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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Bradford MP demands justice over victims of law firm collapse

Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West, has made a passionate call for justice for those effected by the collapse of the Sheffield based firm, SSB Law. In the commons she stated:

“The Prime Minister is no doubt aware of the collapse of SSB and many constituents including hundreds of in my constituency and have bills of up to hundreds of thousands.”

She went on to detail the devastating impact of the situation, including visits from bailiffs, extreme distress, and even one person having a heart attack. She finished her speech by calling the situation:

“An injustice that happened to people across the country”.

Halifax MP Holly Lynch has also joined the call for justice, calling the situation a, “scandal upon a scandal” and saying that she has heard clients worry over losing their homes.

There is also concern over the door-to-door sales tactics allegedly used by the firm.

The situation came about due to the collapse of the law firm. SSB was a law firm offering, ‘no win, no fee’ services related to claims on defective cavity wall insulation.

Despite having a large caseload, the firm collapsed – resulting in clients owning huge and unexpected bills, often in excess of £35,000. The situation has affected an estimated 1,400 people. Despite being told that they would not have to pay, even in the situation lost, the demise of the firm meant that clients were hit with steep and often unaffordable court costs.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority are currently investigating the situation. SSB Group own SSB Law.

“At the end of 2023, we received a number of reports that SSB Group’s clients were unexpectedly being pursued to pay adverse legal costs in relation to their discontinued cavity wall insulation (CWI) litigation claims.

SSB Group had arranged after the event (ATE) insurance for clients to cover the other side’s costs in relation to their CWI claims on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis. However, the ATE insurance providers have declined to meet the costs as expected under the insurance policy, and so the defendants have pursued SSB Group’s clients for costs.”

They go on to say:

“We expect solicitors to provide a competent service, and act in the best interest of their clients. We are investigating whether SSB Group acted in compliance with our professional standards.”

The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has agreed with the severity of the situation and pledged to take action. He stated:

“I’m sorry to hear about the situation impacting the honourable lady’s constituents. I’ll be more than happy to make sure the right minister looks into it and we het back to her as soon as possible.”

Commons leader Penny Mordaunt has also said that she would write to the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities for intervention guidance to help resolve the issue.

 

 

 

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