MW Solicitors were proud to attend the Hazards Conference 2017, held on the 28th to 30th of July 2017 at Keele University, Stoke on Trent. Hazards Conference is the biggest grassroots Health and Safety conference in the Northern Hemisphere attended by over 350 Union Safety Representatives and Health and Safety Campaigners. The theme of this year's conference was "Organizing Health, Safety and Welfare in an Insecure World"
MW Solicitors strongly supports the work of the Hazards Campaign which supports individuals and groups fighting for justice over work-related injuries and diseases. This includes challenging the victimisation and blacklisting of safety activists, supporting bereaved relatives of those killed at work, workers suffering occupational injuries or diseases in pursuit of justice, highlighting the unfairness of the compensation system and pressing for improvements to policy, law and practice.
Head of Personal Injury, Helen Clifford and Head of Road Traffic Collisions Joanna Bailey, represented MW Solicitors at the conference and spoke at Saturday's Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK) Seminar "Work-Related Death, Supporting Families and Fighting Back. The Seminar was Chaired by Hilda Palmer, Co-ordinator of Greater Manchester Hazards Campaign. FACK is supported by TU donations and sponsorship from Irwin Mitchell and McMillan Williams solicitors.
(Left to Right) MW Solicitors Helen Clifford and Joanna Bailey
FACK supports families after a work-related death and advocates for them throughout the investigation process, inquest and any prosecutions which may result. The seminar also focused on the role played by supporting solicitors, such as MW Solictors, who provide essential legal support to ensure that those families who suffer work-related deaths have "equality of arms" in terms of legal representation at Inquests.
Helen Clifford was honoured to speak at the closing Plenary meeting on Sunday Morning entitled "Enough is Enough: End deregulation now!"
Helen Clifford speaks at closing plenery meeting of Hazards Conference 2017
(Left to Right) Hilda Palmer (Chair of FACK), Michael Lancaster (GMB Union), Tracey Seward (FACK Member) and her daughter Daisy Seward, Joanna Bailey (MW Solicitors), Helen Clifford (MW Solicitors)