U.K.: “Lawyers made millions from sick miners”

by Walter Olson on December 12, 2008

“The men who became two of the highest-paid solicitors in Britain by mishandling the claims of almost 100,000 sick miners will be struck off [= disbarred] after being found guilty of misconduct yesterday. James Beresford and Douglas Smith, partners in the South Yorkshire firm Beresfords, took advantage of vulnerable miners by putting their own commercial goals before those of their clients, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found. The company earned more than £115m under a government scheme for compensating miners with health claims, and Beresford himself made more than £16m in one year.” Among allegations the tribunal accepted as valid were acting in a conflict of interest and structuring fee arrangements in a way not in the clients’ best interest. (Afua Hirsch, Guardian, Dec. 12; Point of Law, Nov. 28).

{ 2 comments }

1 William Nuesslein 12.12.08 at 8:46 pm

I wonder how many claims were actually valid? Courts do not enforce equitable distributions from bank robberies.

2 bfs 12.13.08 at 11:18 am

But think of all the millions he gave away on the Telly in the 1950s.

Sorry, that was James Beresford Tipton.

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