Thompsons escapes SDT rap in miner claims scandal

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  • A well-known firm pays over £10m to unions for referrals on an issue of national importance, then has to pay millions back to thousands of referred clients because it has ripped them off, its chief executive is disciplined by a professional body and the regulator says it's "not in the public interest" to put them before the SDT?

    We're not talking about minor breaches here, but the failure to provide costs information, an ignorance of conflicts of interest and the imposition of unenforceable contingency fees. And the miners' litigation was gigantic, it affected hundreds of thousands and there were criminal charges brought against some solicitors involved.

    In the name of all that is holy, how can it NOT be in the public interest to bring this before the SDT?

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  • it is ridiculous that the SRA completed its investigation more than a year ago (april 09) but only made it public last week. This is an investigation which has gone on for years and affected more than 20,000 consumers. Why is it all behind closed doors? So much for transparency in modern regulation.

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  • A chief executive called Mr Cavalier - how remarkably appropriate!

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  • Many firms very publically attended the SDT. The findings against Thompsons were the same.These firms were fined, suspended or struck off. Thompsons received one reprimand. Why?

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  • Apparently referral arrangements do not harm consumers

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  • thompsons solicitors won more compensation for miners and their families than any other firm its no wonder the establishment hates them we applaud there commitment to the working class

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  • Thompsons apparently made £123 million. They simply had more cases. Are they not the establishment?

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  • @ AJ Cummings. Applaud Thompsons' commitment to the working class? Really? Why should their comittment to inappropriately deducting £10.9M from the compensation due to the working class be applauded?

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