Penningtons Manches Cooper has been appointed by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) to represent its members in pursing claims for compensation for injury to feelings against the Government arising from discrimination following changes to their pensions caused by the introduction of a new scheme in 2015.
Although the Government has made a commitment to remedy the losses suffered by police officers, PFEW’s decision to launch legal action has been taken after unsuccessful discussions over the compensation to be awarded. The primary aim of the action is to ensure that those who have not already submitted a claim over the pension discrimination are also considered for any compensation judged to be appropriate by the courts.
PFEW members will be contacted by the Federation and those who are eligible to pursue a claim will be invited to join the group action through an online questionnaire and verification process via the PFEW website. This is scheduled to commence within the next fortnight. Applications must be completed by 17 July 2020 and any forms received after that date will be ineligible.
Penningtons Manches Cooper has been instructed to progress the claims once the online forms have been submitted and members’ eligibility to pursue a claim has been verified. Due to the volume of affected members, it will communicate through a series of group updates rather than with officers on an individual basis.
Specialists in employee and union law within the employment team at Penningtons Manches Cooper have over 20 years of experience in advising the Police Federation and its members on a range of issues. The team has received recognition from both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 and is considered a leading expert in the field of complex discrimination claims and class actions.
Further information on the group action claim can be obtained from the PFEW website.
Please note that all queries should be addressed to PFEW branch representatives or to the PFEW communications team rather than to Penningtons Manches Cooper directly.