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NUM fuming over Raleys 'insult'

By gail robinson, Town Reporter Tuesday 29th July 2014

A BARNSLEY law firm that made more than £77 million from miners' compensation could be dropped by the NUM after calling its members 'thick'.

The insult came in a training manual Raleys Solicitors wrote for its own staff. In that manual a generic miner making a compensation claim is referred to as "Mr Thikas Toosh Ortplanks".

This week the Yorkshire area council of the NUM voted to send a strongly worded letter to Raleys inviting the firm, which has acted as the union's solicitors for more than 90 years, to the union's Barnsley HQ to explain their actions.

Carol Gill, managing partner of Raleys Solicitors, said: "The reference was part of a staff training exercise conducted in 2002. I believe it did not reflect the true, general attitude of Raleys at the time, and it certainly does not reflect the attitude of any of our staff today."


** The full story is in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated July 25. **

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Posted by Roy I Wed 30th Jul 2014 at 12:22pm

Very professional I must say. Reflects well for this company. Its nice to know how companies such as these what they really feel about the people who essentially use their services and pay their wages.

Posted by VWF Law Firm I Wed 30th Jul 2014 at 12:37pm

This news first came to light on the 20th July in the Mail Online and the law firm I work for covered it as they speacise in these claims.

Posted by fred I Thu 31st Jul 2014 at 8:19am

VWF - Exactly what point are you trying to make ?

Posted by VWF Law Firm I Thu 31st Jul 2014 at 10:31am

That the Chronicle were slow to put this on their social media.

Posted by Wendy I Fri 1st Aug 2014 at 11:37am

Typical of educated people who should know better. Disgusting behaviour. Reminds me of a doctor who said when working at Sheffield Hospital, in symptoms they put 'from Barnsley'. When will the day come people won't laugh at us? Miners helped to put these prigs through a free education system.

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