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Society given ‘Core Participant’ status

The Haemophilia Society has been given ‘Core Participant’ status for the Statutory Public inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal. The enables The Society to make application under the Inquiries Act 2005 for the cost of legal representation for both The Society and those who join with The Society and its representation. As such The Society will be engaging the legal team rather than individuals needing to take on that responsibility. In addition, by joining with The Society people with have the benefit of the support of both The Society and its legal representatives.

The Society has appointed Malcomson Law as their legal advisors. Malcomson Law has unrivalled experience in the bleeding disorders litigation having represented people with bleeding disorders at other public inquiries, compensation tribunal scheme applications and representing the interests of people with bleeding disorders at government level in several countries.

Leading the team from Malcomson Law will be Raymond Bradley, their managing partner, who has more than 20 years’ experience in public inquiries, compensation schemes and civil litigation in the health law area. He has represented the Irish Haemophilia Society since 1995 in their various quests for justice. Internationally he has advised Japanese lawyers on blood and blood product contamination, worked with the New Zealand Haemophilia Society in achieving its access to compensation and, following the Krever Inquiry in Canada, worked in relation to the criminal prosecution by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also, he has worked with legal teams that have secured millions in compensation to individual victims of contaminated blood and blood products.

The Society is able to assist its members in providing written statements or delivering personal testimony during the course of this inquiry. This is a matter for each individual person infected or affected to decide whether he or she wishes to give evidence. The Society will provide the all assistance necessary, both through The Society’s own resources and its legal advisors. The Society and Malcomson Law will also help and advise in gathering documentation, including medical records, which may be useful for the Inquiry’s investigation.

It is The Society’s intention to arrange dedicated meetings where you will be briefed on the progress of The Inquiry where also you will have an opportunity to contribute to the issues you believe are relevant to be investigated during the course of the Inquiry process itself. The Society is committed towards regular communications to keep you fully up to date with The Inquiry and its work in progress.

While there is no obligation upon you to utilise The Society or its legal team, we have been representing members for more than 60 years and will continue to do this over the course of the inquiry and beyond.  We believe we have assembled a formidable team at The Society with unparalleled experience of the challenges the inquiry will now present.  We would, therefore, hope that you will join with us and allow us to represent your interests at this important phase of our community’s history.

We would re-iterate that we welcome the opportunity the inquiry will present to examine the actions of The Society in the past and we will assist with this to the best of our ability.

To join with the Society and Malcomson Law simply complete the Word version of the ‘Expression of Interest’ form and return it to The Society, we will then be in touch with you. It is easiest to download this, fill it in on a computer and email it to publicinquiry@haemophilia.org.uk

You will need to be a member of The Society, which is free to join, but you will be able to opt out of any communications that are not related to the Inquiry or any topic should you so wish.

If you are having problems accessing the form you can download a pdf version here which you can print and return to us by post to The Haemophilia Society, Willcox House, 140-148 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1LB.

Please also share this information with friends or family if it is of interest.  If you have any questions, or want any further information please contact us at publicinquiry@haemophilia.org.uk or by phone on 0207 939 0780.

Raymond Bradley

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