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1 UNITE LEGAL NEWS North East, Yorkshire & Humberside November 2013 Special Edition 1 REGIONAL PANEL SOLICITORS Welcome to a special edition bulletin introducing all of our regional panel solicitors who are now in place, working for our members within your sectors. Your solicitors are currently working on literature which you will be able to display at your workplace, helping to make life simpler for the membership in the event they are unfortunate enough to have an accident either in or outside of the workplace, hopefully taking some of the stress away when having to deal with these sorts of issues. Using a lawyer outside of the approved panel solicitors could mean that fees or deductions are made from any compensation you may receive. This could be up to 25%, this means if you are awarded 10,000 but use a high street solicitor, they are able to deduct up to 2,500 from YOUR money! By using Unite Legal Services you can rest assured your rights will be protected. You will receive the best possible advice available from experienced, expert teams who have been acting for trade union members for decades. Unite Legal Services grants you access to the best advice, best lawyers and the best possible support you and your non-working dependents can hope to receive. BEECHAM PEACOCK EAD MORRISH & CO THOMPSONS SOLICITORS

2 As a Unite member you are entitled to assistance under the Unite Legal Services scheme. With over 60 years experience, Beecham Peacock provide the full range of Unite legal services in house, from Personal Injury, Employment and Family Law issues, to being charged with a crime or motoring offence, moving home or dealing with probate. Employment Advice We work closely with Officers to ensure that they are supported in industrial activities, and provide advice and representation to members when things go wrong at work. All services are provided at no cost to members and Unite offer an Employment Tribunal fee loan scheme. Please contact your officer who will refer you to Beecham Peacock where appropriate. Probate & Will Writing Service As a Unite member you are entitled to take advantage of our free will writing service, which provides peace of mind and a professional service to ensure that your loved ones are provided for in accordance with your wishes. You are also able to obtain advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate at a discounted rate. Spouses and partners are also eligible for a discounted will writing service as part of your membership. For more information call us on Criminal Law Our experienced Criminal Law team can provide assistance when a criminal conviction, such as a motoring offence, may affect you at work. They are experienced in dealing with a range of criminal matters and can provide support and expert legal advice 24 hours a day. For more information call us on Personal Injury If you have been involved in an accident at work, road traffic accident or are suffering as a result of industrial disease, our Personal Injury team can assist you in recovering 100% of the compensation that you are entitled to. We are also experienced in dealing with brain and spinal injuries. All claims are conducted at no cost to you and there will be no deductions from any compensation awarded, unlike many organisations who now charge a success fee. This service is also available to your immediate family where they are not in employment. Call legal services on Conveyancing As a Unite member you are entitled to discounted conveyancing charges when you move home. For more information call us on Family Law Through your trade union membership you are able to access a free initial 30 minute advice appointment on any family law matter. As a union member you will also benefit from reduced advice rates after the initial appointment. Family and friends are also able to contact us for a free initial 30 minute advice appointment or call us on General Legal Helpline You are entitled to a free initial 30 minute advice appointment on any legal matter as part of your trade union membership

3 Say hands off my 25% to your High Street Solicitor First for Legal Services for Unite Members Call us with your Personal Injury Claim on Personal Injury Claims EAD Solicitors LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England (registered number OC334289) and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (487037). A list of members of the LLP is available for inspection at our registered office Prospect House, Columbus Quay, Liverpool, L3 4DB, together with a list of those non-members who are designated as partners. Any reference to a partner in relation to the LLP means a member or employee of, or consultant to, the LLP. Unite working with EAD Solicitors provide a full range of legal services; from seeking compensation for a personal injury or industrial disease to employment related advice and representation.

4 From 1st April 2013, government legislation means that solicitors can take up to 25% of your compensation award. Using Unite solicitors for legal assistance can guarantee that you get 100% of any award given. Enjoy heavy discounts from other legal services such as Conveyancing and Wills & Probate. Our promise to you We know, the services we offer are better than any you would find on the high street because we use the best lawyers and we don t take a cut of any damages or compensation awarded to you. Remember You can also instruct EAD Solicitors for accidents outside the workplace including 100% compensation cover for your family We can help you plan for the future by providing a Will writing service, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills, to assisting with the day-to-day issues that life throws up such as moving house. By using EAD s Unite The Union Team, instead of a High Street Solicitor (HSS) you get: 100% Compensation award for: (HSS takes 25%) Personal Injury Medical Negligence Road Traffic Accidents Accidents at Work Plus Free Employment Law advice and no loss of damages or fees paid (HSS takes up to 1/3 Fees up to 1200) Discounted Conveyancing & Wills and Probate services (Free basic Wills) So why would you use anyone else? Call us today on

5 Legal Services for Life from Morrish Solicitors LLP As a Unite member you are entitled to benefit from a full range of legal services: seeking compensation for personal injury or medical negligence; employment advice and representation; helping to plan for the future with a free will writing service; Powers of Attorney and Living Wills; or assisting with the day-to-day issues that life throws up, such as moving house or family issues. As a law firm we have over 100 years experience working with unions. We understand your workplace and we have a close relationship with Unite and its activists. What services do we provide to you as a Unite member? Personal Injury Claims 100% of the compensation awarded is paid to you. We will ensure that you obtain full compensation to reflect all the losses you may have suffered because of an accident. We will do everything we can to assist you getting back on your feet and moving forward with your life. We are leading experts in all areas of compensation claims, including accidents at work, road accidents, asbestos, personal injury, industrial disease and brain and spinal injuries. Please note that this service is also available to your immediate family.

6 Employment Issues We work closely with Unite officers to provide you with a seamless service which link both legal and industrial expertise and we have extensive experience of Employment Tribunal representation, regularly acting in claims involving unfair dismissal, redundancy, protective awards, discrimination, equal pay, holidays, pay and other benefits. Other Services Free Will Writing Service - Unite s Will service is simple, quick and free. Conveyancing, Property, Divorce & Family Law - As a Unite member you are entitled to take advantage of our reduced costs. Please contact us on:

7 Giving you greater security when you need it most About Thompsons Thompsons Solicitors has been standing up for the injured and mistreated since Harry Thompson founded the firm in For over 90 years,thompsons has fought for millions of people, won countless landmark cases and secured key legal reforms.we have more experience of winning personal injury and employment claims than any other firm and we use that experience solely for the injured and mistreated. Visit or call The Spirit of Brotherhood by Bernard Meadows Standing up for you

8 Unite members have access to comprehensive legal support The personal injury team atthompsons brings together specialist solicitors and lawyers from every corner of the UK and is totally committed to securing the best possible outcome for Unite North East members, in the shortest possible time. Our solicitors will guide you through every step of the way. Thompsons provides expert guidance and support to Unite members on: Personal injury claims including serious injuries Extended personal injury service for members families Road traffic accident management including replacement car service Employment rights Criminal legal advice 24 hour legal helpline Free will writing service Fixed fee probate Lasting power of attorney Financial mis-selling advice Conveyancing Unlike high street firms who, after law changes, can now take up to 25% of compensation,thompsons legal service is free and you will always keep 100% of your compensation. Trade Union Law Group Thompsons' Trade Union Law Group was established in 2008 to act as a specialist resource for trade unions in respect of institutional trade union law,tulrca compliance, Certification Officer cases, collective labour law and many other aspects of trade union expertise. Thompsons also provides information on current legal issues and responds to government proposals and policy reviews that can be read at Visit or call Patrick O Malley, from near Goole, spent four years in hospital after he was seriously brain damaged during an accident while working for Powertherm Access Services. Following Patrick s accident his mother, Maisey, contacted his trade union, Unite, which instructed its lawyers Thompsons Solicitors to pursue a claim for compensation. Maisey said: I was devastated en Patrick had his accident. He was only 29 at the time the accident and had all his life ahead him but some wrong bolts trashed his future. e interim compensation s ured by ompsons meant we were able to adapt a bungalow to suit Patrick s disability. is full award will mean his needs will be provided for the r t his life. Standing up for you

9 Lesley Yule - Legal & Affi liates Co-ordinator. Regional Offi ce, 55 Call Lane, LEEDS. LS1 7BW Tel:

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