Firearms Amendment Act 1997

Firearms Amendment ActThe UK government introduced the Firearms Amendment Act which prohibited ownership and sale of handguns. Manufacturers, retailers, individual owners and rifle ranges suffered losses. We encouraged the industry to form the 'Firearm's Industry Compensation Group' (FICG) which successfully lobbied for the trade to be included in the scheme.

We prepared and negotiated some 3,000 claims for the trade and private individuals using a network of valuation centres across the UK that we designed and operated. A key part of the success of the firearm hand-in that followed the Dunblane tragedy was as a result of us working closely with the firearms industry and the Home Office to build a complete database of handguns and their values which was used for valuing the stock being surrendered.

Pollution - oil tanker disasters

oil tanker disasterThe Liberian tanker Braer, grounded at the southern end of Shetland, was possibly the biggest oil Tamker spill in history. We successfully prepared the case for the claims from fish processors for loss of profits, salmon farmers for price damage and the tourism industry for generic marketing.

We also acted for the fishing industry when the Sea Empress incident occurred in Wales and, more recently, for members of the tourist industry and fishing industry associated businesses following the Erika disaster off the coast of Brittany, France, and the Prestige off the coast of Spain.

In all cases, we established a local office staffed over the interruption period so that regular interim claims could be submitted to enable the expected income to continue for those in the fishing industry who depended on it.

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