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Junior Football Fundraising for Chesterfield Macmillan Cancer Centre

May 22, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Junior footballers from the Derbyshire area enthusiastically turned out to train at the Proact Stadium on Saturday the 16th May as part of a fundraising launch to help MacMillan Cancer Support raise funds for their Chesterfield based Cancer Centre.

The Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre campaign needs to raise £2.5 million towards the brand new, state-of-the art, purpose built building which will provide access to treatment, care, support and advice for many people in our community.

Donate today and help Macmillan support people living with cancer and their families.

Training Session Highlights

Juniors aged between 7 and 13 took part in a training session on Chesterfield FC's esteemed pitch whilst spectators and Spencers staff contributed generously through donations, a raffle and a football themed quiz.

The training 'kicked off' just before 9.30am and the kids were put through their paces until just after 11.00am, having enjoyed a quick break to welcome an exciting visitor...

Dean Saunders, recently appointed Chesterfield manager, popped in to say hello and cameras were soon snapping away.

Team photo of the junior footballers

Spectator Fundraising Galore

Whilst the juniors were honing their skills on the pitch, spectators were taking part in a prize raffle draw and football-themed quiz.

Prizes up for grabs in the raffle included a signed Chesterfield FC shirt, signed football, a Cineworld gift card, Chesterfield FC match day tickets, bottles of wine and chocolates. With ticket strips costing just £1, many spectators were seen diving into their pockets for the chance to win one of the fabulous prizes on offer.

Tension was rumoured to be rising during the football quiz until one competitive spectator, Louise, was presented with a bottle of fizz and declared quiz champion.

Post coaching, medals were awarded to recognise outstanding skills on the pitch and all session attendees were presented with award certificates for their participation and effort throughout.

Kelly Pashley-Handford HR Manager at Spencers Solicitors commented:

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"The event was enjoyed by everyone who was involved and we raised a grand total of £175.00. Grateful thanks go to Brent Marsh who expertly facilitated the training session; to Chesterfield FC for its hospitality and raffle prizes and of course; to everyone who contributed and came along to support such an inspiring and much needed local facility."



See our Pinterest board for more photos from the session and please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/chesterfieldappeal to donate to the Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre.

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John Spencer scoops Outstanding Achievement gong at Modern Claims Awards

May 12, 2015 at 2:27 PM

John Spencer, Chairman of personal injury law firm Spencers Solicitors, has been awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 Modern Claims Awards.

The awards, run for the first time this year, attracted more than 400 professionals from the insurance, legal and claims management sectors. The programme has been established in association with Modern Claims magazine to celebrate talent and success across the industry and was held at The Royal Armouries in Leeds.

John Spencer with the Outstanding Achievement of the Year award

A diverse range of judges, reflecting every aspect of the claims industry, selected this year's winners. Categories included Lawyer of the Year, Legal Team of the Year and Innovation of the Year.

Commenting on his award, John said:

"I'm very proud to have been selected by the judges for this award. It's a great endorsement of the approach Spencers as a firm, and I have taken to personal injury practice: putting claimants interests first and consistently calling for reform in the industry to push for more fairness and transparency."

John Spencer's Outstanding Achievement Award was a special accolade, given at the discretion of the judging panel and represents John's overall contribution to the industry.

John has over 28 years' experience as a personal injury solicitor and is a consistent advocate for claimant rights and the wholesale reform of the personal injury sector, he is also a past president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Winner Outstanding Achievement of the year - Modern Claims Awards 2015

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Compensation Culture: Don't tar all drivers with the same brush

April 28, 2015 at 2:58 PM

According to AXA Chief Executive Paul Evans, when drivers are involved in a collision their immediate thought isn't "I want to keep costs my down and fix the car" but "how can I profit from this?" Then late last year Aviva also announced that they had experienced a significant rise in 'crash for cash' insurance fraud.

However this isn't just limited to road users; if you believe what you read, Britain is suffering from an acute case of 'compensation culture'. Politicians, journalists, even High Court judges have all waxed lyrical about this blight on our society.

I believe this could not be further from the truth and in no way reflects what I witness first hand as a solicitor.

The number of road accident claims is not increasing

We deal with people everyday who are simply seeking recompense for a road injury they have suffered. More often than not, they come to us as a means of last resort having exhausted all their other options.

This is backed up by data which provides empirical evidence that the facts are at odds with all the hype.

Car after a head on collision

A YouGov poll published in July showed that only 25% of Brits would even consider making a claim if they suffered an injury - a figure which is down 4% on the previous year.

Data from The Work and Pensions' Compensation Recovery Unit, which collects statistics for all personal injury claims, also makes interesting reading. It shows that there has actually been a 3% reduction in overall claims since 2012. Interestingly, the area of personal injury claims which is most targeted by the press and the politicians, road incidents, has fallen by 7% since 2011. Claims for whiplash, often cited as the most abused personal injury claim type, have also fallen by nearly a third.

Looking at the figures it is difficult to see how it can be asserted that British society is somehow obsessed with compensation claims. It seems harder still to apply the label to drivers.

The fraudulent claims argument

A common argument put forward by bodies such as the Association of British Insurers (ABI) is that these figures do not show the levels of fraudulent claims made in the UK. According to the ABI, 'undetected general insurance claims fraud totals £2.1bn a year' with 'crash for cash' fraud, in particular costing £392 million a year. Just last year, Aviva claimed that 'crash for cash' claims were at an all-time high, having increased by 21% since 2013. However these figures are likely speculative in nature and cannot be taken as gospel.

These speculative figures create a lack of clarity with regards to the actual level of fraud in the system. The Transport Select Committee even went as far as to recognise questionable insurance figures in its recent report 'Driving premiums down: fraud and the cost of motor insurance'.

They recommended that the government needs to ensure that:

"there exists better data about fraudulent or exaggerated PI claims, so that there is a stronger evidence base for policy decisions" and that "since the Government has added the ABI's figures for dishonest claims in 2013, it should explain how the figures have been arrived at and how dishonest claims have been defined."

A Bus and van crash

Injured people have the right to seek justice

More important than all these statistics though, is that the phrase 'compensation culture' instantly invokes distrust of anyone seeking perfectly just redress for an injury. As the research shows, this distrust is unfounded and distracts from the real issue at hand - justice. If you are injured in a road collision that was not your fault, justice demands you are compensated for your losses. This should not be up for dispute.

We should support a system which allows those injured on our roads to seek appropriate justice.

The term 'compensation culture' is a divisive one, demonising those who need our help most. We need to ensure better outcomes, rehabilitation and care for injured drivers.

Those of us who use Britain's road network can draw comfort from the knowledge that we have some of the safest roads in Europe, but we must also make sure that when we do suffer an injury, we always receive a fair hearing and appropriate compensation.


About the author

Amy Smitheringale PhotoAmy Smitheringale is a Chartered Legal Executive and Solicitor with more than 16 years experience in civil litigation. Amy is the manager of a team of litigators at Spencers Solicitors who deal with a wide variety of personal injury and road accident claims.

The above blog also appeared in the 2015 issue one of Driving Instructor Magazine

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