RESPONSE BY THOMPSONS SOLICITORS – NOVEMBER 2018
Thompsons Solicitors has responded to the government’s consultation on the Windrush compensation scheme.
Thompsons calls for full compensation to be paid to anyone whose life has been negatively impacted by the Home Office’s hostile environment policy or those who have faced difficulties due to unlawful challenges to their immigration status.
Compensation should be paid out by the government for issues that include loss of savings and property as well as reimbursement of the costs of continuing care for dependents while the affected individual was without work, held or deported. Compensation should also be extended to those who, as a result of an unjustified challenge by the Home Office, felt they had no choice but to leave their home in the UK.
Thompsons Solicitors argues that there is no maximum level of compensation that should be paid out under the scheme. Instead, compensation should cover all wrongs so that victims are put back in the position they would have enjoyed had the government not acted improperly.
Thompsons also submits that all legal fees should be covered by the compensation scheme and claims companies banned from involvement to avoid those without professional legal training like Mackenzie friends, either taking financial advantage of those who are already vulnerable or giving them poor legal advice.
The consultation response can be read in full in the link above.
Thompsons Solicitors has unique experience of representing victims within compensation schemes, including for industrial deafness, vibration white finger, the CBE scheme for ex-miners, and the pleural plaques compensation scheme.
The firm also supported mass litigation on behalf of black asbestos miners in South Africa leading to the establishment of a compensation scheme out there for the miners and their families paid for by the former mining companies and their investors.
For free legal advice, contact Thompsons Solicitors on 0800 0 224 224.