As specialists in the area of industrial disease, Hattons is leading the way with challenges against unfair charges and delays experienced when dealing with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to obtain client’s Inland Revenue Employment Histories.
“At the moment we are experiencing delays of up to six months in obtaining an employment history for a client from HMRC,” says Jenna Gielty, the Hattons solicitor who specialises in acting for industrial disease claimants. “This delay has a knock-on effect on the whole case because clients only have three years to bring a claim in any event, and so it reduces that time significantly. As well as delays in obtaining information, if a client has passed away HMRC are making the bereaved family make an application to the High Court to obtain a Court Order for release of the Inland Revenue employment history. The application cost for this is £155.00 and HMRC believe that their costs should be paid in addition to this, along with the legal costs for a solicitor to represent the bereaved family in such an application.”
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With everyone familiar with the phrase ‘buy now, pay later’, Hattons is trying to make people aware of an issue that could be classed as ‘act now, don’t pay later’.
“The need to protect yourself both now and in the future by organising a Power of Attorney as soon as possible is one that not many people tend to think about, but it really is very important,” says David Merrills, Hattons solicitor. “A lot of people think that Power of Attorneys are only for the elderly who may be starting to lose capacity, but these documents should be sorted out as early as possible and treated almost as an insurance-type document. If people can organise this as early as possible, rather than waiting until something happens years down the line, it can save a lot of time, effort and money.”
Listen to the Hattons Solicitors Industrial Diseases radio advert which will be broadcast on Wish FM throughout the year.
St Helens is an area of heavy industry, and unfortunately as a result of just going to work each day, some workers will have developed deafness, numbness and tingling in their fingers and sadly asbestos related illnesses. You may think that there is nothing that can be done as the businesses have since closed down. This is not the case as although the business may have closed, in all likelihood their insurers will still be trading and it is them that ultimately will be paying out your compensation.
The Department welcomed Kayley Farmer in December 2014, who is working towards her CILEX. She joins the Family Team to develop and strengthen the same. We are proud of the development, achievements and the aspirations of the Family Department, which was set up only 3 Years ago.
We are also pleased to announce that Deb Choudhuri has recently been appointed as a Member on the National Committee for the Domestic Abuse Group with Resolution. He is also the Secretary for Merseyside Resolution and a Member of the Family sub Committee with Liverpool Law Society.
Many people think that they will live forever, and so planning for the future can be put off for another day. Sadly, for some, that day comes all too soon, and an opportunity has been missed to put your affairs in order, both for your own sake, and that of your family. It is never to early to begin this process, and no amount of assets is too small for proper consideration to be given of how you want it to be dealt with.
Listen to the Hattons Solicitors Accident at Work radio advert which was broadcast on Wish FM in April.
Listen to the Hattons Solicitors Industrial Diseases radio advert which was broadcast on Wish FM in March.