

Corries

16

16

Towells Solicitors

15

17

Pannone and Partners

13

18

Furley Page

13

19

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

11

20

Mortons Solicitors

11


 
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2004
 


Number


Solicitors(21)

Claims registered 2

1

AMS Law

5

2

Beresfords Solicitors

1

3

Corries

1

4

Mortons Solicitors

1



(21) Top twenty solicitors are in descending order and based on the number of claims received in the year.
(22) Claims registered reflects the total number of deceased claims registered, i.e. does not include claims that were registered live but have died since.
 

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many deceased miners' claims were submitted by Vendside in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004. [2667]

Malcolm Wicks: The number of claims submitted by Vendside is as follows:


 

Total deceased claims registered

COPD

VWF

Total

2003

59

113

172

2004

46

0

46

Total

105

113

218


Notes:
1. Claims registered reflects the total of deceased claims registered, i.e. does not include claims that were registered live but have died since.
2. Claim receipts are those claims that are fully registered, i.e. exclude pool of claims accepted with minimum data, awaiting further information to permit cross-referencing and duplicate checks prior to full registration.

 

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many deceased miners' claims were submitted by (a) Beresfords, (b) Wake Smith, (c) AMS Law and (d) Moss solicitors in 2004. [2668]

Malcolm Wicks: Deceased miners claims submitted in 2004 were as follows:


 

Solicitor

COPD 1

VWF 1

AMS Law

816

5

Beresfords Solicitors

6,940

1

Moss Solicitors

125

0

Wake Smith

87

0

Total

7,968

6



(23) Claims registered reflects the total of deceased claims registered, i.e. does not include claims that were registered live but have died since.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what requests he has made to Wake Smith solicitors to repay monies to his Department following payments by Wake Smith solicitors to Indiclaim Ltd in connection with the miners' industrial disease compensation scheme. [2669]

Malcolm Wicks: No such requests have been made.
 
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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many solicitors' firms have claimed back money from his Department while paying fees to (a) Walker and Co. Claims Management Ltd. and (b) Indiclaim Ltd. in connection with the miners' industrial disease compensation scheme. [2670]

Malcolm Wicks: The Department's claims handlers are not informed which solicitors' firms make payments to Walker and Co. Claims Management Ltd. and Indiclaim Ltd.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many deceased miners' claims were submitted from (a) Bassetlaw constituency, (b) Mansfield constituency, (c) Nottinghamshire, (d) East Midlands and (e) Yorkshire in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004. [2671]

Malcolm Wicks: The numbers requested are as follows:


 

 

2003
 

2004

Solicitor

COPD

VWF

COPD

VWF

Bassetlaw constituency

629

28

635

1

Mansfield constituency

586

35

645

0

Nottinghamshire,

 

Derbyshire and Leicestershire
306

154

493

0

Yorkshire

17,011

340

21,625

6

Total

18,532

557

23,398

7


Notes:
1. Claims registered reflect the total of deceased claims registered, i.e. does not include claims that were registered live but have died since.
2. Statistics for Bassetlaw and Mansfield are based on claimant postcode for the relative constituency. Statistics for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire and Yorkshire are based on deceased claims registered in that area by solicitor postcode.

 

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for dispersement payments have been refused to Richmonds solicitors. [2672]

Malcolm Wicks: The Department's claims handlers do not record this information.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department gave authority for the claims handling agreement with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers to be run by Vendside Ltd. [2707]

Malcolm Wicks: The Department has always understood that Vendside are the Union for Democratic Mineworkers' claims handling agents and are therefore entitled to handle claims on its behalf.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions took place with the Treasury on the VAT implications of his Department's agreement with Vendside Ltd. [2729]

Malcolm Wicks: No such discussions have taken place.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has referred the matters connected with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and Vendside Ltd. which it is investigating to the National Audit Office. [2730]
 
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Malcolm Wicks: The Department has made no such referral.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what audit his Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned into (i) whether there has been abuse of deceased coalminers' claims for industrial disease and (ii) what potential exists for such abuse. [2731]

Malcolm Wicks: Procedures are in place to detect and prosecute fraudulent claims. In schemes of this nature, there is always the possibility that an individual will seek to obtain a payment to which he is not entitled.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 20 solicitors have received the highest average payments per claim for work done in connection with deceased miners' claims. [2732]

Malcolm Wicks: The solicitors with the highest average fees for deceased miners' claims are as follows:

 




Number




Solicitor



Deceased settlements(24)

Total solicitors costs paid ()

Average solicitors costs paid ()

1

Frank Alien Pennington
Solicitors

1

1,720

1,720

2

Branton Bridge

1

1,397

1,397

3

Ben Hoare Bell and Co
Solicitors

1

859

859

4

Banner Jones Middleton

1

737

737

5

Thompson and Co Solicitors

4

1,606

402

6

Raleys Solicitors

57

19,522

342

7

Mortons Solicitors

8

2,302

288

8

Simpson Millar Solicitors

3

766

255

9

Graysons

33

7,921

240

10

Latham and Co Solicitors

5

1,175

235

11

Pannone and Partners

18

4,100

228

12

Thompsons

148

20,990

42

13

Watson Burton

22

3,071

140

14

O H Parsons

24

2,629

110

15

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

10

999

100

16

Browell Smith and Co

93

6,872

74

17

Hopkins

19

1,105

58

18

AMS Law

60

3,165

53

19

Atteys

37

1,941

52

20

Ingrams Solicitors

15

588

39


(24) Deceased settlements reflect total settlements on claims registered as deceased, i.e. does not include claims that were registered live but have died since. Total settlements are reported, encompassing claims settled by payment and denial/withdrawal.


Note:
No costs are payable to solicitors where the claim is settled by denial or withdrawal.

 

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees of AON Irisc had previously worked for the National Coal Board on the date of the signing of the DTI/Irisc contract for coal health claims. [2733]

Malcolm Wicks: At this time, Irisc employed approximately 120 staff of which about 78 had worked for the British Coal Corporation.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons his Department signed coal health agreements with both Vendside and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers. [2735]

Malcolm Wicks: Following the judgments against British Coal in both the Vibration White Finger and respiratory disease litigations, the High Court ordered
 
13 Jun 2005 : Column 76W
 
the DTI to set up schemes, in agreement with miners' solicitors, to assess compensation for both types of claim. Claims had by then been registered through the Claimants Solicitors Group (the CSG), some of which were sponsored by the main mining unions, the NUM and NACODS. The UDM had also registered a large number of claims directly on behalf of their members, through their dedicated claims handling company, Vendside Limited. The CSG and the UDM were unable to work together or enter into single arrangements for historical reasons. The legal advice received by the Department was that it was appropriate to enter into separate claims handling arrangements with the CSG and the UDM, provided that the compensation delivered to the claimant under both schemes was the same.

 

Vendside Limited were, at the time of entering into the claims handling arrangements, the vehicle through which the UDM presented claims on behalf of their members. Vendside Limited entered into the Vibration White Finger claims, handling arrangement for and on behalf of the UDM. The legal advice received at the time was that Vendside Limited had authority to enter into arrangement for and on behalf of the UDM.

 

Source: The Stationery Office