As solicitors in Bolton we recently acted for Mr B, a local Taxi driver who had an accident whilst taking his son shopping. The case was dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis. The third-party driver denied he was responsible for the accident, denied he had caused any damage, denied he was using his Mobile phone whist driving and denied he had caused Mr B any injuries.
After a 3 day Trial was heard at Manchester County Court before Recorder Benson QC, he found 100% in our clients favour. Mr B was awarded over £15,000 in compensation.
We also acted for a passenger who was traveling in what turned out to be an uninsured drivers vehicle, who was unfortunate enough to be involved in a serious accident, leaving him with very serious injuries to his leg. Mr K was training to be a mechanic and the injuries affected his ability to pursue his chosen career path. The case was successfully settled for a sum in excess of £130,000.
In another case Mr O was electrocuted whilst at work. He suffered injuries to the nerves in his arm, resulting in him having to retrain to a desk job. He received over £17,000 in compensation.
As a Bolton Solicitors firm, We are proud to sponsor local clubs and teams. Here are photo’s of the Pochin Cup 2011 winners at Dalton Cricket club. Pictured here are Hasan Qamruddin, Matt Charman and Asif …. All of whom are members of the MRH team, both at the office and at the club…
We also support the Highfield under 7’s, who are managed by our own Emma Harrop, here are the little superstars in their 2011 team photo:
When it comes to our local area we’re proud to be a solicitor in Bolton and provide the community with expert legal services. Another thing we’re very proud of is our relationship with the Wanderers and the Reebok stadium, which is why we recently signed up for another year of sponsorship at the ground.
The number of businesses entering the claims management market has risen by 60% in the past year, new figures show, while the industry’s regulator said solicitors were responsible for malpractice in personal injury claims-handling.
The Claims Management Regulator’s 2009 impact assessment revealed that 2,885 businesses were authorised as claims managers this year, up from 1,778 in July 2008. In the past year, 293 businesses voluntarily suspended their authorisation, 93 had their authorisation terminated by the regulator and seven are currently suspended. Claims management revenues grew to £361m, up from £280m in 2008.
Overall, personal injury claims were by far the largest sector for claims-handlers, with 2,232 firms operating in this field, and a combined annual turnover of £287m. However, the report also noted a ‘major new market’ in claims relating to consumer credit contracts, whereby claims firms argue on behalf of consumers that credit agreements are deficient and not enforceable. Kevin Rousell, head of Claims Management Regulation, said: ‘Solicitors are not unlike the claims management companies themselves. The majority of firms are trying to comply [with the referral code], others are not very good at what they do and can’t comply, while a few are attempting to get around the rules.’
He added: ‘Solicitors should be intelligent [purchasers] of claims, not victims. There is no excuse for hidden referral arrangements – transparency is all – because the solicitor’s role is to give best advice. Solicitors cannot be constrained by hidden contract terms.’ SRA chief executive Antony Townsend said solicitors must be confident that clients are not being misled and may face disciplinary action if they do not follow SRA guidance on referrals.
MRH Solicitors handled the case of B v Y and Z which was won at Court for £29,232.89. The claim was brought by B seeking damages for personal injuries and losses sustained in a Road Traffic Accident. Our client was awarded the sum of £29,323.89 by the Court.
Have a read of this article from Claims Management Magazine…
A new agreement to collect and share data on criminal syndicates and solicitors involved in personal injury compensation scams has been made between the Ministry of Justice and the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).
The agreement will allow both bodies to swap details on the suspected fraudsters before requesting police raids.
The news comes as a high-level group of regulators attempts to cut bureaucracy and share fraud data more freely. Chaired by the IFB (the industry-funded fraud investigator), the high-level strategy group comprises the MoJ, Financial Services Authority, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Association of British insurers, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the National Fraud Strategic Authority and several police forces.
Kevin Roussell, head of claims management regulation at the MoJ, said: “The aim is to make it a more hostile environment for fraudsters. If you get some success, it creates a ripple effect. “We both hold intelligence on lots of businesses – claims management companies – and we get intelligence on people linked to these too, like lawyers, engineers and doctors.” He added that intelligence on suspected fraudsters would be shared with other enforcement agencies where appropriate information sharing agreements are in place, as with the IFB. “If the police are interested, raids could follow, and maybe charges and eventual prosecution. You need hard evidence to make progress.”
Some of you may know that we’re based in the North West, in fact we’re a team of experienced solicitors in bolton and although we’re a national company, if there’s one thing we believe in it’s supporting your local area. This lends itself nicely to the fact that the majority of the office support Bolton Wanderers, so it was only a matter of time until we popped down to the Reebok Stadium for a visit.
While there we managed to take a few pictures of some advertising hoardings (there is a reason, we promise) and also some snaps of the teams, both ours and Boltons! Take a look:
So there it is, our day out at the Reebok Stadium. It was great to see our adverts up and to see the mighty Trotters in action, plus they grabbed a last minute draw thanks to Matty Taylor’s penalty, the icing on the cake!
Settlement of Mr’s S Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claim with the amount of £7,500.00 agreed in June 2009. Our client worked for in a noisy environment for 20 years as a machine operator. We successfully settled his claim which resulted in £7,500.00 compensation for the client.
MRH Solicitors is the trading style of MRH Solicitors Ltd. A list of the Directors of the Company is available for inspection at the registered office. MRH Solicitors Ltd, Registered in England & Wales Number 06983058. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority - SRA Number 517896.