DPP Law Secures £170k Compensation for Accident at Work Case

David Phillips and Partners have successfully concluded a 55 year old Cheshire man’s  claim for compensation arising from an accident at work which occurred  on 8 November 2007.

He was employed as a Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver and Deliverer and was moving a freezer with a colleague when the freezer fell onto him causing injury to his left wrist and hand.

A suspected scaphoid fracture was actually diagnosed as bruising and a soft tissue injury, but was treated very much as a fracture would be with a brace and then a plaster of Paris cast applied and then re-applied before he was given a Futura splint.

By February 2008 it was thought he had developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and this was confirmed in medical reports which were obtained as his case progressed. He continued to suffer pain and continued to be treated by the hospital.

The Claimant also suffered psychological trauma as a result of the accident.

Whilst liability for this accident was accepted by his employer’s insurers, they went to great lengths to challenge our client as to his injuries and his losses.

It was the Claimant’s case that he would be significantly prejudiced in the labour market as a result of  his injuries, having had to leave his job in August 2008.

The Defendant arranged video surveillance of our client on several occasions in 2009 and then again in 2011. The Defendant did not accept that our client was genuine in his suffering.

An offer of £75,000.00 was made to settle the claim but this was rejected as being too low.

David Phillips & Partners guided the Claimant through difficult and lengthy County Court Proceedings as we sought to prove that the Defendant was wrong to question the genuine nature of our client’s suffering and losses.

Negotiations resulted in the Defendant agreeing to pay £177,500.00 in settlement of the Claimant’s claim, significantly more than double the Defendant’s previous offer.

Our Senior Solicitor, Bernard Morron, who conducted the case says, “ Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is not an easy medical condition to assess. The word complex in the title speaks for itself.

“Just because it is complex does not mean a Claimant is not genuine. I never doubted that my client was genuinely suffering and I knew that if we fought for him, we would achieve a good result.

“Insurers often do this, they engage in surveillance tactics and make inadequate offers. However, with hard work and determination the desired result can be achieved. That is what we strive for every day here at David Phillips & Partners.”

And speaking for our client, his wife says “We would just like to say thank you for all your hard work, patience and understanding, without this we could not have gone on for as long as we did.”

Holiday Illness Compensation Claim Success

David Phillips & Partners have now settled a claim for an elderly couple who had the misfortune to be on the Boudicca Cruise Ship in April 2010 during an outbreak of the dreaded norovirus.

The Merseyside couple had been looking forward to a 3 week holiday cruising in the Eastern Mediterranean when they both fell ill with the norovirus. This is a debilitating illness which causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

Their whole holiday was ruined and the lady also had to have a short spell in hospital on her return due to a pre-existing health issue which was exacerbated by the illness she contracted on board the ship.

A claim for compensation was presented to Fred Olsen shipping lines on their behalf but somewhat disappointingly, the claim was denied.

The Defendant argued that it had taken all measures it could reasonably take to prevent the incidence of norovirus on board and that in these circumstances it could not be held liable.

Our clients then found themselves caught up in complicated group litigation because there were well in excess of 100 other passengers who had been afflicted in a similar manner. The case had to be transferred to the High Court in London where timetables were set to bring the case to trial.

However, after negotiation, a settlement of £9000.00 has been agreed for our clients.

Our Senior Solicitor, Bernard Morron, who conducted the case on behalf our clients said this:

“ This case was made far more complicated by the Defendant than it needed to be. Never mind the Defendant’s argument that it did all that could have been reasonably expected to prevent the illness.

“The Defendant knew illness was on board when my clients boarded but no warning was given to my clients of this and the Defendant put its own economic gain before the interests of its passengers.

“Finally common sense has prevailed. Liability may not have been admitted but at least my clients’ suffering has been recognised with the settlement I have negotiated for them”

Where does Operation Yewtree stand now?

With the acquittal of DJ Dave Lee Travis and Coronation Street actor William Roach, there will be inevitable questions about the validity of these cases and the other Operation Yewtree investigations waiting for verdicts.

Mr Travis has already stated that that his reputation will never recover from the scandal and his solicitors have claimed he has been used as a scapegoat after failing to bring Jimmy Savile to justice during his lifetime.

Steve Vullo, Mr Travis’s barrister said “No one wants to see sexual predators get away with their crimes, everyone wants them brought to justice. But there is no justice whatsoever in an overreaction bringing a 68-year-old man of impeccable character to this court and muddying his name to make us feel better about missing Jimmy Savile. It won’t make that wrong right.”

So far, 16 people have been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree accused of various sexual offences. Rolf Harris and Max Clifford are both awaiting trial yet the remainder are on police bail or have been told that they face no further action.

Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven, who is leading Operation Yewtree, has said: “The Metropolitan Police take all allegations of sexual abuse very seriously. We fully investigate every case and once sufficient evidence is obtained investigators work with CPS lawyers and a decision whether to charge is made.”

However it is clear that the public’s trust in the police has reduced significantly. The not guilty verdicts handed out have seriously undermined the validation of the Operation and the work its detectives carrying out. Questions are being raised about the type of evidence being inspected and how thoroughly cases up to 40 years old can be investigated.

Even Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has admitted the difficult position the police find themselves. “We are caught both ways. If we take the victims seriously but there is no further action we could be criticised for being too aggressive. Yet if we ignore the victims and send them away they would say this is a repeat of experiences as a child.

“So we have to try and do it carefully and sensitively, understanding all the complexities. It’s a bit of a Catch-22.”

If you’re facing a sexual offence accusation, then it is imperative that you contact DPP solicitors immediately.

Its importance you seek the right legal advice and the very best sexual offences lawyers to defend your honour considering the severity of the allegations and the lengthy imprisonment sentences it attracts.

Call us for free on 0800 027 7870 or use the contact us form for an immediate response.


Benefit Fraud and Error Inquiry Launched

The government has announced that it will be launching an inquiry into the benefits system following figures showing £3.5bn of overpayments in 2012-13.

The Commons Select Committee will be tasked with investigating what causes benefit error and why the benefits system is so susceptible to fraud. It will also investigate the adequacy of the government’s fraud and error strategy.

It has been estimated that £1.6bn of benefits in 2012-13 was claimed in error by the claimant. A further £1.2bn has been identified by the Department of Work and Pensions as fraud and the remaining £0.8bn down to official error.

So far the DWP and local authorities has recovered around £900m of these overpayments, leaving a net loss of £2.6bn to the department.

The Committee has stated it is keen to recognise “potential improvements” and examine examples of good behaviour and practise from the private sector.

As a result of the substantial loses the government is set to launch a Single Fraud Investigation Service later this year. Its main purpose will be to investigate benefit fraud across DWP, HMRC and local authorities working as a partnership to investigate all benefit fraud.

If you are concerned about the benefits you are claiming, or have already been accused of benefit fraud then please contact DPP solicitors as soon as possible. Our solicitors are experts in criminal defence and specialise in benefit fraud investigations.

Our team deal with all types of benefit fraud investigations on a daily basis and have over 30 years experience in the field, so you know, you have the very best lawyers working to defend your case.

Please contact us for free on 0800 027 7870 or use the contact us form for an immediate response.

Serious Fraud Office Branded “Chaotic”

In only the second time a director of the SFO has been called for evidence in a criminal proceeding, Southwark Crown Court was told how the Serious Fraud Office is chaotically ran with key documents missing or not kept.

Richard Alderman was giving evidence in a hearing that is determining whether the SFO has broken its own rules.

He admitted that a key document relating to the investigation of a collapsed hedge fund “could not be found”. In response Peter Lodder QC told the court “There’s an element of almost chaos in the way this office is being run, with a lack of records and a lack of retention of important documents.”

Mr Lodder is representing Magnus Peterson, the founder of Weavering Capital, a $600m hedge fund that collased in 2009. He had been charged by the SFO with 16 counts of bribery, forgery and false accounting.

Mr Peterson has accused the SFO of abuse in its procedure and handling of the investigation.

Mr Alderman’s tenure has already attracted political scrutiny after a series of investigatory mishaps and accusations of mismanagement, including a secret exit payment to his deputy Ms Williamson. His replacement, David Green, has vowed to turn the agency around. The court heard this week that Mr Green alone officially accepts cases for investigation.

The agency is also facing a claim of £300m damages, the most expensive in its history, after admitting errors in the investigation of the property entrepreneurs the Tchenguiz brothers.

With serious questions regarding the conduct of the SFO it is imperative that you contact DPP corporate defence if your company is facing an SFO investigation.


Child Welfare Before Presumption of Equal Access


An amendment to the Children and Families Bill has been welcomed by children’s charities.

The fear had been that child welfare was not at the heart of legislation concerning parental separation.

The Shared Parenting Consortium, led by Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) was concerned that the adoption of clause 11, which states that courts should ‘presume, unless the contrary is shown, that involvement of that parent in the life of the child concerned will further the child’s welfare’ could lead to separating parents assuming they are legally bound to equally share access to their children.

Following a campaign last year, an amendment to clause 11 has now been approved by the House of Lords. it now clarifies that “involvement” may be direct or indirect and not a division of a child’s time.

CCLC’s Director of International Programmes and Research, Professor Carolyn Hamilton said:

“The message to separating parents is that neither mothers nor fathers are entitled to a legally binding presumption of shared access.

“Decision-making instead should rightly focus on determining the needs and best interests of each individual child, rather than focusing on the expectations of parents.”

The amendment is now awaiting approval from the Commons.

If you are in the process of separating from your partner and need advice regarding child access then contact DPP family solicitors.

We can advise you on your rights regarding your child’s welfare and assist you during this difficult period.

Taking Whiplash Seriously


Whiplash is an injury that needs to be taken seriously.

According to NHS reports it can take an average of 32 days to recover after whiplash.

20% of sufferers can still experience symptoms up to a year later and many of these will suffer psychological problems such as depression and anxiety as a direct result of their whiplash injuries.

Injuries are caused by the sudden jerking motion of the head being thrown forward, backwards and sideways during impact, usually in a road traffic accident. It is always advised that no matter how small the impact, you should always seek medical advice as symptoms can take as long as 24 hours to develop.

Whiplash causes extreme pain to the neck, stiffness and headaches. It will seriously inhibit movement and impact everyday movements.

Unfortunately new government crackdowns and increased negative press has impacted whiplash compensation.

It has been estimated by APIL that 40% of people who suffer whiplash injuries do not come forward to claim any compensation.

It is feared that the new government measures will make it even harder for genuine claimants to receive compensation, and even dissuade many from coming forward to make a claim.

Shadow Justice Minister Andy Slaughter has called the reforms an attack on genuine victims.  He has pointed out that just an estimated 7% of claims for whiplash are thought to be fraudulent.

At DPP, we are committed to getting people the compensation they deserve.

If you are one of those 40% of whiplash sufferers that have not claimed compensation then please contact our whiplash solicitors immediately

Recruitment Opportunity: Children Panel Members

David Phillips and Partners are seeking to recruit Children Panel Members(or those who are close to Panel status) to join our busy family law team in Bootle, Merseyside. We also have vacancies in our East/Central Lancashire Branch and in our South East network of offices.

Please email: SueChristopher@dpp-law.com to include the following information…

1) Date of appointment, or expected date of appointment to Children Panel

2) Preferred Office location, Bootle, Lancashire or South East

3) Salary expectation and period of notice.

Closing date for applications 11th February 2014.

DPP Actions Against The Police Expert Settles 5 figure Compensation for Client


Iain Gould, Actions Against The Police expert and partner at DPP Law today successfully settled substantial compensation for his client following an assault by a security guard at Central Station in Liverpool on 10 January 2012.

Mark Holt, 53, of Waterloo, had his front tooth knocked out after being placed in a headlock and wrestled to the floor at the train Station, before being arrested in front of his stunned wife.

British Transport Police came and handcuffed Mr. Holt while the first security guard gave an untrue account of the incident.

Image of the incident, seen below.

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The security guard claimed that Mark:

  • was drunk and abusive;
  • had swung a punch at the guard, which missed; and
  • that the guard, fearing for his own safety, wrestled Mr. Holt to the ground.

The police accepted this story without question, despite Mark’s protests.

Mr. Holt was arrested for a breach of Section 4 of the Public Order Act (1986) (using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour against someone with intent to cause that person to believe that immediate unlawful violence will be used against them).

He was kept in St. Anne Street police station overnight before being released on police bail.

Mr. Gould obtained CCTV footage from Merseytravel which showed that Mr. Holt had not thrown a punch or done anything wrong.

Mr. Gould claimed compensation for Mr. Holt’s assault and false imprisonment. Carlisle Security’s legal representatives also saw the CCTV footage but denied liability, saying that their byelaw enforcement officer security guards have the power to arrest and detain and that the guards were acting within their rights.

Mr. Gould issued court proceedings and today settled Mark’s claim out-of-court for a five-figure amount, plus full legal costs.

He warns,

‘Mark’s pleasant day out was ruined by the actions of a security guard who had been given too much power.

I urge Merseytravel and Carlisle Security to review their arrangements and staff training to avoid this happening to other innocent rail users.’


Read the Full Story and Watch the “Shocking CCTV Footage” via the Liverpool Echo Website here.


Contact DPP Law today if you’ve been wrongfully arrested or suffered an an assault by the police, british transport police or even a security guard.

You can fill out our simple online contact form and a member of our actions against the police team will be in touch with you within 24 hours to discuss your case.

Amanda Knox States That She Would Become A Fugitive If Handed Extradition Charge.


For the first time American Amanda Knox has stated that she is prepared to become a fugitive if the Italian Court overturned her 2011 acquittal for the murder of British undergraduate Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007.

Speaking from her hometown of Seattle, Knox replied, “In that case I will be…how does one say…a fugitive” when asked what she would do if the court did overturn her acquittal.

The Italian Supreme Court had criticised the appeals court decision to release Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in 2011. A new hearing began in September last year to re-examine the case, especially the DNA evidence that was crucial to Knox’s acquittal.

If found guilty when the verdict is delivered on January 30th, Italy could apply for Knox to be extradited back to the country. However her US lawyers are expected to resist any extradition charge. They will base this on the double jeopardy principle – where a defendant cannot be tried twice for the same crime.Knox has said that the evidence used to convict her had been circumstantial, and her sometimes-erratic behavior used to highlight her guilt by prosecutors.

In an email read out to the appeals court Knox pleaded her innocent and said, “even if I had shown up at the police station nude and dancing, that doesn’t mean I was an assassin”.

Ivory Coast born Rudy Guede is the only person who has been given a definitive sentence for Kercher’s murder. He is currently serving a 16 year sentence and insists the real killers are still free.


If you or a family member is facing the prospect of an extradition charge then please contact DPP solicitors today.

Our experienced Criminal Defence Solicitors can help you put forward the very best case possible to defend your name and honour. We understand that extradition can tear apart families and destroy lives.

Contact us today by filling in the linked Contact Us form for an immediate response.